Portland, a cultural and economic center of the Pacific Northwest, is located roughly 50 miles north of the state capital, Salem. The city is home to 652,503 residents, 12.8% of whom are seniors aged 65 and up. Home to some of the state’s top hospitals, a low crime rate and a thriving arts scene, Portland offers active seniors pleasant summers and countless entertainment opportunities. 

Assisted living facilities support older adults who struggle to live on their own, offering hands-on assistance with daily living activities such as cleaning, transportation and personal care. Assisted living is ideal for seniors who don’t yet require the advanced level of care offered by nursing homes. Seniors living in Portland typically pay $4,975 per month for assisted living care, slightly less than Oregon’s statewide average of $5,045. 

This guide covers the basics of assisted living in Portland. It includes more about the pros and cons of living in Portland, local resources available to support seniors and average monthly senior care costs.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Portland, OR

2015, 2016

Courtyard at Mt. Tabor

6323 SE Division St., Portland, OR, 97206

I went to see the assisted living and memory care of Courtyard at Mt. Tabor. It’s a beautiful and much larger facility. The place is very clean and well maintained. The staff is fabulous. They’re wond … (read more)
I went to see the assisted living and memory care of Courtyard at Mt. Tabor. It’s a beautiful and much larger facility. The place is very clean and well maintained. The staff is fabulous. They’re wond … (read more)

Pacifica Senior Living Calaroga Terrace

1400 NE Second Avenue, Portland, OR, 97232

Pacifica Senior Living Calaroga Terrace is a retirement community in Portland, Oregon. Residents appreciate the busy activities program which includes bingo, shuffle board and trips around the city, w … (read more)
Pacifica Senior Living Calaroga Terrace is a retirement community in Portland, Oregon. Residents appreciate the busy activities program which includes bingo, shuffle board and trips around the city, w … (read more)

Cherrywood Village

1417 SE 107th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97216

Portland, Oregon’s Cherrywood Village provides independent and assisted living as well as memory care. Residents and their loved ones rate amenities highly, including the swimming pool, fitness room, … (read more)
Portland, Oregon’s Cherrywood Village provides independent and assisted living as well as memory care. Residents and their loved ones rate amenities highly, including the swimming pool, fitness room, … (read more)

Summerplace Assisted Living & Memory Care

15727 NE Russell St, Portland, OR, 97230

Summerplace Assisted Living & Memory Care is situated in Portland, OR, a short drive from Glendoveer Golf Course. Guests have access to a library, exercise room and a lounge with large TVs. Summer … (read more)
Summerplace Assisted Living & Memory Care is situated in Portland, OR, a short drive from Glendoveer Golf Course. Guests have access to a library, exercise room and a lounge with large TVs. Summer … (read more)

Sellwood Senior Living

8517 SE 17th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97202

Centrally located just 4 miles from downtown Portland, Elmcroft of Sellwood is tucked into Portland’s southeast neighborhood of Sellwood. This community is known for its close proximity to charming co … (read more)
Centrally located just 4 miles from downtown Portland, Elmcroft of Sellwood is tucked into Portland’s southeast neighborhood of Sellwood. This community is known for its close proximity to charming co … (read more)

Brookdale Oswego Springs Portland

11552 SW Lesser Rd., Portland, OR, 97219

I was really impressed with the cleanliness of Brookdale Oswego Springs Portland, and the attention from the staff. Demi gave the tour and she did a really great job explaining everything, and working … (read more)
I was really impressed with the cleanliness of Brookdale Oswego Springs Portland, and the attention from the staff. Demi gave the tour and she did a really great job explaining everything, and working … (read more)

West Hills Village Senior Residence

5711 SW Multnomah Blvd, Portland, OR, 97219

West Hills Village Senior Residence is a good community. The rooms were very nice, with about 400 square feet for a 1-bedrom with a kitchenette. The staff members are very nice, my mom gets along with … (read more)
West Hills Village Senior Residence is a good community. The rooms were very nice, with about 400 square feet for a 1-bedrom with a kitchenette. The staff members are very nice, my mom gets along with … (read more)

Arcadia Senior Living

13031 SE Foster Road, Portland, OR, 97236

I have a family member who lives at Arcadia Senior Living. I appreciate the care and support that they have given my family member. I was at a loss of where I could take my family member because all … (read more)
I have a family member who lives at Arcadia Senior Living. I appreciate the care and support that they have given my family member. I was at a loss of where I could take my family member because all … (read more)

Hawthorne Gardens Senior Living Community

2828 Southeast Taylor Street, Portland, OR, 97214

From the family’s first impromptu visit to moving in day for our Dad, we have been thoroughly impressed with every aspect of care, compassion, and service at Hawthorne Gardens. Dad was amazed when he … (read more)
From the family’s first impromptu visit to moving in day for our Dad, we have been thoroughly impressed with every aspect of care, compassion, and service at Hawthorne Gardens. Dad was amazed when he … (read more)

Harvest Homes

6921 N Roberts Ave., Portland, OR, 97203

My mother-in-law loves Harvest Homes. She’s in a 1-bedroom apartment, and it’s perfect for her. It has no stove because I don’t want her cooking. It’s really great. The grounds are so lovely, and her … (read more)
My mother-in-law loves Harvest Homes. She’s in a 1-bedroom apartment, and it’s perfect for her. It has no stove because I don’t want her cooking. It’s really great. The grounds are so lovely, and her … (read more)

Sapphire at Firwood Gardens

819 NE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR, 97230

I visited the assisted living. It was a good tour. They have very nice staff, very clean area, and the place was bright and open. It looked like a nice place, I wish they had an opening. They had all … (read more)
I visited the assisted living. It was a good tour. They have very nice staff, very clean area, and the place was bright and open. It looked like a nice place, I wish they had an opening. They had all … (read more)

Senior Haven

12140 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR, 97266

My family member had been moved in for a month when they suffered a major medical event. Was sent back to facility after a short hospital stay. Did not receive meds at appropriate times. Was not check … (read more)
My family member had been moved in for a month when they suffered a major medical event. Was sent back to facility after a short hospital stay. Did not receive meds at appropriate times. Was not check … (read more)

Russellville Park

20 S.E. 103rd Ave, Portland, OR, 97216

Russellville Park is located in the vibrant neighborhood of Russellville in Portland, Oregon. Visitors and residents love that Russellville Park is a spacious and clean facility with a modern and cozy … (read more)
Russellville Park is located in the vibrant neighborhood of Russellville in Portland, Oregon. Visitors and residents love that Russellville Park is a spacious and clean facility with a modern and cozy … (read more)

Rose Schnitzer Manor

6140 SW Boundary Street, Portland, OR, 97221

The staff are very kind, helpful and incredibly patient. There is very little provided in the way of support for non Jewish residents, or any explanation of various rituals and commemorations, incl … (read more)
The staff are very kind, helpful and incredibly patient. There is very little provided in the way of support for non Jewish residents, or any explanation of various rituals and commemorations, incl … (read more)

Regency Park Assisted Living

8300 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR, 97225

Regency Park Assisted Living offers assisted living in a comfortable, secure environment in the beautiful city of Lake Oswego, Oregon. Residents enjoy amenities such as an on-site beauty salon and bar … (read more)
Regency Park Assisted Living offers assisted living in a comfortable, secure environment in the beautiful city of Lake Oswego, Oregon. Residents enjoy amenities such as an on-site beauty salon and bar … (read more)

Parkview Christian Retirement Community

1825 NE 108th Ave, Portland, OR, 97220

My husband is at Parkview Christian Retirement Community. It’s a smaller community than some others. I think my husband likes Parkview because it is smaller and probably more intimate. They have good, … (read more)
My husband is at Parkview Christian Retirement Community. It’s a smaller community than some others. I think my husband likes Parkview because it is smaller and probably more intimate. They have good, … (read more)

Willamette View

12705 South East River Road, Portland, OR, 97222

I went to the Willamette View Health Center a couple of times a week from 2008 to 2011. The facility was easy to get to even without a car. It was on a quiet bus line. The building was quite large. It … (read more)
I went to the Willamette View Health Center a couple of times a week from 2008 to 2011. The facility was easy to get to even without a car. It was on a quiet bus line. The building was quite large. It … (read more)

2012

Avamere Park Place

8445 SW Hemlock, Portland, OR, 97223

I visited a friend at Avamere Park Place. He was there for a short period of time, after which he passed away. It was nice. It was a good group of people who run it, and he was happy there. He said th … (read more)
I visited a friend at Avamere Park Place. He was there for a short period of time, after which he passed away. It was nice. It was a good group of people who run it, and he was happy there. He said th … (read more)

Markham House

10606 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR, 97219

Markham House is located in the West Portland Park neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Residents and their loved ones compliment Markham House for having kind, caring and competent staff and for the fre … (read more)
Markham House is located in the West Portland Park neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Residents and their loved ones compliment Markham House for having kind, caring and competent staff and for the fre … (read more)

Mirabella Portland

3550 SW Bond Avenue, Portland, OR, 97239

I was only able to visit Mirabella Portland. I have someone live in Mirabella Portland. They’re fabulous. It’s pretty exclusive; it’s pretty luxurious. It’s probably more than my parents were willing … (read more)
I was only able to visit Mirabella Portland. I have someone live in Mirabella Portland. They’re fabulous. It’s pretty exclusive; it’s pretty luxurious. It’s probably more than my parents were willing … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Portland

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Oregon. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Portland

The Office of Safety, Oversight and Quality, a subagency of the Oregon Department of Human Services, licenses and regulates assisted living facilities  through the Aging and People with Disabilities program.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Portland

  • Portland is part of the Pacific Northwest, a region notorious for steady rain and overcast skies. The city averages just 144 sunny days per year, significantly less than the U.S. average of 205 days. Seniors who love sunny skies might not enjoy living in Portland; otherwise, Portland summers are remarkably comfortable, earning a 9.4 on the BestPlaces Comfort Index, where a 10 is the best possible score.
  • Cost-conscious seniors might not appreciate Portland’s high overall cost of living. Its overall cost of living is 30.8% higher than the national average and 17.7% higher than Oregon’s statewide average. Portland’s housing costs are 81.5% higher than the national average; on the bright side, seniors who live in assisted living communities won’t be responsible for separate housing costs. Another good thing about Portland’s cost of living is that the city’s health care costs are 14.1% lower than the U.S. average. 
  • On a scale of 1 to 100, with lower scores indicating less crime, Portland’s violent crime rate is 21.7, slightly lower than the U.S. average of 22.7. The city’s property crime rate of 72.3, however, is more than double the national average of 35.4. Assisted living facilities typically offer several strong security measures, keeping seniors safe.
  • Seniors who appreciate art will love Portland’s bustling art scene, featuring dozens of annual art-related events and numerous art galleries. Portland hosts over 20 film festivals a year and three monthly art walks.
  • Portland is home to four of Oregon’s top 10 hospitals. OHSU Hospital, the state’s top hospital, is nationally ranked in six specialties and five children’s specialties.

Paying for Assisted Living in Portland

On average, according to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, seniors living in Portland pay $4,975 per month for assisted living care. Portland’s citywide assisted living rate is $70 below Oregon’s statewide average of $5,045 per month but $475 above the U.S. average of $4,500.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Across the state of Oregon, citywide assisted living cost averages range as high as $5,623 per month in Eugene to as low as $4,485 per month in Corvallis — or anywhere from $648 more expensive to $490 cheaper than in Portland. In Salem, seniors pay an average of $5,500 for assisted living care, or $525 more than in Portland. Assisted living costs in Bend are closer to those in Portland than any other city in the Beaver State, averaging $4,835 per month — $140 less than Portland.

$4975

Portland

$5045

Oregon

$4500

The United States

$5623

Eugene

$5500

Salem

$4835

Bend

$4485

Corvallis

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Ideal for seniors who live at home but need additional day-to-day living assistance, home care and home health care both cost $7,146 per month. Adult day care costs just $2,708 per month but only offers senior care during weekdays. Nursing homes, which provide advanced around-the-clock care, cost between $10,661 per month for semiprivate and $11,777 for private rooms.

$7146

Homemaker Services

$7146

Home Health Aide

$2708

Adult Day Health Care

$4975

Assisted Living Facility

$10661

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$11777

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Portland

Oregon is one of five states to offer a 1915(k) option, also known as a K Plan, K Option, or, in Oregon, the Community First Choice plan. This benefit, offered through Medicaid, helps eligible low-income seasons to pay for their assisted living and other care costs.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Oregon page.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Oregon

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Oregon page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Portland

Portland is home to dozens of government agencies and nonprofit organizations that offer assistance to older adults who live in assisted living facilities. 

Resource

Contact

Service

(503) 988-3646

More than 90% of Oregon's senior population is served by 17 local Area Agencies on Aging. Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Service Division is Oregon's Portland-area AAA. It provides information about local services and links them to relevant providers and opportunities. In total, it offers more than two dozen essential services, including case management services, chronic disease education, evidence-based health promotion, physical activity programs and legal assistance.

(503) 288-8303

The Hollywood Senior Center–Community for Positive Aging is a nonprofit organization that maintains a welcoming, uplifting environment for older adults aged 55 and up. The organization provides a multitude of services to local seniors, including operating the Medical Equipment Loan Closet. Available by appointment on weekdays, the program equips seniors with much-needed wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes and other safety items. The senior center offers numerous daily virtual classes via Zoom, including group exercises, senior-oriented health education classes and support groups.

(800) 522-2602

People volunteering for Oregon's Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, an independent state agency, field and investigate complaints from assisted living facility residents, seek resolutions to seniors' problems and advocate for resident care improvements. Ombudsmen respond to a wide variety of concerns, including issues with medications, lost property, billing, guardianships, evictions and meal quality. Services provided by the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program are also available to facility staff, family members and the general public. 

(866) 554-5360

Oregon's state AARP chapter, AARP Oregon, offers dozens of exciting volunteering opportunities to older adults aged 50 and up. Available opportunities are categorized into three broad interests: community outreach and education, influencing policy and supporting livable communities. AARP Oregon even offers many virtual volunteering options, including for various AARP imprints such as AARP National and AARP States.

(503) 688-5361

Run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Portland, Oregon Vet Center is a non-medical counseling center that helps veterans manage post-military life. It offers LGBTQ+, family and many other types of counseling. The Vet Center also provides referrals to various local essential service providers.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Portland

Portland Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Oregon are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Oregon page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Oregon