About Our Community
Klamath Falls OR Assisted Living
Brookdale Klamath Falls, formerly Emeritus at Eldorado Heights, is a Klamath Falls OR Assisted Living community. Klamath Falls is a small farming and ranching community of 30,000 bordering Upper Klamath Lake – the largest natural lake in Oregon. Klamath Falls sits in the Klamath Basin, at the base of the majestic Cascade Mountains, and just south of Crater Lake National Park, a favorite with our residents. Sky Lakes Medical Center is right behind our community, offering virtually every type of healthcare service, from diagnostic imaging and wound care to cancer treatment and emergency services. Crater Lake Parkway – a major thoroughfare – is just below us, providing easy access to shopping, restaurants, medical offices, churches and to Marquis Care at Plum Ridge, which offers skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long-term care services.
With so much going on right here in the Klamath Basin, we’re able to offer a wide variety of off-site excursions. We occasionally take the quick one-hour drive north to Crater Lake National Park, the deepest lake in North America, where in the summertime, residents enjoy a drive around the rim and tour of the Steel Visitors Center. We visit our local country fairs, take in parades during the Fourth of July and enjoy weekly shopping outings to our nearby Super Wal-Mart. Residents also love to visit Moore Park, at the south end of Klamath Lake, which is considered one of the premier birding spots in the world. It’s not uncommon to see bald eagles, snowy egrets, green herons, hooded mergansers and all kind of warblers. There are also several great restaurants located within just a few blocks from our community.
A Wonderful Selection
Our two-story community offers 60 senior apartments, including traditional studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Each apartment includes kitchenettes with a full refrigerator, microwave, sink and cabinets; a very large wheelchair-friendly bathroom with walk-in shower; large windows; wall-to-wall carpeting; and an emergency call system. Our month-to-month rent also includes apartment maintenance, weekly housekeeping and linen service and all utilities except telephone and cable. All apartments have lovely views, either of surrounding wooded areas, Mount Shasta, Klamath Basin or of our beautifully landscaped courtyard. Residents are welcome to bring in their own furniture and can decorate their apartment in any way they wish – one of our residents brought in a pair of deer horns to display on his wall! And as a pet-friendly community, small pets are also welcome to join our family.
Brookdale Klamath Falls offer several common areas, including a very spacious two-story dining area with large windows overlooking our landscaped back courtyard. The courtyard offers trails for walking, outdoor seating areas and barbeque. We also have a large multi-purpose activities room, where residents enjoy games, arts and crafts and movies. Resident meetings are also held here. On the second floor is a spacious balcony area where residents put together puzzles and play games. In addition, we offer a large private whirlpool therapy room, and free laundry facilities on both floors.
Strong, Caring Relationships
For those residents who need rehabilitation services, such as physical, occupational or speech therapy, we always welcome medical specialists into our community – just as if the resident was still living in his or her own home. We can also coordinate hospice care in the event a resident needs around-the-clock assistance. However, many of our residents require little additional medical services. We attribute this to our strong family-oriented atmosphere, which we believe is the reason our residents tend to be healthier and live longer. While the average stay nationally at an assisted living community is just two years, many of our residents have been here for ten years and are still active
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful Place to Live
Our senior living community is a fun, casual family-oriented home, where everyone – even a small pet, is welcome. Children and grandchildren visit our community often because our door is always open. All of us, including staff, sit down together for meals. We play games and watch movies together. We cry and laugh together, sharing life’s ups and downs.
Everything our dedicated, loyal staff does is focused on making life for our residents comfortable, joyful and vibrant. We also keep in mind that many residents are from the immediate area of Klamath Falls, a community of independent, hardworking, resilient people who find it difficult to ask for a helping hand. As we like to say to prospective new residents, “We’ll never smother you. We recognize that you have lived on your own your entire life. We are simply here to help you stay active and independent, offering assistance only when you need it.”
This philosophy makes a real difference in the health of our residents. We have two residents who are 104, another who is 100 – all three of whom are still very active, sharp and independent. It’s hard to put into words, but we truly are one big family living together in the wonderful family community of Klamath Falls. We know each resident personally – we know their children’s names and what they do; we even know their pets’ names! If a resident doesn’t have family in the immediate area, we become their sons and daughters, providing loving support and care.
Residents are so comfortable at Brookdale Klamath Falls, they often choose to stay right here and take advantage of our terrific activities program. At the request of our residents in wheelchairs, we have introduced an exercise program in which an outside instructor comes into our community and leads classes designed specifically to help people with limited mobility build strength and flexibility. Residents also enjoy outdoor walks along the paved sidewalks that encircle our community.
Our full-time Life Enrichment Director makes sure that there is always something going on – seven days a week – from bingo and arts and crafts, to weekly current events discussions and educational programs given by students from the Oregon Institute of Technology or student nurses from Sky View Medical Center.
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
About half of our residents are veterans or spouses of veterans; we even have one gentleman who served with the horseback cavalry in Oklahoma during the earliest days of World War II. In recognition of their service to our country, we partner closely with different veteran groups in the area. For example, the local chapter of the VFW comes to Brookdale Klamath Falls to lead a flag ceremony on Flag Day. Veteran groups also give educational seminars to our residents on such topics as veterans financial benefit programs.
We partner closely with the Klamath Basin Senior Center, which often joins us for games, meals and various events, including musical performances given by volunteer groups who come into our community to share their talents. We are also active with the Chamber of Commerce, and occasionally host the Chamber Greeters, a group of local business people who meet every Thursday morning to learn about other members’ businesses, products and services. We also reach out to our neighbors every month, inviting them here to our community for a special event, such as our Grand Reopening as an Brookdale community, during which more than 250 of our neighbors and friends joined us for carriage rides, tours and refreshments.
Brookdale Klamath Falls is known for offering the highest quality, most flavorful food of all assisted living communities in town. Three meals a day, served restaurant style in our gracious dining room, are included in our monthly rent. Our menu changes daily, but we always offers several choices, including a lighter fare.
At breakfast, our chefs can prepare made-to-order eggs and omelets. In addition, we often have large community meals that are catered and open to the public, for example a recent cowboy barbeque, featuring a full selection of fabulous ribs, chicken and sides.
Snacks, such as hot scones served just out of the oven in the afternoon, fruit and freshly baked cookies, are always available. We also frequently bake cookies just for our friends at the local senior center and deliver them still warm from the oven. Not surprising we’re called the “cookie people!” We also get frequent calls from adult children in the community, asking us to check on their grandmother or parent who they feel isn’t eating properly. We make home visits almost daily, bringing them food and friendship. Community outreach like this is a great way for us to help seniors, with limited mobility, who find it difficult to prepare their own meals.