Set between the Pacific coast and the Cascade Mountains, Portland, Oregon is a
jewel of the Pacific Northwest, straddling the Willamette River near where it meets
the Columbia. While nearly 620,000 people live within Portland proper, about 2.4
million live in its metropolitan area, making it the 24th most populous city in the U.S.
Portland is a city of food carts, artisanal coffee, fleece pullovers, and roses. And with
about 50 assisted living facilities within the city limits, and dozens more nearby, it's
a great place for seniors looking for cultural, recreational and outdoor experiences
in a pleasant and slow-paced metropolitan environment. More...
has at least 113 Assisted Living Facilities within 13 Miles
"Calaroga Terrance is where my mother is, and she is very happy there. The staff is very friendly, she said the food is good, and they have extracurricular activities. They are updating the place..." More
"I like the location of Courtyard at Mt. Tabor. The staff is great. I think they are very attentive. They have a good variety on their menu. It is very clean, and there is no smell. My mother loves..." More
"I was very pleased with Regency Assisted Living. The hallways were nice and wide. The staff was extremely friendly. The people that lived there were extremely happy. I felt like people got more..." More
"We visited Brookdale Sellwood, and I'm very impressed. I would say the people that work there are exceptional. They follow through, and I'm very impressed with it. I would have chosen it, but..." More
"My mother has chosen Russellville Park for herself. Carrie -- who walked us through the community -- was very nice. My mother is now on a waiting list for a two bedroom apartment. The ones that we..." More
"The Parkview Memory Care Community of Cherrywood was brand new. They had just opened a month before I visited, and I was just visiting on the assumption that my mom might need memory care as time..." More
"Emeritus at Oswego Spring was the facility where my mom was at before she passed away. We chose this place because it's convenient to where I live so it's easy for me to get to. The people who..." More
"We were waiting for an opening at Emeritus at Park Place. My mother-in-law is now on the #2 list. I like that they have whole apartments and that was what she wanted. The atmosphere was wonderful..." More
"We're very satisfied with the living arrangement of Summerplace. It's a very secure and warm environment. . The rooms are very nice and clean and the food was very good. The staff were all very..." More
"Blue Harbor Senior Living was very nice, they went out of their way to help the people, and they had excellent food. The rooms were not really large, but you could still get enough stuff in there..." More
"A couple of the staff are welcoming in Trinity. The assisted living house has 15 beds. They have a formal dining room and a kitchen. The staff does the cooking and sometimes it’s good, sometimes..." More
"Hawthorne Gardens was beautiful. It was a newer facility. I would say that if we had the opportunity, we probably would have moved my mother there, but they didn't have any opening and they had no..." More
"I took a tour of a senior assisted living home that my friend works at. She showed me around the place and introduced me to some of the residents and nurses. Everyone was very nice, although some..." More
"From the moment I walked through the door on my very first visit, I noticed that things were not quite right with the facility, for one as soon as I walked in there was a resident standing near the..." More
"I would rate this facility as mediocre, mostly due to the staff. I volunteered at this facility for one day, and found that the amenities and facilities were above average. They had a great living..." More
"My dad is in Marquis Autumn Hills. The staff has been incredibly supportive and helpful with us through the process. The other thing that I really like to say about them is that it is a huge place,..." More
The average cost of assisted living in Oregon is $3,880 per month, according to the
2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, which makes it cheaper than
neighboring Washington and pricier on average than California, its neighbor to the
south. Starting prices for assisted living in Portland start at about $1,975 per month
Other cost of living factors to consider include the state income tax, which is
between 5% and 9.9%. There is no state sales tax, nor does the state tax Social
Security benefits, which could help finance assisted living in Portland.
Portland Weather and Climate
Portland’s mild climate varies between coastal and Mediterranean weather conditions.
Summers are warm and dry, with highs reaching about 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Winters tend to be mild and wet, giving birth to the flannel and fleece pullover
culture of the Pacific Northwest. On average, lows can get down to 35 degrees
Fahrenheit at the coldest. The city gets 42 inches of rain in an average year from the
150 days of precipitation it sees annually.
Assisted Living communities in Portland can be found throughout the city’s five easy-to-navigate neighborhoods, each named after its directional location in the city. The Northwest neighborhood is north of
downtown and is home of the Pearl district with its wide variety of shops and
restaurants as well as Chinatown and the Lan Su Chinese Garden. This is also where
Forest Park, one the country's largest urban forest reserves, is located.
Southwest Portland is where you'll find the city's downtown, which is home of the
Portland Art Museum, one of the largest museums in the U.S. It's also where the
tony West Hills neighborhood, the Japanese Garden, and the world famous Rose Test
Garden are located. On clear days visitors can take in spectacular views of Mt Hood
and Mt. St. Helens.
On the other side of the Willamette, Northeast Portland is home to the Alberta Arts
District and Boise neighborhood, hip shopping and restaurant districts. It's also the
sports hub of the city, where the Trail Blazers play at the Moda Center. Southeast is
home to Reed College, and highlights of North Portland include the gothic arches of
St. John's Bridge and Cathedral Park.
Many of the city's assisted living facilities are located in the eastern part of Portland
in the neighborhoods of Northeast and Southeast, though there are a few options
near downtown and in quieter North Portland.
While assisted living communities usually offer transportation options for residents,
Portland is also known for its easy public transportation and ease of navigation.
The city's "urban growth boundary" curbs urban sprawl and increases navigability.
Many neighborhoods are walkable, and because of the city's small size, most
neighborhoods are no more than 20 minutes away from each other.
Mass transit connects the city and suburbs with a system of buses, streetcars and a
light rail line known as the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX). Seniors may be
eligible for discounted fares, and the LIFT Program offers transportation to seniors
with disabilities who qualify and are unable to use other forms of transportation.
Portland boasts a number of renowned medical facilities that serve assisted living
residents throughout the city. Founded in 1875, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical
Center is one of the oldest medical facilities in the Northwest. Its specialties include
oncology, heart care, diabetes, and rehabilitation. Provident St. Vincent has been
ranked among America's top 100 hospitals by Thomson Reuters and provides
specialized care in areas including heart health, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.
There are numerous things for seniors to do in and around Portland. Typical outings
organized by the area's assisted living communities include shopping trips to
Walmart and local supermarket Fred Meyer, as well as meals at local restaurants.
Many communities take advantage of Portland's stunning natural beauty with scenic
drives and outings to nearby natural attractions in the mountains and on the coast.