St. James' Retirement Community, which opened its doors in February 1999, is located on the northeast side of Oneonta, just off Interstate 88 at exit 16. Situated in a rural setting, surrounded by rolling hills, the Manor is only about 3 miles from the city of Oneonta. Its location provides quick access to local shopping, excellent medical facilities, unique restaurants, churches and local cultural events.
Aside from 38 apartments and 8 duplex units, all on one level, several common areas are available for residents use. They include a Chapel, large recreation area with exercise equipment and a pool table, a library with computers connected to the Internet, a lovely parlor which can be reserved for private gatherings, a beautiful patio looking into the woods, areas for individuals to have raised flower beds or vegetable gardens, and a snack area where residents meet for coffee, tea, juice and conversation throughout the day. Through these amenities, residents can still enjoy the things they like to do without the responsibility of maintaining their own home.
Staff are at the facility from 7:30am-7:30pm six days a week, Sundays till 4:00pm. They provide housekeeping, transportation, maintenance, and dinner each day. Dinner is served at 5:30pm Monday-Saturday, and at 1:00pm on Sundays. Lunch is offered Monday-Friday for those who are interested, at a small charge. Guests may be invited to join senior living residents for meals with advance notice. A charming guest room is available in the Congregate building and can be reserved by residents on a first-come, first-served basis. This provides both the resident and guest(s) privacy during the evening hours.
Scheduled activities include several opportunities for stimulation and social interaction with other residents. Cards, games, crafts, exercises, walking, book clubs, entertainment, shopping, plays and concerts are just a few activities available to anyone who is interested. Transportation for residents who enjoy going out for lunch or dinner at local area restaurants is also offered throughout the year. Resident Council meetings provide residents an opportunity to participate in planning and improving their life at the Manor.
The Manor promotes independence and privacy for all residents and provides assistance and services in a friendly, home-type environment to make retirement years less complicated and less stressful. Residents have all of the benefits of having their own home and privacy without the responsibilities and worries of home ownership.