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The Challenges of Caregiving

For the families of dementia patients, watching loved ones decline over the course of just a few years can be physically and emotionally draining. This stirring video from a CBS affiliate in Las Vegas highlights one woman’s journey from caregiver to advocate in the wake of her mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis.



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Elite Care Employment Open House


Attention: Caregivers

Elite Care is growing and we’re looking for a few big-hearted Caregivers (we call them Personal Assistants) to join our dedicated Team. If this sounds like you, come to our Oatfield Estates campus this Saturday, November 1st, from 10am-1pm. You’ll be able to talk to Elite Care personnel and:

  • Learn first-hand about the Elite Care culture and work environment.
  • Receive an on-the-spot interview.
  • Community Managers, Nurses (RNS), and Personal Assistants will be there to answer all your questions.
  • Get your benefits questions answered by Human Resource representatives.
  • Enjoy delicious refreshments.

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Baked Ziti & Meatballs

Chef Kate , Elite Care at Oatfield Estates

Pat, a Resident of Adams House who had advanced dementia wanted to teach me this recipe—step by step, as far as her memory allowed. Pat’s daughter later explained that the recipe was not quite complete. I may be sentimental, but I prefer Pat’s original instructions —without ricotta cheese.

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Elite Care Career Feature: Resident Service Coordinator

We Are Growing

Elite Care is growing and we’re looking for a Resident Service Coordinator to join our Team.

Summary of Position

As the lead care administrator in the house Care Team, the RSC works under direction of the nurse and the CM to ensure the best possible care is provided to the Residents. The RSC sets the positive tone in the house, leads by example:  in care; interaction with the Residents and adherence to Elite Care Policies.  The RSC’s major responsibilities are divided into three categories:  Personal Assistant (caregiver) Mentor/Trainer, Medication Management and RN support. Ultimately your responsibility is to lead your Team in providing the best possible Resident care.

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The Changing Demographics of Elder Care

In a recent article for Senior Housing News, Emily Study shares new survey data showing men are moving into memory care facilities at a faster rate than women, with the total number doubling in the last 18 months. According to the article, men require a different type of care than women, and this may present challenges for facilities unprepared for the change.

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Elite Care’s First Annual Boo Bash!


It’s October and even though the sun’s still shining, we know the start of the Holiday Season is right around the corner. In that spirit I’m pleased to announce that our Oatfield Estate and Sylvan Park campuses will hold their annual Boo Bash Halloween Celebrations on Thursday, October 30th. If you’re a friend or Family Member of one of our Residents, we’d love to have you stop by and enjoy holiday food and drink and spend some time visiting with our Residents and Team Members. Costumes are not required, but we’d love to see as many of them as possible!

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Elite Care Careers: Personal Chef


Our alternative to traditional assisted living has generated a large demand and we are looking to expand our Team! Apply today, BUT only if you want to join a company that believes in:

• Resident-directed activities: Growing organic gardens, planting flowers, and working in the chicken coop
• Promoting an atmosphere of belonging, influence, and purpose
• Family Members: Always welcome, always included
• Providing home cooked meals, daily activities, and Happy Days
• Ensuring that our Residents and Team Members alike are Living Well Each Day

AND, if you pride yourself on wanting to:

Be “all about others”;
Do well by doing good for others;
Help make a frail elderly’s minutes, hours and days momentous;
Then we want to talk to you!

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In Bloom

Each year in August, mythical Veggie Critters emerge from the Elite Care gardens and find their way to the county fairs. What is a Veggie Critter? Veggie Critters spring from the imagination of the Residents and are created entirely from vegetables and plant material. They range from fanciful animals to wacky looking people and are named accordingly. They bring forth an abundance of laughter and smiles as they come to life, joy to fair goers who meet them on their journey, and a lot of blue ribbons. Veggie Critters have also been known to appear on our campuses around Halloween.


Meet Don Walsh

Ashland House, Elite Care at Oatfield Estates

Don Walsh, the youngest child in his family, grew up in NE Portland, OR. His dad was a traveling salesman and his family owned rental properties in Rockaway Beach, OR. where he spent many summer vacations. Don has also spent time in Hawaii, on the East Coast, and Palm Springs. Today, Don is the proud father of five and enjoys watching OPB, listening to Big Band Jazz, and a big ‘ol open-faced turkey sandwich with gravy!


Team Member Spotlight


Meet Kristina Peel: Activities Coordinator at Oatfield Estates

Kristina came to work at Elite Care following a career with Weight Watchers. She began as a Personal Assistant, then transitioned to her current position as Activities Coordinator at Oatfield Estates. Kristina’s favorite part of working at Elite Care is “the Residents — they’re like extended family.”

Kristina’s a native Oregonian, growing up in Coos Bay and North Bend on the Southern Oregon Coast. She enjoys Sci-Fi movies and is most proud of her family— her daughter Tyra volunteers at Oatfield Estates. One of Kristina’s Bucket List items is to go zip-lining!