It pays to shop around when selecting a
NCF. Seniors should consult with a trusted
doctor or health care practitioner for recommendations of nearby facilities. Plan on
visiting at least four or five area facilities,
and make an appointment with the administrator or director of nursing. Check to make
sure that information provided is consistent
with information gathered during the facility
tour. Discrepancies between provided information and your own observations indicate
possible problems later on. A nursing care
facility should have clean floors, and a clean
smell. Facilities with dirty floors and a sour
smell do not put a high priority on cleanliness, and should not be considered.
In Oregon, ask to see the Health Care
Regulation and Quality Improvement
(HCRQI) report. The HCRQI program
of the Department of Human Services is
the agency responsible for the licensure of
health care facilities in the State of Oregon.
The Health Care Regulation and Quality
Improvement program ensures that Oregonians have wide access to the health care
they need and that it will be safe and of
The Oregon Department of Human
Services is a valuable resource for ensuring
that your facility meets certain standards
and is inspected routinely. Not all senior
housing is licensed to provide care, and
only licensed facilities are regulated by the
state. Oregon DHS offers this advice and
list of questions:
• Talk with the administrator, residents
and staff while you’re in the facility.
• Try to visit each facility more than once.
• Arrange to visit during mealtime or ask
to have lunch with residents.
• Ask residents how they like living in
• Chat with staff about their job
• Talk with the administrator about his/
her experience working in an assisted
living or residential care environment.
• How long has the administrator been at
• Does the administrator appear to be
knowledgeable and sincere?
• Is the facility clean, odor free, well lit
and free from clutter?
• Are the common areas attractive,
comfortable and inviting?
• Does the size and design appeal to you?
• Do residents socialize with each other
and appear happy and comfortable?
The answers to these questions, combined with
observations and impressions made during
facility tours and staff interviews will ease the
task of selecting the right nursing care facility.
ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA
Residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
disease or another form of dementia need
specialized care. Assisted Living Facilities offer services and separate facilities for
residents with early onset symptoms, but
because of the progressive nature of the
disease, it may become necessary to transfer
the resident to another facility that can
provide more appropriate care.
Facilities specializing in the treatment of
Alzheimer’s and dementia should provide
a treatment plan that takes into account not
only the resident’s medical needs, but also
the needs of the entire family with social
services and professional consultations and
individualized treatment reviews. Emphasis
within the facility should be placed on
providing a calming, soothing environment
that is sensitive to the needs of the patient.
Check out your local Area Agency on Aging
(AAA) for more information. AAAs Advocate for older adults living in their area,
develop community-based long-term care
services to meet the needs of those adults,
and administer funds to implement services.
Most services coordinated by AAAs are
provided through community service
providers at the local level. Look up member
agencies at www.o4ad.org.
Portland is a town with something for
everyone. Active older adults especially love
its accessibility – whether by use of its #1
rated Transportation System (by the Council for
an Energy-Efficient Economy, 2015), on foot,
or by bike. And there’s a lot to explore with
1,250 bike and walking trails in some of the
most beautiful parks and forested areas in the
country and nearby mountains, beaches, and
desert all available for outdoor adventures.
In fact, AARP recently said this about Portland, “With top-notch parks and transportation
systems within easy walking distance, the city is
an inaugural member of AARP's Network of
Age-Friendly Communities." And AARP put
Portland on its 2015 lists of Most Livable
Cities and Easiest Cities to Get Around in. For
those who like to get their walk in while
putting around the course, Golf Digest says
Portland is home to two of the top 75 public
golf courses in the country.
If you love the peace and beauty of a
garden, Bridgetown has some of the best,
starting with the Portland Japanese Garden,
the Chinese Garden, the International
Rose Test Garden, and the Crystal Springs
Rhododendron Garden all within city limits
as well as the Oregon Garden in nearby
Silverton. There are museums, galleries, the
symphony, ballet, traveling Broadway shows
and the Oregon Zoo. Not to mention all
the great shopping and farm-to-table dining
available in this town.
Best of all, it’s the people that make the
difference. Portland’s welcoming active
adult communities, involved neighbors, and
eco and pet friendly vibe make it easy to feel
a part of it all. That’s why Portland’s the
perfect place to settle in and enjoy life.
LIST OF ACTIVE ADULT
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