Elite Care’s Amazing Stories

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Whenever I meet with our Team Members, I like to start by asking for stories about how our Residents thrive within the Elite Care environment. The anecdotes they share are often funny, always uplifting, and serve as powerful reminders that our methods work and contribute real value to our elder’s final years. Hearing these true tales of love and laughter and heartbreak and loss are humbling to all of us who make elder care our life’s work but it’s also invigorating to see our core concepts of Belonging, Influence, and Purpose, come alive in our communities.

Team Members aren’t the only ones who share their amazing stories. On occasion, we’re fortunate to receive generous and heartfelt thank you notes from our family members who’ve seen how our resident-directed care has transformed a loved one. Here’s a note from Sherri, whose mother made a dramatic improvement after moving into Sylvan Park from another care facility:

Dear Dan,

Imagine my surprise and delight when I walked in this morning at 10 and found my mother up, dressed, and watching TV in her recliner. She had not been out of her nightgown in over a week at her previous facility and in less than 24 hours she was out of bed and taking part in life!


Sylvan Park has been an answer to prayer, and Rachel, Patricia and Shay are taking such beautiful care of my mother. Thank you for all your help in getting my mother into your facility. I’m grateful beyond my ability to express. Now I have only one question: when do we get chickens?

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Elderly Garden Activities

Campus Update: Elite Care at Fanno Creek

Fun Outings

FC_SC_Fanno Creek 2015 Jan to April 005March provided day after day of beautiful sunshine. The scenic drives were full of different shades of green, pink, red, and white blossoms accenting the rolling hills in Scholls & Hillsboro. Breathtaking views of Mt. St Helens and Mt Hood were evident.

We all took a trip to McMinnville’s Evergreen Aviation Museum to view a 3D movie about the 787 Dreamliner and the A380 Boeing jets. We learned how each jet was engineered and the problems that took place while trying to meet the delivery date. While watching in 3D it felt like we were in the planes and could reach out and touch them.

Living and Learning

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Easy Chili & Cornbread Recipe

An Easy Chili & Cornbread Recipe

Chef Courtney, Elite Care at Oatfield Estates

Chili Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. beef stew meat
  • 3 cup choped onions
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • (2) 16oz. cans beans, rinsed/drained
  • (2) 16.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • (1) 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 Cup beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

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Assisted Living St. Patricks Day Celebration

A Fun-Filled March at Oatfield Estates

Adams & Hood Houses

April showers bring May flowers! We’ve sure been enjoying those flowers! The Easter Bunny made a visit to our houses on April 2nd and brought lots of goodies for our Easter Baskets! In April, we enjoyed going to the Woodburn Tulip Fest. How incredibly beautiful it was, even through the raindrops! We also enjoyed the beauty around us by taking a scenic drive up the Clackamas River, past Estacada. A Beaches Restaurant outing was enjoyed by all, later in the month.


May is bringing plenty of adventure to our lives. The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden will be our first outing of the month and the rhododendrons should be in full bloom by then. We’ll visit Huber’s, the oldest restaurant in Portland, for dessert. Pearl has family near Salem who own a buffalo farm, so we thought we’d jump in the bus and go see us some buffalo! It should be a wonderful learning experience, and fun to meet more of Pearl’s family. And last but not least, we’ll be dining at the Kennedy School Courtyard Restaurant. Lots of fun to be had by Adams and Hood Houses in May!

Helens & Rainier Houses

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Elite Care Founders

Cherished Traditions


United in Celebration

We just celebrated Easter. My family’s holiday was complete with special meals and Easter egg hunts. What a great tradition that brings together multiple generations—family members young and old—in celebration of Christianity’s holiest day.

One of my fondest memories though, is of the Passover Seder dinners we had at Oatfield Estates. Tom, one of the Residents at Adam’s House, had a Jewish son-in-law. They organized a Passover dinner with Chef Kate and many Residents, both Jewish and non-Jewish, were in attendance. Tom’s son-in-law led the story of the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt. I enjoyed Read more

Elderly Horticulture Therapy

Spring has Sprung at Elite Care

Beginning of Spring Brings Chicks & Trees

The greenhouses at each campus will soon be filled with trays of Resident-planted cool-season crops. Spring came a little early this year, showing off flowering cherries, daffodils, magnolias, and camellias. Even with the beautiful sun, grab a coat before stepping outside to see the spring blossoms.

We’ve been catching up on packaging seeds to donate to Growing Gardens. We had some leftover from previous years and donated 860 packets on March 5th. Congratulations on impacting the community!

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Elderly Field Trips

March: Out Like a Lamb at Sylvan Park

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At Sylvan Park, the walking club has always been an important part of our daily routine. Now that we’re starting to see the weather turn, Residents frequently ask if it’s time to go walking again. These outings are our time together to laugh, visit, and reminisce. One morning the Residents were given a “tree face” (eyes, nose, mouth) to hang on one of the trees. We had a great time deciding which tree to hang the face on. Now every day we laugh as we pass the tree with the face, it’s become part of our daily routine.

Being able to spend time with the Residents outdoors is something that I love to do as an ActivitiesSP_YM_20150325_143034 Coordinator. The fresh air rejuvenates the Residents, awakening their minds, bodies, and souls. We had the pleasure of visiting the tulip fields in Woodland, Washington this month and it was unanimous amongst the Residents that it was “the best outing ever”. We are looking forward to planning new adventures outdoors as the weather continues to change.

Merwin & Lacamas Houses

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