History of The Oaks

The Oaks of Louisiana is a 312-acre master-planned community created in 2007 when Live Oak, a multifaith retirement community, became part of Willis-Knighton Health System, the region’s largest healthcare provider. A beautiful campus with a pastoral setting is the backdrop for what has become a premier residential venue for adults 55 and older. 

Live Oak’s founder, the late Winona Ward, always indicated that she felt the community was the product of divine inspiration and a testament to what could happen when people worked together. The concept of a community focusing on spiritual, physical and mental activity was successfully developed over 25 years until it joined with Willis-Knighton to assure its future growth and expansion.

The affiliation with Willis-Knighton, which purchased a farm adjacent to Live Oak, brought new life to the property. In addition to renovations and upgrades to existing structures, the new and stronger community has added new buildings and services, including the Tower at The Oaks, for resort-style independent living, as well as Savannah at The Oaks for assisted living. 

Honoring its original multifaith origins, The Oaks now has a freestanding chapel where clergy from throughout the community join Oaks’ chaplains to conduct religious services. 

A Spa & Wellness Center, Clubhouse and MarketPlace have been added to enhance services and amenities for residents. 

Building on its rich history, The Oaks of Louisiana continues to identify and respond to residential needs of mature adults, attracting residents not only from Shreveport and Bossier City but from outlying areas and states as well.