There are 610 assisted living facilities in Oregon. Assisted living provides a residential home setting with additional support to help residents with daily activities, such as bathing, laundry and transportation. The exact amenities available vary between facilities as they aren’t nationally regulated. Choosing the right assisted living option depends on factors such as cost, location and available services. 

Who Are Assisted Living Facilities For?

Assisted living can benefit seniors who want to maintain independence but may need extra help with daily activities. Conditions such as limited mobility and reduced hearing or vision can make daily living more challenging. These facilities have trained staff on hand around the clock to help residents with personal hygiene, recreational activities and managing medical conditions.

Assisting living isn’t designed for people who require advanced care for complex health conditions, such as terminal illness or dementia. 

What Is the Minimum Standard of Care for Assisted Living in Oregon?

All assisted living facilities in Oregon have to follow regulations set out by the Department of Human Services. The minimum requirements include three meals a day with snacks and dietary substitutions, personal care services and assistance with eating, bathing and dressing. This helps ensure that residents receive a high standard of care during their long-term stay.

To establish mental and physical needs, residents undergo an initial screening process when they move in. Using the information gleaned in the assessment, a care plan is developed, which may include managing mental health issues, medication planning and specifying the activities and hobbies a resident needs help with. Needs are periodically reviewed, and the care plan is adjusted when necessary. The residential facility must comply with local building laws to ensure a safe environment for residents to live in. Caregiving staff must receive first aid and workplace orientation and pass a criminal background check.