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Monday, Aug. 10, 2020



The Oaks handles the chores while you enjoy life

Imagine a life where you don’t have to do anything but enjoy your best years.

Your retirement should not be full of worries about home maintenance and yard upkeep, but it should be full of hours in your day to do what you have always wanted to do: Travel more, enjoy the company of family and friends, pursue creative passions, develop a new hobby.

All these endeavors take time, time that you may not have if you’ve always got a list of chores and repairs. And at an age when home and yard work can be physically difficult, and the expense of maintaining both a motivator to downsize, the idea of a maintenance-free lifestyle has quite an appeal. Who wouldn’t enjoy freedom from the monotonous and strenuous upkeep of a house and yard?

Such a lifestyle can be found at The Oaks of Louisiana, a gated senior living community with 24/7 security.

There are senior adults who feel there is no real reason to move into a community like The Oaks unless they need the services and support of assisted living. There are many, however, who will happily dispel that line of thinking. They can give you a number of reasons – maintenance-free living topping the list – why you should move to a senior living community and into an independent living residence before you actually need assistance. Or before a life event requires a higher level of care such as skilled nursing.

Maintenance-free independent living at The Oaks means we handle housekeeping, lawn mowing and inside/outside maintenance. But we also offer a complete range of services and amenities designed to reinvigorate the quality of your life.


In a house, if something needs to be repaired, you do it yourself or you wait on a repairman, but not at The Oaks. If you have a problem, you pick up the phone, and it’s taken care of. “We offer peace of mind,” says James Parkerson, maintenance manager. “If there is ever any unforeseen issue, a maintenance tech is available to help 24/7.”

Air conditioner filters, appliances, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors are checked monthly. It is a wonderful service at a time in life when you may no longer have the desire or the energy to keep your home in tip-top shape.


A clean environment enhances one’s quality of life believes Tom Logsdon, housekeeping manager. He and his staff want Oaks residents to have the best environment and the best quality of life they can.

Attention to detail is evident throughout the campus, most notably in the common areas. It is not unusual to see staff cleaning carpets, washing windows, removing trash, dusting or even cleaning exterior patio furniture in the gardens and on patios around the property.

Housekeeping includes removal of linens, making beds, vacuuming, light dusting and cleaning bathrooms, kitchens and floors.

Campus and Grounds

As pristine as housekeeping keeps the interior, campus and grounds staff keep the exterior as immaculate. Residents no longer must concern themselves with pull cords, push mowers or finding a reliable landscape contractor. Acres of manicured lawns and beautiful gardens are mowed, trimmed, fertilized and weeded by a full campus and grounds staff whose goal is to make each resident “feel as if he or she has a personal gardener and lawncare service.”


While you may not be ready to give up your car, living at The Oaks means you won’t have to drive as often if you choose. Unlimited scheduled transportation is provided to appointments, hair salons, barber shops, banks, grocery stores or even to visit a friend. In addition,

there are opportunities to go on group outings to the symphony, restaurants, museums and shopping malls.

Dining Services

As with driving, cooking is optional as well. Dine with friends, make your meals at home or do both. You will love the chefprepared, restaurant-style meals that are nutritious, inspiringly creative and don’t skimp on taste. “We want residents to look forward to every meal,” says Philip Williamson, dining services manager.

“Our culinary team cultivates a nutritious menu that ranges from traditional comfort foods to unique tastes from around the world. We do not want residents to have monotonous meals.”


Pursue any of your own interests off campus or choose from a number of opportunities on campus to exercise, socialize, learn, create or explore each month. The calendar is comprised of health and wellness classes, spiritual life programs, book reviews, group excursions, socials and more.

What a way to spend your best years … loving the lifestyle, loving the community, loving the freedom.


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