By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2009
Director Toni Uden invites you to tour the beautiful new Canoe Brook Assisted Living Community in Catoosa.
You’re invited to visit the area’s newest assisted living facility, opening soon. The countdown is on for the opening of Canoe Brook Assisted Living Community, 20102 E. Admiral Pl. in Catoosa. Canoe Brook features 56 assisted living apartments and 16 specially-equipped memory care apartments for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents.
Director Toni Uden says that the locally-owned facility was built with maximum safety, comfort and care in mind. Jack Meyer, local apartment developer, spearheaded the project. Canoe Brook is managed by Renaissance Senior Communities, a Kentucky-based firm that is making its first entry into Oklahoma.
Assisted living apartments, ranging in three sizes, have private key entry. Each apartment includes a kitchenette with microwave, apartment-size refrigerator and spacious bathroom. Items that are commonly upgrades at most other facilities are standard at Canoe Brook – a ceiling fan and bolted shower chair in each apartment, plus an emergency alert bracelet in case a resident falls and cannot reach the safety signaling devices.
Those who want maximum independence can have it. Residents are free to do their laundry in easy-to-use washers and dryers, or they can have their laundry done for them. A beauty salon and barber shop is on site. Some rehabilitation services are offered as well.
Seven “common areas” provide many social opportunities in relaxed and comfortable settings. “This is their home,” says Toni. “We want it to look and feel like home.” That includes lots of natural light throughout the facility and three ornamental fireplaces. A library, TV room, game room, crafts room and activity room give residents something to do any time of the day or night. Planned outside activities are also available.
Three meals a day are planned to meet both nutritional needs and personal tastes. The residents make their selections from menus, so each meal is individually prepared for them. Besides an elegant dining room, a special family dining room is available for enjoying a private meal with loved ones. The meals are served for 90 minutes to accommodate anyone’s schedule.
When care is needed, a trained staff under the direction of a registered nurse is on hand 24/7. Residents enrolled in the assisted living basic plan can choose from three levels of assistive services, if and when their needs or preferences change.
State-of-the-art equipment keeps memory-impaired residents safe and secure. A keypad entry and exit system is used for both the electronic gates that surround the building and the interior common areas. In addition, a Wanderguard bracelet is available for residents who are at risk of wandering. Basic memory impaired service and two levels of enhanced care can be provided.
Toni recalls how the ice storm of 2007 required many assisted living centers to evacuate when power was lost. Canoe Brook features a gas-powered generator that can respond to a power outage within 60 seconds to maintain the entire facility. “When planning the building, a lot of thought went into emergency preparedness,” she explains. “We hope we don’t have to use some of these things, but we’re dealing with people’s lives. We have to be ready.”
A special Cornerstone Club has been established for the first 15 residents who move into Canoe Brook. Each Cornerstone Club member will receive a first-year discount on monthly service fees, an apartment door nameplate and several other bonuses for making the decision to enjoy life in the Canoe Brook community.
Choosing the right assisted living facility can make all the difference in one’s mental, physical and social wellbeing. Call Canoe Brook at (918) 739-4700 to schedule a tour. Canoe Brook Assisted Living Community is located at 20102 E. Admiral Pl. in Catoosa, just south of Hard Rock Casino on I-44.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.