At Oak Pointe Memory Care and Assisted Living Center in Neosho, residents enjoy all the comforts of home and remain active members of the community.

Some of their community efforts include working with the local elementary schools in a program where residents listen to students read aloud, something both enjoy. On Grandparents' Day, Oak Pointe residents became "grandpals" for the day at South Elementary for students whose grandparents couldn't participate.

Those efforts earned recognition from the Neosho School District, who named Oak Pointe the February Patron of the Month at the last board of education meeting.

"We were delighted," Travis McClellan, Community Relations Manager at Oak Pointe, said.

"We really appreciate being patron of the month."

Oak Pointe provides a pleasant home for senior citizens. Some of the amenities provided including a common area complete with a fireplace, comfortable furniture, an in-house library, tables and chairs where residents can visit, and provided snacks.

"We offer residents five-star dining," McClellan said. "We have a chef who prepares homemade foods and meals."

The dining area resembles an upscale restaurant with tables always set for meals. Residents also enjoy laundry service. Other provided amenities include phone jacks in every room, Wi-fi and satellite television. The facility provides medication control as well as assistance with showers and dressing if needed. Nurses are on site 24/7.

Oak Pointe offers three types of accommodations. Options are for studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments.

"Residents have their own apartments," McClellan said. "They know help is there if they need it."

Numerous ongoing activities are available for residents. Community volunteers visit on an ongoing basis to offer live music, singing, Bible study, arts and crafts and cooking. On average, Oak Pointe offers an average of 5 or 6 activities each day.

Residents also travel into the community and beyond, visiting places that include a local bakery, the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, parks and more. And, residents visit the schools which led to becoming patron of the month.

Oak Pointe's mission is to become the best place a senior adult has ever lived and their vision is to create a radiant organization where people are loved, inspired and thriving.

McClellan believes they live up to both. "My staff is amazing. We're like family, to each other and to our residents."

Oak Pointe will mark their 3rd anniversary in March and will host the First Friday Coffee on April 5, which coincides with the annual Neosho City Wide Garage sale. The event normally hosts Neosho Chamber of Commerce members but McClellan is inviting anyone in the community to come out for the event at Oak Pointe.

"It's going to be huge," he said. "My biggest goal is to get people to come out and see the beautiful facility. No one knows until they walk inside how beautiful the place is."

Tours are available by appointment for those who might want to consider making Oak Pointe home or placing a family member at the facility. Currently there are some move-in specials available for those with an interest. Throughout the year, there are many events open to the public as well.

"My job is very rewarding," McClellan said. "It's so rewarding to help loved ones make a decision to have a family member join us here."

Oak Pointe offers residents a pleasant atmosphere, professional staff, fine dining and a variety of activities as an active part of the community.

"All my residents really love living here," McClellan said.

Area residents are always welcome to visit, tour, or volunteer at Oak Pointe.

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Oak Pointe at 417-281-2072.

Oak Pointe Memory Care and Assisted Living is located at 2601 Oak Ridge Extension in Neosho.