From the outside, Oak Gardens has a very nice appearance. The facility is fairly new with a nice lawn and surrounding neighborhood. Upon entering Oak Gardens, I was shocked that there were no staff members at the front desk or anywhere in sight. My girlfriend and I were able to walk right upstairs to a main hallway where residents lived without having to speak with any employees. The inside was very clean and comfortable feeling, with several larger lounge areas that had a living room feel to them. There were a few residents scattered about watching television on a big screen TV, putting together puzzles, and chatting. There didn't seem to be much going on in the way of group activities, as each resident was sort of sitting alone doing their own thing.Next to each resident's door off the main hallway was a sign with their name and a little shelf which they could put pictures, ornaments, or anything they want to make their entryway more personalized. The inside of the resident I visited's room was fairly small - about the size of most single patient hospital rooms and a little larger than a standard college dorm room. There was enough space for her bed, a dresser, a small love seat and a rocking chair, a coffee table, and a small desk. She had her own bathroom attached on one wall, and a mini kitchen in a corner containing a sink, some cabinets, a dishwasher, and a microwave. The resident I visited said the other residents were very friendly and she had several friends who came to visit with her in her room quite often. She also said she enjoyed looking out her window which had a view of the front parking lot and a small woods across the street. She made sure to mention that the food they prepared were not her favorite, but she didn't mind them all too much. Finally, she said the location was great for her since her family lived less than a mile away in Altoona so she got to see them a lot.
Thank you, nalapoke, for taking a moment to visit one of our residents. I hope you enjoyed your visit! We take great pride in our comfortable, casual atmosphere. Our residents enjoy both our coordinated group activities, as well as, socializing with each other or doing individual activities such as the one you observed, puzzles. If you would like to provide any additional feedback, please visit our web site at www.alcco.com. We welcome you and your girlfriend back at Oak Gardens any time!