Serving Tulsa’s Senior Community
Aging is guaranteed. It’s a common knowledge that as time progresses forward, so do we. Saint Simeon’s offers a full range of choices of care for Tulsa’s senior community in the picturesque Osage Hills. Their services include independent cottage living, four levels of assisted living including memory support, a health care center, skilled nursing and a memory center.
I sat down with Lindsey Morris, marketing manager at Saint Simeon’s Episcopal Home, and Carolyn Blaire, Foundation executive director at Saint Simeon’s, to speak to them about their upcoming fundraiser, “Western Days 2015.”
Since 1996, Western Days has brought together residents, their friends, families, loyal friends and supporters of Saint Simeon’s for an evening of fun, auctions, music and more to help fund operations and capital investments. They have expanded and this year anticipate 700 members of their Saint Simeon’s family to attend. Western Days 2015 Chairs David Hogan and June Patton are focusing this year’s theme on their tradition of “care.”
Established in 1960, by The Rev. Dr. E.H. Eckel, Saint Simeon’s has provided a safe haven for families and loved ones as they deal with the varying struggles of aging and memory loss. Their main focus has been to provide the best care for individuals of all faiths. Though the topic of assisted living is difficult at most, Western Days 2015 is a great way to meet others in similar situations or even open up that door of conversation.
With a purchase of a general ticket of $75 you can enjoy live music by Shelby Eicher, take a visit to the popular general store, “A Stitch-in-Time,” managed by resident Marie Millar displaying handcrafted items by Saint Simeon’s residents and staff, enjoy a wonderful dining experience, and of course meet the Chief Executive Cuddler, Simone, Saint Simeon’s famous In-House Therapy Dog.
When I asked Blaire to describe “Western Days” in her own words, she responded confidently, “It’s a warm event with a lot of heart.”
Saint Simeon’s Campus
Before leaving Saint Simeon’s, I was given a tour of their campus. If I had not known it was a senior living community I would have assumed it was a sanctuary of sorts. Set in the Osage Hills of Tulsa, Saint Simeon’s views are truly stunning.
As a Natural Wildlife Habitat accredited by the National Wildlife Federation, they have provided a serene and thrilling experience for all ages with their expanse of gardens populated by peacocks, turtles, coy and more. Inside I was shown their newest remodel of the health care floor, now with an open-layout plan and open kitchen, so that residents can enjoy watching their meals being made.
This year, they have also added skilled nursing to their full range of care choices those being: independent-cottage living, assisted living, health care and memory loss. They also have an indoor pool where I spotted a sign stating when the next “family swim” day was. I also walked past “Happy Hour” where people were enjoying treats and, from what I could tell, a good amount of belly-laughs.
The activities seemed endless, and the staff happy to be there and of assistance. I can only hope that as I have experienced with my own grandparents, we find ourselves in that stage of life, a “second home” where people want to rally for each other and remind you that even in our later years, life is worth living to the fullest.