Frequently Asked Questions


What distinguishes Linus Oakes from other retirement communities?

Linus Oakes offers many active amenities, including the six-hole Linus Links putting green, raised gardening beds in Woodstock Garden, paved walking paths through Amicitia Park, The Knot Hole wood shop, library, exercise room, and community room with pool table, shuffleboard, big screen TV and dance floor.

Linus Oakes features a variety of floor plans in our 1- and 2-bedroom apartments and cottages, each with a fully equipped kitchen and ample living and storage space.  We do not have any studios.

Our Entrance Fee Plan option allows a reduction in monthly fees (up to 30%!) with a one-time payment, compared to other retirement communities that don’t offer this option.  Our Comparable Fee Plan has monthly fees that are competitive with other retirement communities in our area.  These two fee plans offer you the best choice to fit your individual situation.

Linus Oakes’ caring and compassionate staff is exceptional and has a heart for our Residents, with several staff members serving here over 25 years!  The organization’s core values of “Reverence, Integrity, Compassion, and Excellence” are mirrored through staff interactions with our wonderful Residents every day.

Can I only get transportation to my doctor’s appointments on certain days?

Linus Oakes has been rated #1 for our flexible transportation in an Independent Living Survey.  Local, individual transportation to doctor’s appointments, bank, post office, etc. is provided Monday through Friday from 8 am-4 pm.  Our minivans that provide individual transportation are handicap-accessible.

We also offer scheduled group transportation to local stores for shopping twice a week, plus trips to local and regional events and activities.

Are pets welcome?

We know that your pet is a devoted member of your family and brings you comfort and joy.  Small pets are welcome at Linus Oakes for no additional fee.  Dog owners will be pleased to know that Linus Oakes’ offers Snoopy’s Pals Dog Park, an off-leash play yard, for its Residents to exercise their furry friends.

Do I need an appointment to tour the community?

An appointment to tour Linus Oakes is not required.  Our staff is available for tours weekdays from 8 am-4 pm, plus evenings and weekends by appointment.

Do you have a waiting list?

Yes.  If we do not currently have your choice of floor plan, view, or location available, we recommend placement on our waiting list.  A $100 fee will secure your place on the list and is credited back to your account when you move in.

Who operates Linus Oakes?

Linus Oakes is part of a non-profit group of senior living communities operated by CHI Living Communities, a national business line of Catholic Health Initiatives. The purpose of CHI Living Communities is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church by providing comprehensive and spiritually enriching services for seniors of all faiths. Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity as we create healthier and more vibrant living communities.

What is the origin of the name, Linus Oakes?

Linus Oakes was named for that familiar, blanket-toting character named Linus, from the famous “Peanuts” cartoon. As readers of the Charles Schulz comic strip are aware, Linus Van Pelt is known for his intelligence, his concern for security, and his sharing of wholesome principles – qualities we are proud to share with our young namesake. Because our community is nestled on a hillside filled with majestic oak trees, the name Linus Oakes was created – a place of comfort, peace and security.  Our street names carry on the tradition: Van Pelt Blvd., Linus Lane, and Woodstock Drive.