Fun & Games This Sunday at Sylvan Park

There’s Always Hope

Are you looking for a fun family activity this weekend? Well Elite Care’s got you covered. This Sunday, August 23rd at our Sylvan Park Campus, we’ll host our 1st Annual ‘There’s Always Hope Carnival Extravaganza’ benefitting Hope: A Dementia Support Group. For a small donation of $1-$3, there’ll be plenty of delicious food, face painting for the kids, and that’s not all!


The Planter NUTMobile

  • Photo Opportunities: Free pictures with Mr. Peanut and the Planters NUTmobile complete with fun props!
  • Giveaways: The NUTmobile team will provide boxes of peanuts and coupons for delicious Planters products and other fun Mr. Peanut items.

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

  • Photo Opportunties: The Wienermobile team will have hotdog and bacon cutouts and custom frame options.
  • Virtual Reality Ride: FREE and fun for all ages. Get ready to haul buns with a virtual reality ride that offers a 360 degree experience for viewers to feel like they are inside the Wienermobile. Viewers will be sitting “shot bun” and cruising down the highway with two Hotdoggers!

‘HOPE’ for Dementia Sufferers

All the day’s fun and festivities will benefit HOPE, a non-profit organization offering support for dementia sufferers and their families. So make plans to join us this Sunday, August 23rd from 11-1:30pm.

Elite Care at Sylvan Park
2410 NE 112th Ave
Vancouver, Wa 98694


Royal Rosarians Honor Sylvan Park Residents

Elite Care Founders“May a Rose forever grow in your heart,” that’s what the Royal Rosarians wished for all of us who attended the memorial Rose Planting Ceremony at Sylvan Park.

I was honored to help plant the rose in memory of the residents who have passed away since we opened Sylvan Park. We had great attendance from the residents and families, there were snacks and refreshments as well as canopies for shade. The team members at Sylvan Park did a great job putting on a worthwhile celebration.

So when you wander around the Sylvan Park grounds and come upon the rose garden, I hope you pause and enjoy the budding rose bushes and remember the loved ones who have passed. We hope to do this every year.

Thanks Royal Rosarians for honoring us. They are: Ambassadors, Community Service, and Tradition. By Mayoral Declaration, the Royal Rosarians serve as the Official Greeters and Ambassadors of Goodwill for the City of Portland and surrounding areas. Rosarians are dedicated to community service through the charitable activities of the Royal Rosarian Foundation. We honor our legacy of tradition with rich pageantry and ceremonies from the mythical Realm of Rosaria.

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Elite Care’s 1st Annual ‘There’s Always HOPE’ Carnival Extravaganza

Enjoy a Festive Afternoon in the Park & Help a Great Local Cause!

You’re Invited! Grilled brats & dogs, apple nachos, cotton candy, face painting and one-of-a-kind photo ops with the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and Planters NUTmobile!

Attractions are available for a suggested $1-$3 donation. All proceeds benefit HOPE: A Vancouver-based non-profit that provides advocacy, support, and education to individuals caring for people with all levels of dementia.

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Sunday, August 23rd
Elite Care at Sylvan Park
2410 NE 112th Ave
Vancouver, Wa 98694


A Birthday Party for June, In June

Spruce & Cedar Houses

June ushered in a whole new month of outings, arts, bingo, and musical events for the Residents to enjoy. Our first outing was to The Painted Plate in Old Town Sherwood where the motto is, “You pick it, you paint it, we fire it!” The Residents had their choice of over 60 colors of paint and 250 pieces of pottery such as tiles, mugs, plates, bowls, and vases to choose from. The results were fantastic!

BirthdayCakeWe also took a trip to the NW Alpaca Farm where the Residents were introduced to this fascinating animal by the owner, with a half-hour presentation of interesting facts and a bag of fleece shorn from one of the farm’s animals everyone was encouraged to feel. The owner also introduced us to a seven-day-old baby alpaca that we were able to pet! On the way home we stopped off at The Smith Berry Farm for milkshakes to help us cool off from the heat of the day.

We had a wonderful lineup of musical artists to tickle our ears this month, including the stunning and vocally gifted Rachael, some down-home country tunes by Cowboy Bill, beautiful piano music with Monte, and Dee, who has an amazing vocal range and a repertoire of hundreds of songs he sings from memory.

We celebrated June’s birthday on June 22 at High Tea with a phenomenal chocolate cake prepared by Chef Eric, handmade birthday cards from the Residents, and a boisterous rendition of the Birthday Song! June was actually born on June 21st, however, she was with her family on her actual birthday. June’s husband, Mel, was present, which made her birthday celebration extra special!


Thank Goodness for Trees

We’ve had hot temperatures for extended periods lately. I think we all need to give a nod to trees, which are nature’s cooling system. Trees can cool the air temperature 10 degrees, and the ground temperature between sun and shade can differ by 36 degrees!

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” – Robert Louis Stevenson, in “Forest Notes”

Lately, residents have made seed balls and have patiently waited for the Praying Mantis’ to hatch. July will be all about butterflies and the plants that attract them. August will bring an array of unusual plants that will amaze and astound us. We’re also experimenting with making plant impressions, so watch for the artwork in each house. Remember to water yourselves as well as your plants – we don’t want any of you wilting!


Volunteering with Sylvan Park

Merwin & Lacamas Houses

June was the month for us to celebrate and honor our Father’s by paying tribute to all they’ve done for us. During our special “Donuts for Dads” social we all shared fond memories of our lives with our Dads.

Here at Sylvan Park we had a fun filled 4th of July Celebration! We had an all American BBQ with Hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, BBQ chicken, potato salad, fresh fruit, baked beans and both blueberry and strawberry lemonade! Some of the fun activities included a raffle and cake walk. The children played “Dress for the 4th relay”, red, white, and blue balloon walk, and red, white, and blue egg relay! Thanks to all who took the time to come join in on the festivities!

mimi family 4th july 2015

This month’s outings were to the Esther Short Park, Tea and Hand Bell Concert, Clark County Historical Museum, Sheridan’s Frozen Custard, and a scenic drive up and down Marine Drive! We also took a trip to Stringfield Family Park for the 1st. Annual Multi-Generational Park Clean Up! We were proud to be able to partner with SOLVE! Sylvan Park had over 30 participants consisting of Residents, Team Members, Families, and children. It was a wonderful way to give back to the community and to see all generations work together.

Some of this month’s activities included: Celebrity guess who, Flag Day Fun Facts, Firework Art, and Red, White, and, Blue Wreaths. We decorated sun hats to use during our summer walks on campus. We also had Jini come play the harp for the Residents for the first time!


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Elite Care PREP Panel Series Launching July 29th

Help is Needed

An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease in 2015, including approximately 200,000 individuals younger than age 65 who have early-onset Alzheimer’s. This mean millions more Americans are caring for family members with dementia and Alzheimer’s. As the number of afflicted Americans increases, the need for local community resources – including panels with local experts, healthcare related resources, and materials addressing the unique challenges caregivers face – will also grow. In an attempt to fill this need, Elite Care is launching its first Professional Resources for Elder Planning (PREP) panel.

When: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 from 5:30 – 6:30pm

Where: Elite Care at Oatfield Estates, Cascade House

Resource Gathering

Learn from a team of local experts about resources and solutions regarding care for your elderly loved one or for yourself. The Elite Care PREP Panels offer an interactive, informal atmosphere where there’s no such thing as a dumb question.

  • 2015 program topics will include: estate planning, financial planning for the golden years, and preparing for downsizing
  • The Wednesday, July 29 program will focus on: Communicating to loved ones at the time of transition. The presentation starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • The format of the program includes: A 15-minute keynote speaker, followed by a 45-minute panel discussion with a Q&A

A Team of Experts

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Welcome to Elite Care at Sylvan Park

Yale & Mayfield Houses

Sylvan Park is happy to welcome Amy Knoetzel and James Winther as our two new Activities Coordinators! Amy has 5 ½ years of experience working with the elderly population and has recently graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelors degree in Human Development and Gerontology, with a certificate in Human Services Case Work and Administration. James has over 11 years of experience working with the elderly population in a variety of settings. They’re both very passionate about serving seniors and are excited to be joining Rosa and the rest of the Elite Care Team.

This month we had some fun outings, a common favorite was going to the Portland Aquarium! It was a lot of fun seeing how many types of fish there really are; we even got the opportunity to touch a few of them, and boy did that make us laugh! Another highlight for us was seeing the musical group, Va-Va Voom! They had funny skits, wild costumes, and many songs. It was a wonderful performance and we all agreed that it was a blast!

In preparation for Elder Abuse Awareness Month (June), we’ve been doing purple themed crafts to show our support of this important cause. We decorated our lobby purple, made a wall of purple handprints, designed purple shirts, and even made purple jewelry! In June, we’ll continue to show our support by attending the “Turn the Town Purple” dance in support of Elder Abuse Awareness Month.

unnamed-12Merwin & Lacamas Houses

The month of May was filled with new excitement and faces! We celebrated our Mothers and Grandmothers during our Mother’s Day Tea. Each Mother and Grandmother received a beautiful long stemmed rose handed out by Lici and Maria’s adorable little children. We all recognize how influential these women have been in our lives as well as all of yours and feel blessed to have them a part of our family here. The Tea was brought to an end by sharing stories of our mothers with one another as we listened to Mother’s Day poems shared by Rosa and Amy.


Ripe for Grazing

Feel free to wander through the Elite Care gardens and pick fresh, delicious snacks. Lettuce and other greens are ripe and ready to eat, as are strawberries, peas, cherries, blueberries, and herbs. But remember this safety tip: if you aren’t positive what it is, don’t eat it!

We had rose displays at each campus the week after the Rose Parade, and the fragrances were lovely. Looking ahead, we’ll have a study on all sorts of garden insects and look at some preserved in resin. We’ll hatch our own praying mantis egg case at each campus, and release around 150 babies into the gardens. The seeds were also sown in spring to create a special butterfly habitat, which we’ll raise at each campus as well.