The following letter was read during the Oakmont Communities Veteran’s Ceremony on Thursday, November 9th, 2017:
Dear Oakmont Senior Communities:
I was pleased to be invited to your ceremony in honor of the new partnership between Whiskey and a Michigan veteran. I’m confident Whiskey will be able to be by this veteran’s side and be a terrific service companion. Please accept my sincerest thanks for supporting this wonderful opportunity for someone who put their life on the line for their country.
All my best,
ROCHESTER, MI – On Thursday, November 9th, Oakmont Rochester Independent Senior Living Community will proudly host a celebratory Veteran’s Day-themed ceremony awarding a United States Army veteran with a medical service dog named Whiskey.
Trained by Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, a 501(C)3 is based in Williston, Florida, Whiskey’s unique skill set enables him to mitigate the challenges associated with several disabilities, including PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Traumatic Brain Injury, seizure disorders, glucose imbalance, mobility issues, hearing impairment and more. This adoption is facilitated at no cost to the recipient veteran thanks to the more than $22,000 raised by Oakmont seniors, their families, and staff.
In attendance at the ceremony, which will include a catered red, white, and blue-themed lunch, as well as a half-hour program, will be more than 150 Oakmont seniors, including more than 70 veterans, from the organization’s 10 properties throughout Southeast Michigan. Representatives and employees from Oakmont, as well as elected officials and members of the American Legion, will also be on hand to take part in the ceremony.
“This event isn’t only about honoring the awarding of Whiskey to a well-deserving American Hero, it’s also about celebrating the efforts of hundreds of Oakmont seniors who helped to raise the funds to make it possible,” said Katherine Kalaydjian,
At Oakmont Senior Communities, we believe that Assisted Living & Memory Care is not just enriching lives, but is also about making new memories for each and every resident we serve. That’s why when innovative and unique programs, partnerships and collaborations present themselves for our residents, we’re excited to participate.
One such program was the Intergenerational Pen Pal Program that paired seniors from our Oakmont Sterling Assisted Community with students from Angus Elementary in Sterling Heights. Thanks to a great from the Extra Credit Union, the students and their senior pen pals were able to share letters, make new memories, and even spend some time talking in person.
This kind of program is just one example of the fantastic work our activity staff is organizing in our Assisted Living and Memory Care units. Stay tuned to Oakmont’s News for more highlights from our one-of-a-kind care programs.
Whiskey is a service dog rescued and specially trained by Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, INC located in Williston, Florida. He will spend his adult life in service to a veteran experiencing ongoing effects of the tolls of service.
How did funding for Whiskey become available?
Oakmont Senior Communities residents, staff, veterans, friends, and families participated in an organization-wide fundraiser, raising $22,000 to facilitate Whiskey’s training and donation to a deserving veteran.
Who will get Whiskey?
Whiskey will be awarded to a Michigan veteran of the United States Army in a ceremony at Oakmont Rochester in November. His adoption will be at no cost to the veteran thanks to the funds raised by Oakmont.
What is Whiskey trained to do?
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs are trained to do the following:
- Alerting for help
- Alerting prior to a seizure
- Diabetic alert
- Open/close doors, drawers and refrigerators
- Pick up dropped items
- Assist with balance issues
- Mitigate the challenges of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) including shielding, grounding from anxiety/panic attacks and flashbacks, and waking from nightmares
- Assist those with autism and so much more
Where is Whiskey allowed to go?
On Friday, September 22nd, Oakmont Livonia Enhanced Independent Living was presented with a certificate by the Livonia Chamber of Commerce in recognition of five years of continuous membership. As the premier Enhanced Independent Living senior community in Livonia, Oakmont is proud to be a resource for the citizens of Livonia and the surrounding communities, and participate in such a great community-focused organization.
With a passion people, business, and community, the Livonia Chamber of Commerce supports its more than 900 members with marketing guidance, referrals, credibility, and advocacy. To learn more about the chamber, click here.