Portland, Oregon – An Ideal Location for Assisted Living
Elite Care has two locations in the Portland, Oregon area: Fanno Creek in Tigard and Oatfield Estates in Milwaukie. Each location puts a focus on the natural environment, nature, open areas, trees, views, flowers, and love. As an alternative to assisted living, Elite Care are specialists in long-term care, handling residents with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and memory care needs as well as giving quality care through end-of-life. Residential care does not have to be a sentence to boredom, long hallways, and marginalization. Portland, a wonderful town in the great state of Oregon, located in the north west of the United States, is an ideal setting for Elite Care.
Location is so important for a long-term care facility, whether it be assisted living, residential care, or memory care. Location helps you thrive until the end of life. The environment is cornerstone to any successful aging process.
Eight Most Important Aspects to Location found in Portland, Oregon
- Lots of nature surrounding the buildings http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160420-how-nature-is-good-for-our-health-and-happiness This BBC article states “for people suffering from physical illness or mental healthdisorders, such as depression and anxiety, interacting with nature can help people control their symptoms or even recover, alongside conventional medication. Apr 20, 2016” Nature is important to everybody especially as we get older our need to be surrounded by life and beauty. It smooths the soul and slows you down
- Lots of walking paths that you are able to stroll on. “Health professionals know that walking is a good form of exercise that offers numerous health benefits. Anyone, can benefit from regular walking “ https://www.trails.com/list_96_walking-health-benefits.html When you are at a facility that restricts the residents ability to walk or is on a busy street where walking is a hazard or scary because of traffic internal walking paths become extremely important. The importance of walking paths cannot be overrated. At Elite Care in Portland Oregon we have very ample and interesting walking paths. Combining nature and walking is key in keeping your stress down and health up.
- Views are important to your mental health. Being in a large facility that is surrounded by large buildings is not what our elders are use to. Elite care homes in Portland are located so that views are everywhere both residential or rural. Bringing nature back to your soul is crucial and it is partially done through your eyes. Seeing nature at it best is important. Early in my education I read a study in Minnesota that dealt with the views out of hospital rooms. When the views were of nature, trees flowers and grass the patients healed 15% faster than their counter parts that had the view of the other side of the brick building. It makes sense that when your eyes are at ease and find peace your body will respond positive. Views bring back the past when life was simpler and calming. When the elders are comfortable with what they see they are more at home.
- Smells Assisted living, memory care and long-term care need to be surrounded by smells that are familiar to the residents and bring back the memories of their youth. When the smells are of traffic and cars the smells aggravate their dementia. When the smells are of grass, trees and gardens then they are transported back to a time when they are at peace with themselves.
- In Portland at our buildings in Milwaukie Oregon and Tigard Oregon we welcome pets. It is very important that the environment is natural and animals are part of it. Dogs, cats, chickens and other animals are just part of the environment we offer.
- Gardens for both food and flowers and birds are spread throughout the two campuses. Assisted living and memory care are grounded through their gardens. It is this environment that calms the soul and facilitates the ability to thrive. “A garden also offers a unique opportunity to provide a feast for the senses. Fragrant and vibrantly colored plants and shrubs can provide excellent sensory stimulation.” https://www.scie.org.uk/dementia/supporting-people-with-dementia/dementia-friendly-environments/gardens.asp. So often we underestimate the need for our grounding to nature. When we are isolated from nature or not free to enjoy it as we would have when we are younger it leaves a hole in ourselves. It is the holes that residents with dementia react to and are unable to figure out what is wrong. At elite care we try our best to make sure that the environment we create is not one that creates isolation from nature and holes to our well-being
- Portland has the unique opportunity to offer quiet and natural areas that are removed from the industrial noises of cars, plants freeways and other inhospitable noises. Assisted Living and memory care need environments that shield the residents form the din of noises that create anxiety and stress. Dr Linda Mah, the lead author of the review carried out at a research institute affiliated to the University of Toronto, said: “Pathological anxiety and chronic stress are associated with structural degeneration and impaired functioning of the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex, which may account for the increased risk of developing neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression and dementia.” http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/chronic-stress-could-lead-to-depression-and-dementia-scientists-warn-a6831786.html . We have built into our DNA the natural noises of nature and they help us ground ourselves with our past. When these noises are familuare and soothing we thrive when they are ugly and loud we retreat from our ability to be present and lose our ability to have relationships.
- At Oatfield Estates in Portland Oregon, Milwaukie and Tigard we have created nature areas where you can expect people of all ages and conditions enjoying the paths and environment. The other day it was such a pleasure to see the residents and younger team members walking hand in hand across the campus. By welcoming family and friends, we surround our residents with love and multigenerational opportunities. We do not charge for meals when people visit and it is not uncommon to see ages of people from 10 to 100 enjoying the grounds together. Lots of multigenerational people walking around add to the fabric that facilitates people with memory loss to feel safe and secure.
Portland’s Natural Beauty
Portland is a great and growing town, located on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, that offers many amenities. With bridges, parks, bicycle paths and a friendly environment it is an ideal place to retire and live out the rest of your lives. From our property on top of Oatfield Hill you can see 6 different mountains, downtown and the coast range; we are one of the few places where you can see both the Cascade and Coastal ranges. Being in a place that is fun to visit helps draw family and relatives to see love ones that are unable to travel to see them. Assisted Living, Memory Care or long term care is not the end of life. It is very important that in choosing a location, to retire in and eventually become less able to thrive without assistance, is pleasant inviting and easy to get people to come and see you.
Portland, Oregon’s largest city, sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. It’s known for its parks, bridges and bicycle paths, as well as for its eco-friendliness, microbreweries and coffeehouses. Iconic Washington Park encompasses sites from the formal Japanese Garden to Oregon Zoo and its railway. The city hosts thriving art, theater and music scenes.