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Meet the Oakley Courts Residents of Freeport, IL

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Stories & Success

We’re inspired by the lives of our residents and their families.

Lois Barnes

Lois Barnes, who has lived in the area for most of her life, moved to Oakley Courts about four years ago in August. She was drawn to the “homey” atmosphere and after visiting two other communities, Lois was quick to move once she had decided it was time for a change.  She says her friends and the Oakley Courts staff are what she loves most about the community.

“The staff here are so caring and dedicated. It is also easy to meet with friends,” she said.

Lois’s favorite hobbies include puzzles, watching Hallmark movies, and visiting with her family.

“I have a wonderful family. They are very caring. They call or visit often. My children call very often, some every day Some at least once a week,” she said.

Those closest to Lois describe her has friendly and caring. Lois says she is most proud of her family and her Christian values.


Ronnie Binkley

Ronnie worked for 38 years at the Trust Made Life Insurance Company before retiring. Not long into his retirement he was hospitalized. It was during this time that his sister made it her mission to find him a suitable community for him to transition into as he recovered. Now, after more than a decade at Oakley Courts, Ronnie loves how friendly everyone is and how there’s always something to do. He exercises, plays bingo and card games, goes on scenic car rides, and sees entertainment regularly at Oakley Courts.


Nina Sheetz

She heard about Oakley Courts from friends before visiting, but after viewing only one other community Nina Sheets knew that Oakley Courts was where she wanted to live. It’s been four years now, and Nina says it’s her wonderful friends that make life great there.

“We pretty much all know each other now and take part in activities together,” she said.

Nina says she likes to listen to music, play card games and piece puzzles back together with her friends. She hopes her friends consider her friendly, fair, and helpful in any way she can be.

Hear From Our Residents

“The atmosphere is the next best thing to being at home. The staff is caring and friendly. I enjoy spending time with newly made friends.” – Lena S., Resident

“In the last six years I have been in three different nursing homes and Oakley Courts is by far the best. Here it is like a big happy family! The meals are wonderful, and the staff is very caring and helpful. We have music and games to help pass the time.”  — Fern H., Resident

“Oakley Courts is a beautiful facility; my apartment is so bright and cheery. The staff are so caring and helpful, always trying to please. The food is absolutely delicious, and we have a good variety and it always looks so good! There are lots of activities to take part in; I love EVERYTHING about Oakley Courts!” — Carol P., Resident

“I can remember years ago coming here and thinking how it felt like home. I told mom if you ever have to go somewhere, I think I know where! …then when the time came, she agreed to a visit and felt the same way.” — Jeanne G., daughter of Lois B.

“Mom loves it here and I like the excellent care she receives. Of all the places that I looked at, nothing compared to Oakley Courts. They take very good care of her and I highly recommend Oakley Courts for anybody who is looking for Assisted Living. They do an excellent job here.” — Jack S., Son of Lena S.

“I like the friendliness of the staff and residents and I really appreciate three meals a day and housekeeping! I enjoy working on puzzles and interacting with other residents my age. And the care couldn’t be better!” — Ellen S., Resident

Two residents with cups of tea having a chat outside.

Why did the Oakley Courts Assisted Living residents choose us?

Because they’re smart seniors and families that opted for a rental-based community in Freeport.