Nestled in the heart of Grain Valley, Country Oak Village residential care facility focuses on creating a home for residents in their care. The 24-bed facility is locally owned by Tim Moulis and managed by director and Grain Valley resident Ross Camarda, who is proud of the caring home his staff provides for residents.
The residential care facility is currently working toward licensing as an assisted living facility. Camarda says the main difference revolves around staffing, which the facility is currently hiring to enable them to offer assisted living services.
"The typical resident we have is someone who needs help take care of medications for them, make sure they are eating good meals, and to make sure things are safe and clean for them," Camarda said. "Most of our residents are really independent. We are here to support them to make sure they are safe and supported."
Amenities beyond 24/7 care, meals, and medication distribution include housekeeping and private laundry services.
"A lot of times when you are in big facilities, residents have to put their name in all of their clothing as everything goes into an industrial washer. We don't do that. We wash each resident's clothing individually, which is just one of the many ways we ensure this truly feels like home."
Pets are an important part of many people's lives, and Country Oak Village can accommodate small pets. Two very spoiled resident cats make daily rounds, and Camarda's dog makes weekly visits.
The facility offers many activities for residents, with a large activities room for formal and informal gatherings. Bingo is a popular activity among residents, as well as cornhole, bocce ball, and movie nights. Musical entertainment and other activities are often provided by volunteers.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome at Country Oak Village, and donations of books and puzzles for the home's activities room are also welcomed.
Residents' families are welcome at Country Oak Village, and Camarda said the services they offer ensure family members "get to go from being caregivers to being family again".
"I think the best part is that when families arrive here, they feel the home-like environment, and it does not feel like you are walking into a nursing facility. It is comfortable, and the family feels like they are at home with grandma or grandpa."
Country Oak Village is a private pay facility, and they accept long term care insurance and VA Aid & Attendance benefits. The facility currently has a few openings for residents, and Camarda and his staff are more than happy to visit with potential residents and family members to learn more about their needs and facilitate what can be difficult conversations for families.
"Even if someone is not appropriate to be placed here, either doing too well or beyond what we can do, we will still help families find the resources they need. The process can be daunting, and we want to help families find the right placement for their loved one," Camarda said.
Country Oak Village is located at 101 Cross Creek Drive in Grain Valley. For more information on Country Oak Village, contact Ross Camarda, Director, at 816-224-2700 or visit www.countryoakvillage.com.
Country Oak Village offers three different room and board accommodations, with all meals provided. A large social activities area is a popular gathering site for residents.
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