Carman Oaks is owned by Grayco, which has the reputation of being a good management company. It doesn't have many facilities, but does a good job with the ones it has. This one is nestled in a hollow with many trees around, and an outdoor sitting area.
There is capacity for 144 independent living residents and 29 in assisted living; residents are housed in two different buildings, both of which have two floors. No specialized memory care is offered.
While the place is nicely built and well constructed; the decor is a little old-fashioned, in shades of mauve, and a little dark; the darkness may be exacerbated by the woodsy setting.
The rooms are basic, nothing too fancy. The most basic offering is an alcove, which is 473 square feet, and the cost runs from $1,700 to $1,945 monthly, depending on location.
The dining area is located centrally"”and residents speak highly of the food. There are usually three options offered per meal, along with alternatives they can order off the menu.
There are open areas in the building where residents could congregate, but they don't seem to do so; most tend to stay in their apartments.
Residents complain about the lack of activities. They seem to line up early to have meals, because that's one of the main activities in the place. Other than that, there's not much engaging or creative offered for them to do.
Perhaps to help fill this gap, there seem to be a lot of family members who come to take the residents out"”and there are many things to do in the area of Lake Oswego, which is a safe and active area.
A lot of people in independent living here hire in-home care, so the residents typically have higher needs than in similar facilities.
The care in assisted living is quite good. The manager is an RN, and there is very little turnover, so the staff members have good relationships with the residents. They have a nice calm demeanors instead of being frantic. They also have good relationships with one another, which adds to the pleasant atmosphere.
This place might not be a good fit for potential residents who want to have a lot of interaction with other residents, since people here seem to stick to themselves.
The cost is comparable to other facilities in the area.