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Cooling Fans Needed for Homebound Seniors

The Mercury’s Rising

This week we’ve seen a string of record-high temperatures in the Portland metro area, and the upcoming weekend is forecast to be even hotter. For most of the city, heat waves are a temporary discomfort, but for frail, home-bound seniors without air conditioning, persistent high temperatures pose a life-threatening risk.

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Portland’s Meals on Wheels People serves this vulnerable community through nutritional assistance and socialization and they’re asking community members to donate cooling fans to help help keep these seniors cool in the oppressive heat. Fans can dropped off at their headquarters at 7710 SW 31st Ave in Portland or at any of their 32 meal sites in Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties.

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A Peek Inside Chef Barbara’s Recipe Book

A Full Day of Meals, Courtesy of Chef Barbara

On Tuesday we shared the exciting news of Chef Barbara’s recent professional accomplishments and her upcoming involvement with the Bite of Oregon. We don’t think it’s fair that only our Residents get to enjoy the fruits of her hard work, so we asked Barbara to share a few favorite recipes, straight from her own recipe book. Now you can prepare these dishes in your home and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

Breakfast: Overnight French Toast

When she wants to give the Residents of Sylvan Park a hearty start to their day, Chef Barbara prepares her famous Overnight French Toast. Don’t forget to include a healthy dose of maple syrup!

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Lunch: Tomato Soup

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Chef Barbara Curtin Receives ACF Pro Chefs Oregon Award

The Elite Care Kitchens

At Elite Care, we differentiate ourselves within the elder care community through our Amenities that Matter. These offerings, available at each Elite Care campus, are designed to tend to our Resident’s spiritual health in the same way we look after them them physically.

One of our most important amenities is our open kitchen system, which seeks to recreate the sense of a family kitchen where Residents, their families, and Elite Care Team Members gather together to fellowship, share meals, and foster a closeness that just doesn’t exist in other assisted living environments. The backbone of these kitchens has always been our Chefs, skilled and caring professionals who’s work lies in providing for our Resident’s spiritual and physical needs simultaneously.

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April Activities at Oatfield Estates

Ashland & Jefferson Houses

April was busy for Jefferson and Ashland Houses. Our days were filled with lots of sun and fun and a few rain showers. We enjoyed a visit to the Woodburn Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival and were delighted that we stayed dry that day. Being fans of dessert we also enjoyed an outing to La Provence Restaurant in Lake Grove, where we enjoyed a variety of delicious chocolates! We also celebrated Mother’s Day with a special “Teacups and Topics” in Rainier House. Families and friends joined in the festivities!

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Elite Care Partners with SOLVE to Host Park Clean Up

SOLVE_WP1You’ve heard me talk quite a bit about Elite Care’s Amenities that Matter and our mission to create a sense of Belonging, Influence, and Purpose in our Resident’s lives. Central to these pursuits is our belief in the power of family involvement and the tangible health benefits that come through forging connection with nature. Later this month we’re partnering with SOLVE to host a park clean up that will unite these twin passions into a single event. We’re really excited.

Mark Your Calendars

On Thursday, June 25th, from 9:30am – 11:am Elite Care will partner with SOLVE – a non-profit organization that brings together individuals, business groups, and service and conservation groups through volunteering and education to restore Oregon’s natural spaces – to host a clean up of Stringfield Family Park in Clackamas, Oregon, about a mile from our Oatfield Estate Campus.

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Singing and Dancing at Fanno Creek

Spruce & Cedar Houses

Hello Spring! April was a beautiful month at Fanno Creek. The unusually warm, sunny weather encouraged us to get outside and spend more time chatting on balconies, basking during outings, and our Walk and Roll Club went on several walks down the Fanno Creek Trail.

Residents enjoyed visiting the first Fred Meyer delivery truck at Antique Powerland, lovely statues and water gardens at Hughes Water Garden and the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn. We enjoyed the views from Council Crest, ruminating on days of streetcars, stolen (but recovered) statues, and amusement parks. Residents also “painting with wool:” needle-felting wool roving into artistic pieces such as a heart magnet and a bookmark. Read more

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Jason Hess Gives SPADO Update to Oregon Legislators

On May 27th, Elite Care CEO Jason Hess testified in front of the House Human Services and Housing Committee and the Senate Health Care Committee at the State Capital in Salem, Oregon on the work of SPADO, the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease in Oregon. Here are his remarks:


May 27, 2015

Chairwoman Keny-Guyer and members of the House Human Services and Housing Committee, for the record, my name is Jason Hess, and I am the CEO of Elite Care. I want to thank you for your support for the State Plan and your commitment to addressing Alzheimer’s disease in Oregon. I served as the co-chair of the task force that created the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease in Oregon, which we also refer to as SPADO. Read more