About Our Community
Brookdale Vancouver Stonebridge, formerly Stonebridge, is among the premier Vancouver WA memory care facilities. It is conveniently located just two blocks from the Vancouver Mall, a quick two-minute drive to Highway 500 and 10 minutes from I-205, the main thoroughfare that connects Vancouver to I-5. Two outstanding hospitals are in the immediate area – Peace Southwest Medical Center and Kaiser Hospital – along with several skilled nursing centers. Pearson’s Air Museum, Clark County Historical Museum, Vancouver Lake Park with its many walking trails and a local fishing reservoir are just a few of the area attractions that residents are able to enjoy. And Beauty abounds! The Cascade Mountains rise in the east and the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is just 30 minutes away.
For visiting family members, there are several hotels and restaurants close to our community – plus, right across the War Veterans Memorial Freeway Bridge, just 15 minutes from our community – is the city of Portland. The cosmopolitan center of Oregon, Portland is a wonderful vacation destination with many restaurants, museum, theater, parks, a major airport and other attractions.
A Wonderful Selection
Residents live in one of two buildings, which are connected by a breezeway. Each building is its own community, providing a smaller, more intimate environment – ideal for people with memory impairments. While residents of all abilities live together, one building provides a quieter environment for residents who have greater difficulty tolerating commotion, while residents in our other building are able to handle a bit more stimulation. Residents from both buildings get together frequently for activities and special events.
Each building offers 30 studios – some private, some shared by residents wishing to take advantage of our affordable Friendship Suite option. All rooms include a wheelchair-accessible bathroom and have been recently updated in light, airy colors. Some studios face our enclosed courtyards.
Residents also have access to several common areas. One of our buildings features a cozy, welcoming lobby area with high-back chairs. The other building has a large kitchen, where meals are prepared. Both offer:
- A dining room for residents living in that building
- Large family room where games are available
- Library with large-screen television
- Plus, each building is built in a circular shape around a secured interior courtyard area, where residents can safely enjoy the out-of-doors.
The front of our community creates a lovely homelike feel – home not just to our residents, but to squirrels, rabbits, birds and other wildlife that residents enjoy feeding. Pathways between the buildings are often used by our residents’ Walking Club.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
Healthcare providers are always welcome at our community. Should we receive a doctor’s order for any type of service, we can make recommendations – or we will work with whomever the resident’s family desires or is covered by their insurance provider. From physical, speech and occupational therapists to hospice care, caregivers provide services right on site, either in the resident’s room or in a common area. Our staff takes care of coordinating all appointments.
Kaiser Hospital also offers a service in which those of their doctors and nurse practitioners who participate make house calls to residents, either on a rotating basis or as needed. In addition, we have outside nurse psychiatrists who come into the community to work with residents as needed, for example, determining appropriate medications or providing counseling to residents exhibiting difficult behaviors. All outside caregivers work closely with our in-house staff of nurses.
Working with residents who have memory impairments, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is rewarding, but also challenging. We pride ourselves on the fact that many caregivers have worked here for several years – some have been with our community for eight-plus years. We believe this longevity – rare for many communities like ours – stems from the passion and commitment our caregivers have for residents. Not surprisingly, we get many thank you cards from family members, who tell us how much they appreciate that we made their loved one’s life more fulfilling and enjoyable.
All staff members, from our Resident Assistants and Resident Care Coordinator to Executive Director, Community Relations Director and full-time Life Enrichment Director, undergo extensive training to work with people with dementia. Moreover, all caregivers are required to have their Certified Nursing Assistant designation and to be certified in dementia and mental health care. We also have a full staff of nurses during the day – and available on call, 24-hours a day.
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful Active Lifestyle
Our community offers a full calendar of daily activities, including morning and afternoon exercise, puzzles, games, dominos and arts and crafts. Many residents are able to join in – others are more limited in their abilities. For those who can enjoy local outings, we schedule occasional trips – for example, fishing at a local reservoir, viewing Christmas lights during the holidays, out to eat or for walks around the Vancouver Mall. In good weather, our “Walking Club” enjoys the paths around our community or strolling around our neighborhood. Plus:
- Many of our residents are artists, so we are especially grateful that a volunteer from the Vancouver Watercolor Association visits our community and leads our Art Club.
- We also have a talented choir that performs at many of our special events, such as our annual Christmas party or Veteran’s Appreciation Day.
- Each month, we bring in performers from the greater Vancouver area – a pianist, volunteers who teach residents to ballroom dance – even Elvis has performed here during our Winter Ball!
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
Once a month, our community sponsors a support group. The group is open to all family members, as well as to the greater Vancouver community. We also participate with the local senior center, attending special events, such as the bi-monthly Sunday dinner dance. Not all residents are able to go, but for those who do – often as many as 20 residents – they thoroughly enjoy getting out and socializing with other seniors. Volunteers also come into our community to visit with residents, including one wonderful woman whose own loved one had Alzheimer’s and passed away.
Each building has its own dining room, where residents are served home-style meals three times a day. While we offer just one main entrée at our noon meal – the main meal of the day – we can handle a wide range of special diets, from vegetarian to diabetic to mechanical soft. And if the care plan notes that the resident wishes to have peanut butter and banana sandwiches at mealtime, we strive to accommodate those individual preferences. Meals are served at 8 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Snacks are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and sandwiches, crackers and cheese, and other finger foods are always available.
Our chef is wonderful and prepares delicious comfort foods that residents associate with their younger years – pork chops, chicken and dumplings, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, for example. In the evening we serve a lighter fare – soups, chili or casseroles. At breakfast time, we serve a complete meal, with several choices – hot and cold cereal, eggs and occasional omelets, pancakes or waffles, homemade biscuits and a variety of breakfast meats. To help ensure that residents can distinguish their food on the plate, we use brightly colored tableware. Some of our residents wander while they are eating and we do our best to redirect them; others must be hand-fed. Whatever their special needs, our staff treats each resident with the utmost respect and dignity that they deserve.