From the Provider
John and Sylvia Griffin devised a unique solution to putting their four children through college: open an assisted living facility! As a dermatologist in the late 1980s, Dr. John Griffin treated numerous older adults and realized those who lived alone revealed needs that were not being met, but their requirements were not so severe that they warranted a nursing home stay. At that time, the assisted living concept was in its infancy, so Dr. Griffin and his wife, Sylvia, a registered nurse, decided to start their own retirement option to meet the needs of the aged in their community. Sylvia Griffin took on the building of Cherry Blossom Cottage while her husband John worked at his career as a physician. Before opening, the children even helped with the aesthetics: cleaning, doing yardwork, etc. Established in 1989, the home earned its keep by indeed helping to put the last of the Griffin brood through college, ten years later. Now, daughter Rebecca Meadowcroft runs and co-owns the establishment with her three brothers.
Cherry Blossom Cottage features charming décor and lovely landscaping. The warm, home-like atmosphere is appreciated by the residents, who populate 40 private apartments and enjoy all the basic utilities, including individual temperature control. Beauty and barber shops are right on premise for guest convenience.
"I’m happy that we can provide a needed service and offer a safe, loving environment to our residents", says Ms. Meadowcroft. She also stresses that the administration is able to go above and beyond what other facilities can offer in terms of certain levels of care since the home is family-run and does not have to answer to a parent corporation. Just take a look at the long list of services provided:
- Three nutritious meals daily in the dining room
- Simple diets and snacks
- Nursing and care staff headed by RN on duty 24 hours a day
- Discrete medication services including Diabetes care
- Intermittent or regular assistance with ambulation
- Frequent redirection for confusion or restlessness
- Extra fall precaution resulting in increased checks
- Medical and nutrition alert for complicated diagnosis
- Health resource referrals
Personal Care Services
- Reminders of daily living tasks by staff
- Showering assistance/daily assistance with personal hygiene
- Incontinence care
- Routine nighttime care
- Bathroom assistance every two hours or in excess of once per hour
- Poor circulation and skin care
- Two – person assistance
- Lifts – into bed and transfers
- Linen and towel service
- Weekly housekeeping
- Apartment maintenance
- Personal laundry
- Assistance with arranging transportation
- Social and recreational activities
- Half mile from nearest hospital
- Long-term staff with full-time RN
- High level of care
- Ability to provide unique services
- Flexibility – not answering to a corporation due to being family-run
“We realize families struggle through this process of selecting the right home for their loved ones.” Residents’ physical needs as well as their emotional well-being are always considered. Ms. Meadowcroft loves that the facility can handle resident support utterly through end of life. “Not all retirement options provide care through the end, and it’s very difficult for the older person and their families to go through numerous moves.” The folks at Cherry Blossom Cottage considers this selection to be the final stop.
|Apartment Size||Independent||Basic||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
(302, 303, 312, 325, 326, 329)
|XL One Bedroom
(327, 328, 330)
Monthly rent is based on the level of personal service needs for each resident. Increases in the level of care are subject to change month to month, without notice and are based on the resident’s needs. These needs will be identified during the initial evaluation, quarterly and as needed. Each resident will be given a notice for the yearly rent increase.
When two people are renting an apartment, the resident with the higher level of care pays at the regular apartment price for that level of care. The resident with the lower level of care is priced at the second person rate.
The resident’s level of care is determined after a thorough evaluation which determines which services will be performed for the resident, the frequency of those services as well as the duration of the services. This final evaluation assigns a total number of points to the resident. Those points then determine the level of care the resident will be at.
|Independent||Basic||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
|Point Spread||0-10||11-30||31-50||51-70||71-110||111-130||131-160||160 + @ $32.00/point|
All levels of care include the following services:
- Three nutritious meals a day
- 24-hour nursing and care staff in case of emergency
- Linen and towel services
- Weekly housekeeping
- All utilities (except telephone & cable TV)
- Heating regulated by resident
- Social and recreational activities
- Personal laundry
- Assistance with outside health resources
Other Fees and Deposits: non-refundable
- Pre-Move In Evaluation & RN Review Fee:
- $200 in house $250 out of facility
- Cleaning & Maintenance Deposit: $750
- Administrative Processing Fee: $500
- Pendant Deposit: $150
- Room Hold: $50 per day
Apartment FeaturesKitchenette, Temperature Control, Emergency Call System
Activities/Recreation, Beauty/Barber Shop, Chapel Services, Internet Access, Private Dining Room, Gardens/Outside Patio, Facility Parking, Private Laundry, Guest Meals, Room Service, Pharmaceutical Service, Transportation
Reviews of Cherry Blossom Cottage
Average Rating: based on 8 Reviews
I am/was a resident of this facility
Cherry Blossom Cottage is providing with best living of my life. The care givers all are wonderful and make you feel that exceeding your needs is very important to them. The food here is wonderful. I was down to 155 lbs when I got here four months ago. Now I am up to 170 which is my ideal weight. When I got here I was on a walker. Now with their therapy I walk without a cane. I participate in their daily chair exercises at 11 each morning. They offer fun and educational activities which eliminates any excuse to be bored. I hope to live at Cherry Blossom Cottage until my last breath!
I am/was a resident of this facility
Cherry Blossom Cottage is wonderful. I am a 72 year old male who has had two strokes after which I had to find a place to live with help. I have been for four months and have never lived better in my life. I came on a walker and within two months was on a cane and now walk with no assistance thanks to their therapy. The food here is great! When I came here I weighed 155 lbs. I'm now up to 169 and could've feel better. The care givers all are wonderful making you feel you. Very important to them. The activities are fun and educational. They show two movies a week.
I hope to live here until my last breath!
I am a friend or relative of resident
My Mother-in love was at Cherry Blossom for abut 5 years before she passed away. We were very pleased with the cleanliness and help she received. The food is homemade and was very good for the most part. The caregivers and staff were very supportive. We did a lot of research for care centers before we came to Cherry Blossom and found that this place has an excellent reputation from doctors to the UPS man. We highly recommend this place.
I am a friend or relative of resident
My parents moved in to Cherry Blossom Cottage one year ago this month. It was hard for them to leave their own home but they just couldn't manage their own care and couldn’t afford in-home care any longer. We interviewed a couple of places and chose Cherry Blossom Cottage. It was the best decision we’ve ever made. Both my parents grew to love the staff and I appreciated the respect and dignity with which they were treated.
A few months after moving in, my mother passed away unexpectedly one night. I don't know what would have happened if my parents had still be living on their own at home. Dad could not have handled the situation. Instead a loving aide was with them, making a horrible event less stressful for all of us. There was a real outpouring of grief and compassion from the staff for Dad for weeks after.
When I walk in to visit my Dad now, the staff knows who I am and express a genuine warmth for him. I never feel like they are there to put in their time for a paycheck. You get the impression they are excited to be at work to see their “friends.”
Dad grumbles about the food but he hasn’t to have something to complain about. He enjoys his home and the people there who care for him. I know that I sleep better at night knowing he is safe and comfortable at Cherry Blossom.
I will and have recommended Cherry Blossom Cottage to adult children searching for a safe, clean and well-run place where they can place their parents.
I am a friend or relative of a resident
My experience with Cherry Blossom Cottage was wonderful. I have the highest regard for their caregivers. They treated my father with such dignity, and they always had a smile on their faces. The actual facility itself was very clean and very "homey." You felt like just sitting down in the front room and relaxing. There were always flowers everywhere, and they were big on music. There were a couple of pianos in the facility, and the residents were encouraged to play whenever the liked, my father included. The food was varied and prepared in accordance with each resident's health, although it was somewhat lacking in seasoning. The staff always had him dressed, shaved, and ready to go out the door when I arrived to take him to an appointment or just for a ride. They were always there and on time when it came to administering his meds or recording his blood sugar. He was very well taken care of, and when he passed away, there were many tears shed, which really surprised me that the employees would get so invested with the residents.
This facility is one of my favorites in terms of how devoted they are in making each resident feel comfortable, safe, and that their days are filled with fun, activities, family and friends, and a stress-free, worry-free lifestyle. The care team here is one of the best teams I have seen in an assisted living facility, they are very accommodating and it is easy to see that they truly adore all of the residents. I like that they take the time to really get to know each resident and that they go out of their way to make all of the residents feel special and an important part of the Cherry Blossom family. The staff encourage the residents to maintain as much independence as possible, but the residents still have complete assurance that someone is always close by if needed.
The look and feel of the facility is very homey. The design, layout, decor are all very warm and cozy looking, the whole facility - inside and out- gives off this vibe of being a comfortable and happy place to call home. I like that the facility is family ran, it helps in keeping the staff, residents and owners/management close-nit and the facility running more like a home and less like a hospital or institution. I also like that with family-owned facilities often come with family values which benefit the residents in so many ways, a few being that family-owned facilities are typically smaller, more nurturing, decisions are typically geared toward what will benefit the resident as oppose to what will benefit revenue, and most importantly the care and attention is much more individualized and one-on-one. Also, I kind of really like that the facility is assisted living only, it means that all of their time and energy is centered around finding opportunities, programs, activities, and so on which benefit the residents. In facilities that offer multiple care levels, their research for resident opportunities is divided between all the different care levels so there is less opportunities for each care level. Since this facility has only assisted living to focus on, the residents here have more options than assisted living residents in multi-care facilities. There really are a lot of fun activities, events, parties, outings, entertainment, programs, etc. that are available for the residents. Many of them are very creative and original activities that I have not seen before in other facilities and I LOVE when I see creativity in the activity schedule, so that is a PLUS! PLUS! PLUS!
The staff members are all great, very friendly and helpful. The residents always look happy and well taken care of. I never hear a lot of concerns or complaints during my visits, the residents and their families seem to be really happy having chosen Cherry Blossom as their home.
I hope that people will choose to visit Cherry Blossom Cottage, it is an older facility, but it is strong and sturdy, the grounds are absolutely gorgeous, and the care is exceptional. The staff and residents treat each other like a family and make the facility feel like home. It is definitely a facility worth checking out.
Cherry Blossom Cottage was started by a family to help with college tuition for their 4 children. It still has a family feeling as today it is directed by the daughter. This is like a big English cottage that feels more like a home than an assisted living facility—nice-looking, with flowering cherry trees. There are about 40 rooms The rooms are all built around a square—and that architecture gives a feeling of connectedness when viewed from the entry way. People with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, are accepted as long as they don’t present flight risks. Cherry Blossom Cottage is well suited for frail and hospice residents, although there are good activities for all.
The owners and staff really pride themselves on the personal attention and hands-on care they give people; there’s a close feeling, which is possible since it’s a reasonable size. They also go a long way in taking care of people when they get really frail. For example, I recall seeing a quite frail woman getting her feet soaked and nails painted during a pedicure in her room.
Cherry Blossom is a good choice for care that will take your loved one through to the end of life. Pricing information is clearly spelled out on their website. One thing to be aware of is that they don’t provide transportation to doctors’ appointments (many assisted living facilities provide this service on one or two days of the week). They will help you arrange transportation, but it might be costly. When a person needs care beyond their highest level 5, it is available at $32.00 an hour. Depending on the number of hours needed and your finances, this may make it possible for your family member to stay at Cherry Blossom until the end.
I visited this facility
This is an assisted living facility, with no specific memory care, in southwest Portland. On the whole, it’s very welcoming— old, but well maintained –with artwork on the walls, plants and nice furniture all around.
There are places to walk outside, including a big path and patio. Residents sometimes gather and talk out there, too.
The rooms are of good size—all private, without kitchen facilities. There is a common dining room downstairs. The food is not remarkable, just traditional “food for the elderly,” such as mashed potatoes.
There is an activity director who sometimes invites people to come and sing and play music, or organizes a game of bingo. Residents are also taken grocery shopping and siteseeing. The activities are pretty basic; nothing particularly creative is offered.
The staff tries to do their best with care, but when residents call for help, it often takes a while for them to respond. The place is very understaffed, so residents are often forced to hire outsiders to get the kind of care they need.
Basically, the place needs to be more organized in the way the care is given and how it is run. The medication management is also important; staff should supervise the medication being taken, and that doesn’t always happen here.
Residents commonly complain that they are being charged too much for the kind of care and housing they receive here.
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- Minimum Cost: 1,980