About Our Community
Springfield OR Assisted Living
Brookdale Springfield Briarwood, formerly Emeritus at Springfield The Briarwood is a Springfield OR assisted living community that also offers Independent living options. This property also includes The Woodside. These combine to offer two distinct assisted living communities designed to give seniors the best of all worlds: the opportunity to choose the setting that best reflects their needs and preferences, with full access to everything each community offers.
The Briarwood is an elegant three-story assisted living community with vaulted ceilings, walls of glass and many common areas for conversation, entertaining, enjoying activities or simply relaxing with friends and family.
The Woodside offers the perfect retirement living option for seniors who prefer a slow pace, with fewer neighbors. Less than half the size of Briarwood, Woodside welcomes residents into its warm, homelike embrace – a home in which the staff and residents truly are family. With both communities located right across from each other, residents take full advantage of all the offerings at each community, from our diverse activities calendar and live entertainment to family dinners and excursions outside of the Springfield area.
The Perfect Location
Just off Main Street (Route 126), our campus community offers easy access to I-5 and everything that the Springfield-Eugene area has to offer. On the east side of the freeway, Springfield is a wonderful small city in the Southern Willamette Valley, between the McKenzie and Willamette rivers. A temperate climate – along with close proximity to Eugene – makes this campus an ideal retirement community. Two hospitals – McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center and Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend – are within an easy drive. We take weekly shopping trips to area malls, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Big Lots, among many other stores, as well as lunch out every week to one of many restaurants in the area.
In addition, residents have ample opportunity to attend live performances at the Hult Center in Eugene, to travel to the Tri Rivers Casino in Florence on the Oregon Coast, to take in the spectacular scenery at various recreation areas close to our community, and to enjoy frequent trips to Willamilane Park Swim Center, which has its own senior center. Just about anything residents would like to do – a Christmas Lights Tour in a limosine bus, an excursion to Story Brook Land in Albany, drives up Deerhorn Country Road – we try to oblige!
A Wonderful Selection
The combination of two entirely different assisted living communities on one conveniently located campus enables residents to match the setting to their needs, preferences and personalities. Residents from each are welcome to enjoy all of the common areas available throughout both communities.
The Briarwood – our larger three-story community – offers 122 assisted living apartments, available in small and large studios, as well as one-bedroom and two-bedroom units – some of which are among the most spacious apartments of any assisted living community in the region. Light and bright, with high ceilings and large windows, all apartments offer a private handicapped-accessible bathroom with walk-in shower; a full kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, cabinets and counters; large closets; individually controlled heat and air conditioning; and an emergency call system. Briarwood also offers four cottages, with two bedrooms, two full baths with walk-in shower and bathtub; a full kitchen; washer/dryer hook-up; patio; and garage – the ideal option for couples.
Briarwood has a multitude of places that residents can entertain and enjoy beyond their own senior apartments – a Coca Cola room in which residents celebrate special events with loved ones; a large media room where we host a variety of events – from church services to football parties; a fireside lounge with a huge fireplace; and two dining rooms, one with a baby Grand piano and water fountain. Our small bistro is often the place where our residents’ grandchildren love to spend time. Libraries are located on two floors. Plus there are several fully furnished living rooms located on each floor – perfect for visiting with friends.
The Woodside – our smaller two-story community – is located just across the street. Each studio and one bedroom offers the same amenities as Briarwood. Here at Woodside, you can literally feel the warm family-like atmosphere and dedication of our caregivers the moment you step through the doors.
Woodside has fewer common spaces, but residents take full advantage of the space available. For example, after breakfast, it’s common to see residents in the living room, sitting area and lobby, chatting over coffee or reading the paper. Woodside also has a smaller media room, its own dining room and open sitting areas throughout the community.
The campus itself is beautifully landscaped – a pond and courtyard are located just behind Briarwood, while Woodside also has a back courtyard area with planter boxes and garden space.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
We work with many home health, hospice and rehabilitation agencies in the area – so we can make recommendations should a resident require physical, speech, occupational therapy or any other medical service. Marquis Care of Springfield is one such group with which we have a strong relationship; they offer a fully staffed rehabilitation facility that enables residents to receive more intensive care after having been hospitalized for an injury or serious illness. Marquis caregivers also provide services here in the comfort of the resident’s own home. Signature Hospice and Home Health is another provider with which we work frequently – but of course, residents are always free to use whatever service they prefer or that their doctor specifies.
We bring in other types of health-care professionals – a hearing specialist, who generously gives his time to ensure that our residents’ hearing aids are working properly, at no cost to them; college students from the University of Oregon in Eugene, who set up blood pressure and equipment checks; an eye care company that sends a representative to check residents’ eyeglasses; and an onsite dental professional, who makes house calls. In addition, we invite a variety of health-care experts in to train our own staff, for example, on how to work with seniors having just been discharged from rehabilitation.
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful Active Lifestyle
With a wide range of ages and abilities, our communities work hard to plan a diverse activities schedule, so that every resident can find something – hopefully many things – they can enjoy. In fact, on average, there are five to seven activities planned each day, from shopping trips into downtown Springfield and Winco/Dollar Tree to chair exercises every Tuesday and Thursday. Ice cream socials; all kinds of games, from Bingo and Bridge to bean bag baseball and Pinochle; facials, manicures and pedicures; Red Hat Society luncheons; outings to the Hult Center to see the symphony or ballet; outside entertainment groups; movie nights; and major family events once a month are just a few of the many options all residents have to choose from. All in all, this is the perfect community for your active senior lifestyle!
Retirement living, especially at the Brookdale Springfield campus is all about you! We ensure that you can have the activity or social life you want. In addition, we take residents to the Willamilane Swim Center every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and on scheduled shopping trips. We offer all kinds of crafts, from making holiday cards to quilting. Residents compete in Wii tournaments, they go out for lunch once a week and here at Woodside, we invite families to join us every Sunday for Family Lunch Hour. A trip to the Coast to spend the day at the Tri Rivers Casino is another resident favorite. And at Christmastime, residents enjoy a comfortable ride in a limousine bus to view spectacular Christmas lights throughout the Springfield area. We have an active resident council that works closely with our Life Enrichment Directors, making sure that the activities we plan reflect our residents’ interests and preferences.
Partnering With the Local Neighborhood Community
While we don’t have a memory care community on our campus, we are committed to partnering with the local Alzheimer’s Association. In fact, all of our fundraisers throughout the year – our holiday market, where residents make baked goods and crafts for sale; a fall craft fair; car washes and spaghetti dinners; and participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s – benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
We are especially appreciative of the local Springfield Fire Department. We occasionally bring them dinner. We also take time to thank those groups that care for our residents; for example, providing a waffle breakfast for the Willamilane Senior Center. And many groups come into our community to visit residents or to use our meeting spaces, from the local Girl Scouts, which donated 200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, to a Bible study group to the general community-at-large, which is always invited to our large quarterly events, such as a health fair in the fall, summer barbeque or ‘50s car show.
Brookdale Springfield Briarwood offers one large dining room that is separated into two, to create smaller, more intimate dining spaces. The Woodside has one smaller dining room; residents from both Woodside and Briarwood can eat in either community.
All meals are served restaurant style, with two entrée choices and an always-available menu served at lunch and dinner. A full breakfast is served as well, including egg of choice – unless our chef offers an omelet! Thursdays are biscuit and gravy day. The food is fabulous – at least that’s what our residents and family members tell us. It’s always home-style cooking, and once a month, we prepare a special meal using a resident’s favorite recipe. Our chefs also come out at every meal to chat with residents about their meal – to make sure they are happy and if there is an issue, they want to find out immediately and address it right away.
What happens should a resident not feel well? We offer tray service, with easy-to-eat selections like soups, Jell-o and crackers. We can also accommodate most special diets, from mechanical soft to low sodium. Snacks are also always available in the afternoon – and often in the evening – and include fruit, cakes and cookies, various high-protein choices, and beverages.
Duane is 92. Blanche is 93. They are both healthy and Emeritus of Springfield plans to keep it that way. For the 7th year, Emeritus is on the “Shade Brigade” sending local seniors coolers filled with water, fruit, juices and safety tips. Contact Emeritus at Springfield if you know a local senior in need. Read […]
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