This is a continuing care retirement community with a hefty buy-in fee"”and the estate does not get much back after a resident dies.
The facility has a very strong focus on teachers of all levels"”from public school teachers to university profs. It's located on a hill, near the Health Sciences University, which gets high marks in geriatric medicine.
Terwilliger Plaza'a resident base is due to its unique history: It was founded by a single woman who was a high school teacher. When she aged, she and some friends bought this house and hired a caregiver to attend to those living here.
The place has its has pros and cons. The mission statement mandates that it's self-governed, which makes for some "lively" and sometimes chaotic board debates.
There is no designated activities program; the residents plan them all and are responsible for bringing in the outsiders.
The facility was based on an older model of aging that didn't anticipate an expanded lifespan, so not designed to handle end of life or advanced care well; the advanced care facility is small. There are small apartments, which are nice, but residents who need more care are required to hire in-home help at their own cost.
There was recently a big remodel"”constructing more independent living units, a more active area for meeting and socializing, and adding two restaurants; the food served in them is good.
If you're an educator and want to be around other educators, this is the place for you. The residents here, most of whom seem active, like it immensely. There are also great views of Portland, from up on a hill.
But living here can be expensive: a big buy-in fee, high monthly rate, and increasingly pricey if in-home care is needed.