About Our Community
Brookdale Sellwood, formerly Emeritus at Sellwood is a Portland Oregon Assisted Living community centrally located just four miles from downtown Portland, tucked into Portland’s southeast neighborhood of Sellwood. This charming historic community features lovely old Craftsman-style Bungalow homes, coffee shops, small grocery stores, boutiques and great restaurants. We’re also just off Highway 99 (SE McLoughlin Blvd.) and close to the Sellwood Bridge, one of the major bridges that cross the Willamette River, making it easy to drive into Portland. Several hospitals are located nearby, including Providence Milwaukee; Oregon Health Sciences University, a major teaching hospital and trauma center located just across the Sellwood bridge; the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center; and the skilled nursing facility, Friendship Health Center.
Greater Portland area is one of the most desirable areas in the Pacific Northwest, with its many attractions, restaurants, museums and beautiful scenery. We do our best to take advantage of all that the region has to offer, with our weekly trips to our local Farmers Market topping the list. Another popular destination is Spirit Lake Casino, where we’ll take residents in our “lift” van for an entire day.
Mondays are for our “Lunch Bunch;” residents just let us know where they’d like to go – McGrath’s Fish House, the Olive Garden and the Bomber diner, with its 1940s bomber in the parking lot, are among their favorites. The Museum of Science and Industry is just up the street from our senior living community, and the Portland Art Museum and Oregon Zoo are both an easy drive away. And several times a year, we’ll spend the day at the Milwaukee Senior Center. We also often take residents to the Portland Rose Garden – a major tourist attraction that locals love as well – where they can walk through beautiful gardens on paved pathways. When residents long for the ocean, we take off – often to the Seaside and Cannon Beach area for the day. The Columbia Gorge offers spectacular scenery, as well as wonderful Hood River – another perfect day trip.
A Wonderful Selection
Our goal is to meet the needs and budgets of all of our residents. Toward this end, our four-story assisted living community offers a total of 85 senior apartments, with approximately 12 different styles, ranging from 350-square-foot studios to several one-bedroom configurations to two-bedroom, two-bath suites just under 1,000 square feet. All apartments have 10-feet ceilings and large windows, creating a wonderful sense of space. And because we are a multi-story community, some of our upper floor apartments offer delightful views of Mt. Hood, the Cascade foothills and glimpses of the Portland skyline. Each features a full sized refrigerator with separate freezer, an easy-to-use microwave, spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers, a minimum of two closets, wall-to-wall carpeting, individual temperature and air conditioning control, and all utilities except telephone (Dish Network is included) and conveniently located emergency pull cords.
It’s very unusual for assisted living communities of our size to offer so many common areas. On the main floor, our lobby area is often a place for relaxation, playing games and conversation. Our family room is much like a den or great room and features a large-screen television, Wii console, tables and chairs for games, and several overstuffed chairs for watching movies. Our Coca-Cola Room is the center of many social activities, including ice cream socials, birthday parties and bingo. The beauty shop, which is adjacent to the Coca-Cola Room, is a full-service hair salon that’s open to the public. Our dining room is also located on the main floor. On the second floor is the very cozy “Fireside Room,” a relaxing area with tables, sofas, chairs and a gas fireplace. Just adjacent is our sun patio, which juts out over our entryway and faces south, making it the ideal place to enjoy the out-of-doors on nice sunny days. The Billiards Room and Game Room, with its regulation card table, are located on the third floor, and on the fourth floor is our Activities Center, where all of our arts and crafts, as well as exercise programs, are held. There are also many smaller sitting areas located throughout the building, where residents often decorate and furnish with their own belongings. Along the entire front side of the building is a covered porch, with rocking chairs and benches – and outside of our community, literally in our parking lot, is a small convenience store, where residents can get snacks and personal items. This is just one of the many benefits of being located in the heart of the Sellwood neighborhood!
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
We can bring in virtually any type of medical professional required, from physical, occupation and speech therapists, to podiatrists and social workers. So residents can continue receiving assisted living services from their own caregivers. And should a therapist or doctor have specific recommendations, our staff will make sure that information is integrated into the resident’s care plan. In addition, we are located within two minutes of two eye clinics, and twice a week, we offer scheduled transportation in our own lift van to medical appointments. Should a resident require skilled nursing, our Residential Care Director, also a registered nurse, will help find a suitable placement based on the resident’s needs and will conduct ongoing visits to keep track of his or her progress. We can also coordinate visits from other types of providers; for example, financial planners or VA representatives, who help our veteran residents take full advantage of the benefits to which they are entitled.
Friendly and caring are just two of the words our families and visitors often use to describe our staff. Often our visitors tell us how surprised they are by the welcoming “aura” of our community, where the staff goes out of its way to introduce themselves, to shake hands and look visitors in the eye. Perhaps it’s because they truly care about their jobs. They aren’t people who came here from a fast food chain; they are senior care specialists – caring people, who have dedicated their careers to serving seniors and enhancing their quality of life. What’s more, many of our caregivers have been with us for at least 18 months – which is significantly above the average of other assisted living communities in the Greater Portland area. While they are true professionals, they are still able to cultivate a warm, casual and down-to-earth community filled with joy and laughter.
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful Active Lifestyle
We offer a wide array of activities designed specifically to residents’ interests and capabilities. These include a variety of exercise-related activities, such as Tai Chi classes, given by an outside instructor three times a month, and our walking group, which loves to stroll through the Sellwood neighborhood, weather permitting. We have an active gardening group, which grows herbs, flowers and vegetables in our raised beds located behind our senior living community. Our residents are also very committed to all kinds of activities that promote intellectual stimulation and memory, including crossword puzzles, brainteasers and word games.
We also recently purchased a Wii, which has already become popular with residents, who particularly love to play Wii bowling, tennis and golf. All kinds of social activities are held in our Coca-Cola room, including parties, bingo and ice cream socials. Volunteers often come into our community to lead arts and crafts activities, which are held in our fourth floor Activities Center. In addition, a large percentage of our residents are men, so we offer several activities geared specifically to their interests, including our new Men’s Club and outings just for the guys. Pastors and ministers from our residents’ own churches occasionally visit with residents, sometimes for a prayer session, other times to read the Bible.
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
At least once a week, we will invite a group of entertainers into our senior living community. One week we might have a piano player or storyteller; another week, it could be a magician, a comedian, someone giving an art class or even a chorus group from a local school or church. It’s really up to our residents; in fact, our diverse range of entertainment is a direct reflection of their many interests. We also occasionally bring in speakers, for example, an author who has just written a book from which they will read excerpts. We do our best to schedule whatever type of entertainment clicks with our residents!
Many volunteers from the surrounding community and local schools enjoy coming into Brookdale Sellwood and visiting with residents. Often they’ll lead a variety of arts and crafts projects, from joining with residents to make greeting cards to constructing an entire dollhouse. We also occasionally have “pet therapy” sessions, with a family member or volunteer from the community bringing in their pets for our residents to enjoy. Occasionally, Rojo, a trained lama, will make a visit!
Our residents and family members rave about our food, which typically features old-fashioned comfort, easy-to-eat food, like roast chicken, meat loaf, pot roast and macaroni and cheese. We serve three meals a day, restaurant style, with lunch our main meal of the day. At both lunch and dinner, we offer two different entrees that change daily. We can also accommodate special dietary requirements, including soft diets, low salt diets and carb-controlled diets for our residents with diabetes. There is a hospitality area in our lobby, where we serve snacks and beverages throughout the day. Just off our main dining room is a private dining room available for residents to share meals with family and friends.