As a private, in home elder care provider, sometimes a client of mine reaches a point in their life when part time care will no longer fit their needs, and assisted living is the best option. I've worked for several individuals and couples living in the Stony Brook independent living community in Corvallis, Oregon. The homes and grounds are manicured and absolutely lovely. There is an active social network, opportunities for both private and public transportation, and facilities ready and able to cater to the changing levels of care needed by aging residents. Stony Brook offers one of the nicest assisted care facilities I have ever seen, not only is the standard of physical care very high but the amenities offered are amazing. Residents who have moved into the assisted care lodge can enjoy chef prepared meals in a restaurant setting, a private library of regular, audio and large print books that are constantly rotated through Benton County's library system, a fully staffed beauty salon and barber shop in house, and a community bus (fully handicapped equipped) to chauffer them to both on and off campus activities. This is the short list. The staff is friendly and attentive while still giving residents a sense of dignity and privacy. When a resident moves up to a more monitored level of care they do so seamlessly to make the transition comfortable for both the resident and their families. I've visited several of my former clients who have transitioned to the assisted care facility and every one of them seems content and as well attended as they were under my own care. For me, that is very important. You can't help but develop an emotional relationship with people you have cared for. Knowing they continue to be happy and content well into the last of their golden years is priceless.