About Our Community
We have promised ourselves that we shall always treat our residents as we would our own loved ones. Nothing less than our best will do.
This is the promise that the staff at Emeritus at Harbour Pointe Shores – and throughout Brookdale Senior Living communities – has shared since 1996, when our Ocean Shores assisted living and retirement community first opened its doors. It’s a simple promise to be compassionate and kind, understanding and respectful – a promise to become extended family to the seniors entrusted in our care and to our residents who have chosen our retirement community for its active lifestyle.
The Perfect Location
Our lovely retirement community sits on the southern tip of Ocean Shores, a small peninsula community surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Grays Harbor. Many mornings, residents are greeted by spectacular sunrises over the bay.
Point Brown Avenue, the main route connecting Ocean Shores to Route 109, is just a couple of minutes away. Outdoor recreation is conveniently located, with Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area just to our south, and a large golf course nearby. The Ocean Shores Interpretive Center, which residents love to visit, is within walking distance and provides a wealth of information on local history and wildlife. The Ocean Shores Convention Center, another popular destination, sponsors all kinds of events throughout the year, from arts and craft shows to our Winter Fanta-Sea celebration.
Every Monday and Friday, we take residents out to specialty shops, the movie theater, Damon Park, the Dollar Store, or places where they can run their shopping and banking errands. We also provide transportation to doctors’ offices in Aberdeen and Hoquiam, although many residents prefer the convenience of going to our family practitioner in town.
A Wonderful Selection
Our small, one-story community includes 50 senior apartments with three floor plan configurations, including an alcove studio layout. Each senior apartment includes a refrigerator and microwave and a very spacious private bathroom equipped with showers that have a seat, grab rails, a handheld shower head, and have a low lip for easy entry. The bathrooms also have grab rails around toilets and plenty of space to accommodate a wheelchair.
All our units have large windows, with apartments in the front of the building looking out onto a beautifully landscaped courtyard, and apartments in the back look at the water views of North Bay. Exterior studios on both ends of the building have peak-a-boo views of the water. Residents are able to furnish and decorate their apartment to make it their own. They can even have the walls painted a specific color; after all, it’s their apartment, and we want them to feel right at home! And for those residents who don’t want to live alone or who are on a fixed income, we also offer “friendship suites,” in which two residents share one apartment at a reduced cost, yet they still have access to all of our amenities and receive the same services.
When you enter our building, you see our cozy main living room first, with a gas fireplace and comfy couches and chairs for relaxing and visiting. A reading area on one side is separated by a divider wall from our TV area, which provides a large-screen TV. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in our Wii bowling league. There’s an activities table with arts and crafts always available. We also have our own popcorn machine and have “movie night” with hot homemade popcorn several evenings a week. Next to our living room is our spacious and bright dining room.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
Emeritus at Harbour Pointe Shores offers the services of occupational and physical therapists, who are available to see residents here on site. In fact, our therapists provide services right in the comfort and privacy of the resident’s apartment, up to five days a week depending on the resident’s individual needs.
Ocean Shores is also fortunate to now have its own family practitioner in town. Many of our residents are happy to have access to a local doctor, instead of having to travel to see their physician in Aberdeen, 25 miles away. The residents can also take advantage of the concierge doctor that comes in once a month.
For those residents who prefer to go to Aberdeen for their appointments, we do provide senior transportation services as frequently as possible. We can also arrange transportation should a resident need to be taken to an appointment beyond Aberdeen. Our resident care director also believes strongly in involving family members in the resident’s care and encourages their participation, not only in taking residents to appointments, but also in joining us for various activities and events.
Currently we have 29 staff members, including an executive director, a community relations director, business office director, maintenance director, dining services director, life enrichment director, resident care director who is a registered nurse (R.N.), another R.N. and a licensed practical nurse. We also have resident assistants who provide assistance with daily living, and medication technicians, who handle medication management.
We often get thank you notes from residents and their families. One of our letters came in the form of a poem, by Judy Ann, who says the poem is dedicated to all of the loving aids and staff at Harbour Pointe Shores:
“There’s a place called Harbour Pointe Shores. It’s a place many call home; some have families, others alone. Young and old, we all need their help, and in this place that’s what they are all about! They make you feel wanted and loved and take care of your needs. It’s a place where many call home, a special place where kindness is shown. At Harbour Pointe Shore’s, you’re never alone!”
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Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful Active Lifestyle
What better way to spend your retirement years than living right by the water in a wooded setting with all of the wonderful amenities that Ocean Shores, one of premier retirement communities in Washington state, has to offer? Here at Emeritus at Harbour Pointe Shores, we have it all: a waterfront location, a natural park-like setting that’s home to all kinds of wildlife, and a warm, inviting and homey atmosphere. We also go the extra mile whenever needed.
Most of our residents come from Ocean Shores, so our neighbor, the Ocean Shores Community Club, helps them keep active beyond all of our in-house programs. Those of our many residents who own property here, or whose family members own property locally, are able to take full advantage of its amenities at the Community Club. These include an indoor heated swimming pool, saunas, spa, changing rooms with showers and lockers, gymnasium, fitness center, meeting room, TV room, outside deck and play areas, game room and a cafe with free wireless Internet service. In addition, the Community Club offers a variety of recreational activities for members and their guests, including fitness classes, hobby clubs, special events, group travel opportunities, luncheons and much more.
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
Our community relations director is an ambassador with the local Chamber of Commerce, and frequently works with them to set up various public events at our retirement community, our goal is to have one event every month. For example, we host a “business after hours” or wine and cheese reception. In addition, the public is always welcome to our open houses, during which we provide tours, refreshments and door prizes. Community members are also invited to come by for a tour any day of the week, including weekends. Emeritus at Harbour Pointe Shores also partners with Elder Resource Benefits Consulting, a free service that we provide to our veteran residents or their surviving spouse to help make sure they can receive any additional financial assistance for which they are qualified.
Our dining services director/chef has been here several years and prides herself on preparing three delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals each day. Sometimes she offers basic down-home cooking – spaghetti and meatballs or roast beef with all the fixings — and other times it’s more gourmet, like Rosemary Chicken or specialty pizza.
Residents always have a choice of either a main entrée or an alternative. All meals are served restaurant-style. At dinner, for example, our wait-staff first serves juice, then salad, followed by the main dish and dessert. It’s a fancy four-course meal every day. Breakfast is also very big with our residents. They can choose just about anything, from egg dishes made to order and hot and cold cereals to fruits, juices and meats. All of our food is diabetic friendly, and we can accommodate other dietary restrictions such as low-salt and even Vegan! It’s not surprising that we often overhear residents saying, “This was the best meal I’ve ever had!”