The Pearl at Kruse Way

4550 Carman Drive, Lake Oswego, OR, 97035

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August 18, 2011

By Caring409820

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I've had a client at The Pearl for several years. It's a residential care facility (assisted living but with a higher level of supervision), along with memory care and a small rehab unit. As soon as you walk in, it feels almost like a nice hotel. It's really nice. It's in Lake Oswego, in South Portland. The neighborhood is nice, upscale residential, with a church and high school nearby. The facility is newer"”quite nice and well maintained. They have both private and shared rooms with a private bath, and the furnishings are very tasteful and expensive. Outside there are a few little courtyards with flowers, shrubs, and walkways. They're not big, but they're nice. The staff are all very friendly, very committed to taking care of the residents. And they're well trained. I've eaten there, and the food is good. It smells good and looks good. They have some activities"”chair exercise, music"”but they've had an issue with keeping an activity director in place. They also offer some bus outings.

August 08, 2011

By A Gerontologist

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Named after the daughter of the person from whom the land was purchased, The Pearl was built in 2005. There's not much parking, which can be problematic for visitors. It's a nice-looking building, well constructed with a good waiting area, decorated in soothing earth tones. There is a friendly receptionist to greet visitors. And the entire place is clean and well maintained. The place has a troubled past, including a lawsuit in 2008, where there were problems with behavioral problems. It is currently owned by Avamere, which is not known for nurturing its employees, although The Pearl is one of its more successful places. They have now made some changes and are striving to provide better care. There is a more upbeat and friendly feeling to the place. When you enter, to the right is skilled nursing and to the left, the memory care units, where the doors are faux bookshelves. In skilled nursing, which houses 29, residents have individual rooms and most have private bathrooms, but the units are rather small and dormitorylike, giving the whole place a rather chaotic feel. There is also a large common area where family members and other visitors tend to come and congregate. Residents do not seem to be languishing in their rooms, and seem to be well attended. The nursing staff is walled off, which gives the impression they are trying to protect themselves from the residents"”although the nurses do seem to get on the floor and circulate. This also differentiates the place from other skilled nursing facilities. The television is not on constantly, and there are some good and engaging activities for the residents. There is a cocktail hour daily and a Sunday brunch, which gets excellent reviews. The skilled nursing unit is one of the better ones in Portland, with an excellent reputation. The tone was set by a director of nursing who left a while back, but the quality of care has been upheld. There are also two secured memory care units"”and between them is a courtyard. The theory is that residents are grouped according to their abilities and acuities. The approach there is one of "Best Friend," which aims to offer more person-centered care, but the staff doesn't appear to live up to this goal. Mostly, it's well-meaning caregivers trying to do the best they can, but they're made to feel expendable.
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The Pearl at Kruse Way is a dementia and memory care facility in Lake Oswego, OR that specializes in the housing and care of patients with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Contact The Pearl at Kruse Way for more details on memory care services and rates.

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