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 Park Place – and throughout Brookdale Senior Living communities – has shared since 1996, when our community first opened its doors. It’s a simple promise to become extended family to the seniors entrusted in our care and to our retirees who have chosen our community for its active lifestyle.
The Perfect Location
Come into our community and you’re instantly greeted by a feeling of serenity and peace. In fact, visitors often pass by Emeritus at Park Place because our community is literally invisible from our street! Our building is tucked in the woodlands of Metzger Park, surrounded by huge trees and mature landscaping. Our dining room looks out onto a large duck pond, and a stream meanders through our property.
Yet we are close to everything! A major mall – Washington Square Mall – is just across the street. Providence St. Vincent’s Medical Center is an easy drive to our south. Two major routes – I-5 and Route 217 – are only minutes away. And there are three wonderful senior centers in the immediate vicinity. Emeritus at Park Place truly offers the best of all worlds – a beautiful natural setting, with all of the amenities of a major metropolitan area right in the neighborhood. Plus beautiful Portland is just 15 minutes northeast on I-5.
There’s never a lack of things to do, thanks to our incredible location. Here in the immediate area, restaurants love to go out for lunch at the Cheese Cake Factory, the Spaghetti Factory or to Graffers Fish and Chips, a little hole in the wall that’s famous for its seafood. And of course, frequent trips to Washington Square Mall are always popular with residents.
Three or four times a year, we head into downtown Portland, including trips to the Portland International Raceway for its annual Jubitz Winter Wonderland light show, or to the beautiful newly renovated Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, which is home to the Oregon Symphony, White Bird Dance Company, Portland Arts & Lectures, and many more local performing arts groups.
We take full advantage of our close proximity to the spectacular Oregon Coast, with country drives to Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, Chinook Winds Casino and outlet stores in Lincoln City, and visits to walk along the boardwalk in Seaside. (Our residents have had great luck at the casinos; recently one of our residents won enough money to purchase our community a new Poker table!) And every year, typically in September, one of our residents very generously allows us to spend a relaxing day fishing at his home on a private lake in Washugal, Washington. We always bring back several fish, from which our chef prepares a fantastic fish fry.
A Wonderful Selection
Our two-story community features 112 apartments, including 281-square-feet studios and 374-square-feet one-bedroom units. All apartments come with a kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator, a private bath with wheelchair-accessible roll-in showers and grab rails, individual temperature control and all utilities except telephone (cable is included in the monthly rent.) Each apartment also has large windows, and most either face the duck pond or one of the several cul-de-sac landscaped areas on our property. Small pets are also welcome!
Senior Residential and Assisted Living
Our community has a fantastic layout – almost like an “S” – in which all of our common areas and amenities are easy to reach, no matter where the resident’s apartment is located. Our gorgeous dining room, which is located in the middle of our first floor, is in the front of our building, facing our large duck pond. Wall-to-wall windows create a spectacular “water” view.
Our second-story activities room provides plenty of space for our exercise programs, Bible study, games, socials, resident birthday parties and musical performances. At the end of each hall are cozy seating areas, with large windows providing beautiful views of our tree-lined property and bringing in lots of light into the interior hallways.
Residents love to sit in these comfy spaces, enjoying quiet conversation, relaxing with a good book, knitting or simply gazing out onto our lovely grounds. Outside, Emeritus at Park Place has walking paths that wrap around our entire community, from the duck pond to the garden and around the backside of the pond. The pathways are lit for those our residents who enjoy evening strolls in warmer weather. And just across the street is Metzger Park, where there are many paths, most of which are level and easy to walk or wheelchair along. In fact, often some of our lady residents enjoy taking a stroll in the park together. Small houses with several dead-end roads border the park, creating a quiet, safe neighborhood with little traffic.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
We work closely with Providence Home Health, which provides physical and occupational therapists who work with residents right here in the convenience of our community. Residents can be treated in their own apartments or if they are learning to use a new walker and have to navigate to the dining room, for example, the therapists will work with them in the common areas.
Through Providence, we can also bring in mental health counselors to help those residents suffering from depression or other issues. Several skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers are in the areas, including Meridian Park Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Oregon Health & Science University, Beaverton Rehabilitation and King City Rehabilitation.
Should a resident require hospice care, we partner with two wonderful groups – Hospice Care of the Northwest and Serenity Hospice. Hospice might provide around-the-clock companionship, help with pain mediations, and support for the families. It’s very emotional when someone is in their final days, so we really depend upon our incredible hospice caregivers to be here for all of us, lending a helping hand and words of comfort.
Currently we have about 40 staff members, including two full-time registered nurses, a Resident Care Director, Med Techs who manage all of our residents’ medication needs, Resident Assistants who provide the personal one-on-one daily care, an Executive Director, Community Relations Director, Dining Services Director, Concierge staff, housekeeping and dietary aids.
Our staff is like one big family. Several members of our team have been with our community for more than nine years; you can see their pride radiating from their faces as you walk through our community! Words that residents commonly use to describe our staff are loyal, dependable, compassionate, supportive and hardworking. They pay a lot of attention to residents; one of our staff members loves to do our residents’ hair. Another staff member who works at our front desk often volunteers to help with outings in her spare time.
Emeritus at Park Place is committed to quality care, which reflects in our deficiency-free state survey! We also receive testimonials from residents and family members, like this: “I visit relatives at Emeritus at Park Place and find the community to be very clean, and the workers are very friendly and helpful. They also have a great dining area for the residents.”
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful Active Lifestyle
When anyone asks us what makes Emeritus at Park Place such a special place to live, we must first give credit to our residents. They are extremely welcoming, outgoing and always looking for new adventures. Trying to get residents to participate in activities is never an issue at Emeritus at Park Place. Next is our absolutely beautiful setting. Just come by for a complimentary lunch; our dining room takes full advantage of the surrounding property, with a wall of windows overlooking our beautiful duck pond.
Yet residents have easy access to one of the biggest malls in Oregon – Washington Square Mall – just a three-minute drive in our van. It has virtually every store and major restaurant imaginable! When our residents aren’t out shopping or enjoying lunch at the Cheese Cake Factory, they’re managing the Community Store, our own little emporium. Proceeds are used to purchase whatever residents wish, like our new Wii machine, new piano and large-screen television. A beautiful setting, welcoming residents, an active lifestyle and terrific staff, all of whom treat residents like family, make Emeritus at Park Place one of Portland’s top assisted living communities.
One of the most popular activities is working in the Country Store – our own in-house shop featuring a wide assortment of items, from snacks and soda pop to laundry soap. Residents take full responsibility for the store, ordering inventory, stocking shelves and waiting on customers. The Country Store raises a significant amount of money, all of which is used by residents to purchase whatever they like. Recently, we bought a new piano for the activities room, Wii machine and a large-screen television.
When not working in the store, residents enjoy a variety of resident-run activities, including Poker nights with Nick and movie night with Jim or Mert. We also have a bell choir, which is led by our Life Enrichment Director. At Christmastime, residents put on concerts; you would be amazed at how incredible they sound! Almost every day, a different staff member runs an exercise group, such as Tai Chi, sit-exercise, Wii bowling or Wii golf. There always seems to be some kind of game – Poker, Pinochle, a version of Bingo or Cribbage – being played somewhere in one of our common areas.
There are also many religious activities, including Catholic, LDS, Baptist, Presbyterian and non-denominational services at least three days a week, as well as hymn sing-alongs, Bible studies, LDS family night and Catholic Communion. News with a local volunteer – Bruce Speidel – is held every Wednesday morning. We have many resident artists and offer a variety of arts and craft activities. And our residents also have their own garden for which they make their own compost. The garden, which wraps around the community, is composed of raised beds at wheelchair height, with many residents having their own sections.
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
Emeritus at Park Place is very active in the local Chamber of Commerce in the Portland area, from being involved in local community fundraisers to participating in the annual “Home Again Parade” for the 41st brigade of troops coming home from Iraq. Our residents, many of whom are veterans, feel especially grateful to be able to shake the hands of those now in service and have the opportunity to thank them for their selfless dedication to our country.
Three delicious-nutritious meals are served restaurant style everyday in our lovely waterfront dining room. Emeritus at Park Place not only takes pride in its exceptional service, but our amazing food as well. In fact, Chef Scott Shipley received the silver metal at a recent company-wide National Cook Off, during which he competed against 400 other chefs. He enjoys coming up with new programs; for example, he recently trained our caregivers in the proper techniques of serving food.
The food he prepares is always made from scratch and tends to be home-style comfort cooking, which our residents prefer. Steak tips and potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese and pot roast are just a few of the community favorites. And once a month, it’s residents’ choice – whatever they wish Chef Scott to make, he will oblige. Of course, we are always concerned about accommodating special dietary restrictions.
Yet despite having to keep a careful watch on fat, sugar and salt content, Chef Scott is a master at making healthy food taste great. If you were to ask residents to rate our food, they would most likely give it a solid 10! We also celebrate all of the major holidays; at Thanksgiving and Christmas, residents are treated to a wonderful feast with all the trimmings. They can even ask for Chef Scott to make their grandmother’s old-fashioned corn bread stuffing or other favorite childhood recipe if they wish! In October, we always have October Fest and every summer, Chef Scott, who is from Hawaii, does an incredible traditional Luau complete with roasted pig.
The Bring Your Talent contest was truly an inspirational event. Many thanks to Nat Brown, for your generous donation of your contest prize to a local senior. Many thanks for going the extra mile for our senior caregivers and senior caregivers at the following communities: Emeritus at Northridge, Emeritus at Laguna Creek, Lassen House, The [...]
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