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The Leven Oaks: A Caring Assisted Living Facility for Seniors

by JoAnne Disney

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Leven Oaks is a caring “fully licensed” assisted living facility for seniors located at 120 South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia.  I think it may be one of the best kept secrets in the San Gabriel Valley.

This historic residence started as a “resort hotel on December 11, 1911, when a man by the name of L.B. Vollmer had a vision to create the best hotel this side of the Rockies; a place where strangers could come and find a family awaiting them.” This is the legacy that the owner, Lisa Magno, continues. I spoke with Lisa and she truly believes and lives their Mission Statement at Leven Oaks, “to allow seniors to age with dignity.”

I toured the renovated facility with Franchesca Gonzales, who has been the administrator at Leven Oaks for the past seven years. She is a compassionate individual who truly cares about seniors and makes them feel like they are special. You can see that she really loves her job. There is a staff of 19 at this 36-room facility. If anyone needs assistance, they are always available to offer help. I loved the homey atmosphere and the wonderful vintage art and collectibles on display. Residents are always smiling and love to converse with you. They truly seem content.

At Leven Oaks, residents can choose between a private room or a 2-room suite, either of which can be furnished or unfurnished.  Three meals are served in the wonderfully spacious and decorated dining room including a piano, and there is a full calendar of interesting activities, among them:  Dancing, Bingo, Arts & Crafts, and Fun Outings. Also, the facility can assist with housekeeping, laundry, and medication.  The grounds are well kept with picturesque landscaping and ample room for visiting in the patio or lounging in the sun.

Having visited and had personal experience with other local facilities, I found Leven Oaks to have a refreshing approach to assisted living, with a “hands-on” administrator who genuinely cares about people. And, in today’s world, that is a very rare quality. For more information about The Leven Oaks or for a tour of the facility, call (626) 358-2264.

In addition, Leven Oaks graciously hosts a Caregivers meeting every 2nd Monday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., sponsored by Santa Anita Family Services in Monrovia. If you are caring for a family member or loved one, this is a great way to get support. For more info contact Diane Ward at (626) 358-1185.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
The Leven Oaks: A Caring Assisted Living Facility for Seniors