When Debbie Infield conducts luncheons for people who are interested in becoming residents of Oakmont of Whittier, she takes them to the Raddison hotel or the Friendly Hills Country Club.
“It gives them a taste of the quality of the food they’ll get at Oakmont,” said Infield, executive director of Oakmont, Whittier’s new senior living complex.
Residents of Oakmont, where the $2,295 to $5,295 a month for rent includes three meals a day and unlimited snacks, will dine of food prepared under the direction of Executive Chef Jason Hosoi, who was hired Tuesday, formerly the personal chef of LA Laker Kobe Bryant.
“Oakmont is unique in the ambiance and the amenities,” said Infield.
Construction on the two-story complex at Whittier and College Avenue, site of a former Buick Pontiac GMC dealership, is scheduled to wrap up next month, with a job fair to hire about 60 full-time employees in March and residents arriving in April. Oakmont already has reservations on about 60 percent of the living units, Infield said.
About 80 people will live at Oakmont, 57 in its assisted living apartments and 23 in the “traditions memory care” units.
The floor plans come with names like Companion Pine, a 534-square-foot, shared suite that rents for $2,295; Alders, a $3,195 a month 400-455-square-foot studio; Pine, an open one bedroom; Palm, a one bedroom, $4,595; and Redwood a one-bedroom suit, 800 square feet, $5,295.
Included with the rent are utilities (except phone), insurance, maintenance, housekeeping, security, lawn and garden care, transportation, entertainment and cultural events, and fitness center membership.
Common areas in the complex include indoor and outdoor restaurant style dining, a bistro, a library, a private family dining room, a movie theater, a fitness center, activity room a solon and day spa, resident gardens and walking paths and a pet park for residents with pets.
Oakmont residents also receive a smorgasbord of wellness services, Infield said, such as a “concierge medicine program,” in which residents have on-site doctors’ appointments, a diabetes program with licensed nurse on the premise 16 hours a day, seven days a week, fitness classes, oxygen management, physical therapy, management of incontinence and toilet assistance, grooming and personal hygiene, and hospice.
Residents also have off-site activities with visits to places such as the Pechanga Casino, Aquarium of the Pacific, the Huntington Library, the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, and others.
Oakmont also offers memory care for persons experiencing memory loss.
A marketing study determined that Oakmont, part of a family-owned, Santa Rosa-based, 18 locations chain, is a good fit for Whittier, Infield said.
Many Whittier residents who bought homes in the 1960s and 70s now have enough equity in their homes to afford Oakmont’s luxury assisted-living lifestyle, she said.
“Whittier has welcomed us with open arms,” she said. “It’s a city with long-term neighbors who look out for each other and don’t move out.”