5 Great Portland Senior Resources

In our corporate role as a senior care provider, Elite Care works with a wide variety of vendors, non-profit organizations, and individuals who make caregiving their work. As you journey through the process of setting up care for a loved one or begin planning for your own future in retirement, it can be difficult to wade through the endless options and find the groups that really matter. In an effort to help, we’ve compiled a list (given in no particular order) of a few great Portland senior resources (and one in Seattle) you may find helpful.

LizMargin1. Aging Deliberately with Liz Taylor

We wrote about Liz back in 2013 and her blog Aging DeliberatelyLiz wrote a column about aging issues for the Seattle Times and now writes and consults on navigating the complicated process of aging. In 2000, Liz coined the phrase, “aging deliberately” in an effort to focus attention on planning for aging rather than allowing it to happen accidentally.


2. Retirement Connection

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What Makes Us Unique? Our Architecture


Thoughtful Design & Architecture Bolsters Health

Over the years I have made several presentations around the world with Dr. Eric Tangalos MD, Geriatrician, past President of the American Geriatric Society and head Geriatrician at the Mayo Clinic. We spoke on technology and environment in relation to frail elders. He would tell this story:

In a nursing home there were 2 wings. As you know, nursing homes have long hallways and it takes a while for a frail person to walk down the hallway to the dining room. In the west wing there was a caregiver we’ll call Marge. She knew that one of the residents named Berta took a long time to walk to the dining room. So as part of her work routine, she would remember to go to Berta’s room and get her going down the hallway, so she could make it there in time for dinner.

In the east wing there was a caregiver we’ll call Mary. She knew that one of the residents named Rita took a long time to walk to theScreen Shot 2015-03-16 at 11.40.05 AM dining room. She would be busy with her tasks and then at last minute remember that Rita needed to get to the dining room. But because Mary didn’t think about it in time for Rita to walk there, she put her in a wheel chair to get her to the dining room in time.

You probably can imagine that after 6 months Berta still was able to walk to the dining room but unfortunately Rita was now wheel chair bound and couldn’t walk anymore at all.

Elite Care is Different

The reason we designed the Elite Care Homes without hallways is that we want our Residents to be able to get in and out of their Resident Suites easily, on their own, and walk around beautiful gardens instead of using all their energy on just getting to the dining room. In my opinion long hallways are a restraint and detrimental to their health.


A Reason to Hope Community Breakfast

A Reason to Hope Elite Care AttendeesAn Inspiring Morning

On March 19th, community members from around Portland gathered at the Sentinel Hotel for an inspiring morning filled with stories of struggle and triumph at the Alzheimer’s Association’s A Reason to Hope fundraising breakfast. Elite Care was a premier sponsor of this important event and proud to see several of its employees attend.

Jim Martin A Reason to Hope Speaker Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Jim Martin

After an accident, Jim Martin lost much of his memory function. At the breakfast, he shared his story of recovery, learning he would no longer be able to continue his career as a trial lawyer, and acceptance of his new life. He learned that due to his injury, he’s much more likely to develop dementia. He gains support from friends and family and currently volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association.

Kathy Meyer, Family Member and CaregiverKathy Meyer A Reason to Hope Speaker

Kathy Meyer game a moving speech about her husband’s affliction with Alzheimer’s and the toll it takes not only on him, but on her, and her family. It was a first-hand account of what the disease does to a once high-functioning individual. The room was in tears.

Help the Fight

If you missed the breakfast, visit The Alzheimer’s Association website for other opportunities to help fight this terrible disease.


Amenities that Matter: Our Resident Suites

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There are a limited number of Residential Suites now available at Elite Care’s Oatfield Estates Milwaukie, Oregon campus. To tour the location and our suites, fill out the contact form and we’ll be in touch right away to schedule your visit.

We Are an Alternative to Assisted Living

Warm, cozy, intimate environment provides a quiet, predictable home that is easy to navigate and allows for socialization naturally.

What Makes Us Unique

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February Events and Activities at Oatfield Estates

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Editor’s Note – There are a limited number of Residential Suites now available at Elite Care’s Oatfield Estates Milwaukie, Oregon campus. To tour the location, fill out the contact form and we’ll be in touch right away to schedule your visit.

Ashland & Jefferson Houses

February brought much to celebrate at Oatfield Estates’ Jefferson and Ashland houses. We enjoyed a visit to the Main Street Collectors Mall and Soda Fountain for delicious desserts and a walk down memory lane. For our Valentine’s Party we learned some Valentine’s Day trivia, tried to guess the number of candy hearts in a jar, and snacked on yummy treats.

Last but not least we’ve enjoyed spending time with our new Garden Activities Coordinator, Tara. She introduced us to a variety of citrus fruits and we planted peas to enjoy later in the year.

Helens & Rainier Houses

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Seared Ahi Tuna & Miso Creme

Chef Victor, Elite Care at Fanno Creek

This delicious recipe is one of Chef Victor’s specialties and is requested time and again by Residents of Elite Care at Fanno Creek.


  •  1lb sushi grade Ahi tuna
  • 4oz black & white sesame seeds
  • 1oz olive oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • 2tbsp whole milk
  • Fennel sprigs for garnish


Heat oil on flat top grill. Cut and shape Ahi to desired shape (square) press each side of the tuna in the sesame seeds set aside. When the oil is hot, place the tuna on the grill and sear on all sides till about 1/4 inch is cooked leaving the center rare. Set aside to cool.

Mix the Sour Cream with the lemon Juice and add the milk to thin it out. Place the mixture in a pipping bag with a star tip.

Go back to the Ahi once it has cooled and with a sharp knife slice 1/4 inch pieces and arrange on a serving plate of your choice. Pipe the Creme Fresh onto the center of each slice of Ahi, then garnish with a sprig of Fennel.


Elite Care Campuses Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

Jason_adjusted_600pxSustainability: An Elite Care Value

Sustainability is fast becoming the new American standard of living. The information age has granted us the privilege (or some would argue, the responsibility) to investigate our world in deeper detail and discover for ourselves the sources of and ethoses behind our consumables. Everyday we ask ourselves are the vegetables we consume grown organically? Are the materials we employ green? Are our plastics recyclable? The answers to these questions inform our choices in a way that’s unprecedented in the industrial age, and as our population grows, and pressure increases on our vital natural resources, there is an undeniable morality in making responsible, sustainable choices. At Elite Care, these questions of sustainability underlie much of our corporate philosophy.

Holistic Approach

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Happy 100th Birthday, Irya!

Irya Bohlmann is Known for her Active Mind

She attends most activities our Oatfield Estates campus offers, loves daily interaction with fellow Residents, and eagerly digests anything related to music, especially the dulcet tones of Lawrence Welk’s “champagne music” of the 60’s and 70’s.

On February 17, we celebrated the 100th birthday of Miss Irya who became our newest Elite Care Centenarian! (Last year we celebrated the 100 year birthdays of two other Elite Care ladies, Marjorie at Fanno Creek, and Marguerite at Oatfield Estates).

Irya2 copyAs someone who has a century of life experiences under her belt, Irya has countless stories that have helped shape who she is today. Irya Linnea Holmes was born to Finnish parents, Viktor and Aino Saariniemi Feb 17, 1915 in Fitzburg, Massachusetts. At age 6, both parents passed away and with no other immediate family in the area, she was raised in an orphanage until age 17 when she graduated from Ilwaco High School. Read more


Julianne Moore Wins Best Actress for Still Alice

Important Exposure for the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

If you watched last week’s Oscar telecast, you saw Julianne Moore win the award for Best Actress for her portrayal of a woman struggling with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease in the film Still Alice. During her acceptance speech, Moore spoke powerfully about the need for increased attention for the fight against the disease. If you missed the telecast, watch her speech below (comments begin at 2:08).

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Elite Care’s Family Advisory Council

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At the heart of our company is a commitment that family involvement is a vital contributor to our Residents living healthier, happier, meaningful lives. We do not charge for family and friends’ meals, we have stay over suites that we do not charge rent, we have MONTHLY Family nights as well as the holiday parties spread out over the year. In 2013, we introduced the next phase of walking this talk and formed the Family Advisory Council (FAC). Chaired by our COO, Randy Bogrand, this group consists of members representing each of our current three campuses: Oatfield Estates, Fanno Creek, and Sylvan Park. The Council meets every other month and acts as a platform for developing and understanding Resident Family expectations and opening lines of communication. The group’s input has been invaluable as a sounding board for future company initiatives, including: Read more