About Our Community
Brookdale Eugene Alpine Springs, formerly Emeritus at Alpine Springs, is an Eugene OR Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s care community. Our community is located on the same campus as two different senior living communities that provide increasing levels of care. This means that residents have the security of knowing they can remain on campus, close to their friends and in familiar surroundings, even as their health needs change over time. These communities include:
- Brookdale Eugene Alpine Cottages are set in a beautiful park-like neighborhood, and are perfect for independent residents who live an active lifestyle.
- Brookdale Eugene Alpine Court is our small, homey memory care community for residents who are living with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory loss issues.
The Perfect Location
Brookdale Eugene Alpine Springs is conveniently located just four miles from downtown Eugene, which is just big enough to offer a wide variety of sight-seeing, dining, shopping, entertainment and sports-viewing opportunities. And with easy access to Route 569 (the “Beltline”), we can easily take residents into the beautiful countryside surrounding Eugene.
The PeaceHealth Medical Group, which specializes in geriatric care, is right next door – and Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, a brand new, state-of-the-art regional medical center, is a quick 10-minute drive west.
This region is filled with abundant beauty and year-round events, such as the Swan Island Dahlia Festival, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, the Hood River Blossom Festival, the Scandinavian Festival, the annual Quilt Show, the Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire, and the Rose Parade in Portland.
We also visit all of the region’s attractions, such as Devil’s Elbow on the Oregon Coast, the Oregon Air and Space Museum, the heirloom rose gardens in St. Paul, the Columbia River Gorge, Storybook Land in Albany, the Peony Gardens in Brooks, the Oregon International Raceway, local gold mines, and the old-fashioned Western town of Sisters.
A Wonderful Selection
Brookdale Eugene Alpine Springs is a 70-unit private apartment community that provides assisted living care. This community has several styles of studio and one-bedroom apartments. All of our apartments are spacious, bright and cheerful, and include a small kitchenette with sink, refrigerator and microwave; extra large bathroom with safety walk-in showers and wide doors; individually controlled air conditioning and heat; and an emergency call system. This community was designed to maximize the sunlight into the community. The dining room, for example, offers a high vaulted ceiling with three stories of windows. Our library also has tall windows, as well as a quiet nook for reading and an area for putting together puzzles. We have an area with a pool table, as well as an ice cream parlor, family dining room, garden and greenhouse, and salon/barber shop.
Brookdale Eugene Alpine Cottages, for our independent residents, are spacious and light, with huge windows. Each offers two bedrooms, including a master bedroom suite with its own bathroom and sliding doors to a back patio; another full bath; full kitchen; and single-car garage with automatic garage door opener. Our cottage neighborhood is situated on a beautiful park-like setting, perfect for summertime block parties and barbeques!
Brookdale Eugene Alpine Court, our small, homey memory care community has 56, single-occupied studio apartments all on one level, making it convenient to navigate. We offer two types of studios: a semi-private style in which two single-occupied studios share one bathroom, or a private room with its own bathroom. This community has four distinct “neighborhoods,” each with its own intimate dining space. All four neighborhoods connect onto a huge atrium that creates the feeling of being outdoors. With its trees, plants and gazebo, it is a favorite place for residents to stroll about. In addition, the community provides two interior courtyards and two outer courtyards – all four of which are secured for the safety of our residents.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
Staff at the Alpine communities have developed and nurtured strong relationships with area hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and local health-care providers in order to provide a seamless continuum of care for our residents. These health-care providers include PeaceHealth River Bend, which is the premier geriatric clinic in Eugene; Avamere Rehab and Avamere Riverpark of Eugene; Eugene Good Samaritan; and Sacred Heart Hospital, to name a few.
And depending upon what the resident needs for rehabilitation services, we will bring in outside physical, occupational and speech therapists to work with residents here on site. We can also bring in outside hospice services as necessary.
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful Place to Live
Our rich and varied activities program is tailored to our residents’ interests, skills and abilities. An exercise instructor from the local college comes in to lead a senior exercise program designed to promote strength and balance training. We also offer musical performances at least three times a week and dances four times a year. Recently, we had 180 college students from the University of Oregon host a prom here for our residents. We also frequently attend ballet, theater and musical performances and recitals at the University of Oregon, all of which are free. On many Saturdays, we hold parties such as our recent “Martian Invasion,” during which we celebrated the anniversary of the War of the Worlds movie.
With the help of several Master Gardeners, our Garden Club tends 12 raised beds, 36 oak barrels and many hanging flower baskets, as well as takes care of planting areas around our pathways. They are also “fostering” 800 fuscias in our community green house.
Games are also a big draw; residents love to play Bingo, Bunko, Skipbo, Scrabble, Trivia, Uno, Tri-ominoes, Wii bowling and Wii downhill racing, and Pinochle on Tuesday evenings.
Our Pins and Needles craft group recently made tiny hats for preemies at our local hospital. Many of our ladies have joined our Red Hat group, while our men have enjoyed building beehives and gone on trips as part of our Men’s Group.
We bring in outside experts to lead seminars on topics of interest to seniors; for example, a rabbi recently gave a fascinating talk on the Middle East. And church services are held most days.
For our memory care residents, we have designed an outstanding program to help them remain active and engaged, and to help them keep their memory as sharp as possible. Activities include our “garden club,” in which residents use their creativity to arrange silk flowers. We look forward to celebrating each holiday season with wonderful events and parties, providing an appetizing menu and party prizes for every occasion. We offer exercise classes, church services, arts and crafts and even Bingo, with a little help provided by our staff! We also take our memory care residents on scenic drives around Friendridge Lake and stop for ice cream at the nearby Dairy Queen.
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
Brookdale Eugene Alpine communities are dedicated to staying connected and active in the Eugene/Springfield area. We have a tremendous relationship with our local community and participate in most local festivals, fairs, school events and other activities.
We also sponsor concerts in the local park, join in on activities at the local community center, and participate in family nights at our neighborhood schools and special events with the University of Oregon. Recently, as part of its international student program, a group from France put on “French Day” here at Brookdale Eugene Alpine Springs. They brought in special foods, shared songs and talked about their lives in Europe. We also sponsor an annual car show fundraiser, during which local car clubs show off their cars and enjoy a barbeque with our residents.
Brookdale Eugene Alpine Court, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association, conducts a monthly family support group. We bring outside experts into the community to talk about topics pertinent to families and other caregivers. The meetings are open to the public and are ideal for anyone who has a friend or family member that suffers from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
Our chefs are proud of their culinary skills and always concerned about serving residents food that they’ll enjoy. Each meal offers a choice of a main entrée and alternative, with our main meal served at lunchtime and a lighter fare served in the evening. Menus change daily and often reflect the bounty of the season. Fresh fruit and vegetables, purchased locally, are always served during the summer – and year-round, most of our vegetables are fresh and always cooked to crispy perfection.
Winter meals feature more protein, which dieticians have determined to be of particular importance for seniors during the chillier months. From cranberry orange roast pork, chicken parmesan and Swedish meat balls to the catch of the day, breaded veal cutlets and chef salads, our meals are much like you would expect to get in a fine restaurant. In fact, when we have visitors coming by for tours, we always invite them to join us for lunch.
We also have occasional chef spotlight dinners in which the chef prepares a special gourmet meal. Snacks, including muffins and fruit, are also always available at our coffee bar.