As the newest assisted living and memory care facility in the metro, HarborChase of South Oklahoma City offers attentive care, beautiful spaces and luxurious amenities. Located only 20 minutes from downtown Oklahoma City, the community offers a resort-style atmosphere combined with top-notch medical care.
“Our residents really enjoy the ambiance and community feel, where hospitality really is the focus,” Executive Director Willena Ferguson explains. “We focus on making sure that our residents are enjoying themselves and delighting in all that we have to offer.”
The new facility, located at 10801 South May Ave., opened in March and offers a new take on traditional assisted living. Willena is no stranger to planning and opening senior living facilities, and she explains that she’s never experienced another property quite like HarborChase.
“This is the fourth property that I have opened, but it is by far the most elegant and extraordinary property that I’ve ever been a part of,” she explains. “While it is built within a medical framework, our focus is completely and totally on hospitality.”
Among the many amenities, HarborChase offers a full-service bistro for casual dining, bar and cocktail lounge, upscale fine dining restaurant, full-service barber and beauty salon, putting green, art studio, club room, and fitness center. The facility offers daily housekeeping service, scheduled transportation, and three chef-prepared meals daily.
“Our residents love that eating in our dining room is like being in a country club, offering lots of choices and even an a la carte menu,” Willena adds. The community’s executive chef offers diverse menu choices, ranging from flatbread pizzas made to order straight from the stone pizza oven, to unforgettable meals such as prime rib and lobster in the elegant reservation-only Grille Room.
Building on the community’s resort-like feel, residents can enjoy activities and events designed to engage their physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being.
“We offer a wide variety of programs, from yoga to pottery, as well as a game room, shuffleboard, bible study and art,” Willena says. “We want to encourage family togetherness, so we include activities and games to bring in children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and make their time together enjoyable.”
In addition, residents and their families can enjoy the outdoor kitchen in the central courtyard, complete with a seating area and grill that are perfect for family cookouts.
The facility also includes an 1,800-square-foot FEMA-approved safe room, designed to withstand 500 mph winds.
“Our facility is very safe. Many of our residents are tornado survivors, so we are delighted to provide a place where they can feel safe and enjoy a sense of security,” Willena adds.
Families can also rest easy, knowing that their loved ones are receiving the best possible medical care.
“One of our biggest benefits is that we have top-notch nursing care available 24 hours a day,” Willena notes. “While other facilities may only have care available eight hours a day, our around-the-clock care allows us to manage services that many assisted living centers simply cannot. Being continuously staffed with high-quality health care professionals allows us to provide non-stop attention for conditions such as diabetes, gastrointestinal tube feedings and more. We provide a higher level of care, and the peace of mind that brings.”
The facilities’ attentive and caring medical staff provides all needed care, while nurturing an active, independent lifestyle for residents.
“Families don’t have to worry if someone is available that can help their loved one,” Willena adds. “They can feel confident that someone will always be there for any care that their loved one might need.”
HarborChase also offers a special neighborhood called The Cove, designed to provide secure and dignified memory care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. The Cove is intentionally kept small, with a high staff to resident ratio, in order to provide a higher level of care.
“All of our memory care staff have very intense training on the different aspects of Alzheimer’s, brain injuries and dementia. This ensures that they are best prepared to handle the challenges that our residents face. Our staff get to know the residents as people, and make sure they feel safe and cared for,” Willena explains.
Transitional memory care is also available for residents who have some memory loss but are still able to live independently in assisted living apartments.
Respite care services, in both assisted living and memory care, provide short-term solutions for families that need temporary care.
“We have a dedicated apartment available for guests who stay with us for periods of time ranging from three days to 30 days. It’s a great option for families taking vacations, or who want to see how their loved one might enjoy being part of our community. Often, after they see how happy their family member is, they end up moving in!”
HarborChase offers both one- and two-bedroom apartments in their assisted living neighborhood, with comparable rates to other facilities in the area.
“Just because we are brand-new doesn’t mean it has to cost more,” Willena concludes. “My goal is for each family member to know that their loved one is receiving the best possible care in the most engaging and enjoyable environment. Our facility is truly amazing!”
To learn more or to schedule a visit, visit HarborChase.com or call 259-2309.