Elite Care at Oatfield Estates

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4444 SE Oatfield Hill Rd., Milwaukie, OR 97267
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August 30, 2011

By A Gerontologist

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This facility's location in Milwaukie is in a residential area on a hill, surrounded by 6.5 acres of land. Oatfield Estates, like its sister facility in Tigard called Fanno Creek, has an interesting story. The owners were quite the darlings of the person-center care movement, which was strong in Oregon about five years ago. The couple"”Bill Reed and Lydia Lundberg, were looking to find a place for a parent, so they built their own facility"”with the goal of creating the kind of place they would like to live in themselves. They also created a technology that would allow family members to get updates and status reports online from anywhere in the country, even checking their whereabouts and activities and vital signs. As part of this electronic monitoring, a bell is activated when a resident tries to leave or rings a call button"”and there's also a record of how people responded and how long it took. Actually, very few people do it, but it does give some people peace of mind. The owners are also very interested in green and sustainable; all the facilities are LEED-certified. Another innovative idea was to have multi-generational mix, so some caregiver apartments were allowed at first. But that idea didn't last. The care concept is like roquefort dressing: people love it or hate it; there is no in between. The ones who are unhappy with the care feel that the staff isn't adequately trained in memory care, that the facility is understaffed and not well maintained. The idea was to give a high level of attention to people with memory care issues and improve the quality of their lives to extend them. But the facility is not licensed as memory care facility"”only as a residential care facility, which means it doesn't need to comply with some of the more stringent staffing and building safety requirements. Oatfield Estates was Reed and Lundberg's first facility. The campus is open, which is a concern for some residents with memory issues; it is patrolled by a sprinkler system. The housing is in dormlike apartments"”15 residents to each house in 5 houses. The model is that people should spend as much time together as possible, so the living quarters are small"”and the common areas are large. They do a good job is encouraging people to socialize. They also do a fairly good job with activities and helping residents stay engaged. And there is a high quality of food served"”mostly organic. The dining rooms have large communal tables, and residents are encouraged to help prepare meals together. I've witnessed loving interactions between residents and caregivers, but some family members complain that the management doesn't truly listen to concerns they raise. There is little turnover with care staff, but higher level management tends to change hands. Some family members also feel that the general understanding of dementia is not where it should be"”and not all staff is adequately trained in memory care. The cost is very high for a residential care facility"”beginning at $6,000 monthly. which is about $2,000 more than comparable places.

May 29, 2011

By HopefulKid

Friend or relative of resident

My grandfather was a resident of this facility and I have nothing but praise for both the facility and the staff. This is not a typical assisted living facility, as it has many unique amenities and features that make it both a fun and interesting place. It is located on almost 7 acres of land at the top of a hill with beautiful views of Mt. Hood. The grounds are full of accessible paths and resident run gardens that are very pleasant. Gardening activities are core to many of the resident's experiences, my grandfather loved to be out working in the garden at every opportunity. The living spaces for residents are divided into houses, each with its own family style kitchen and chef, as well as common area. The food is of very good quality (much of it is grown on site by residents or bought locally). Family members of residents are invited to a communal meal once a month on family night. Most resident rooms are apartment style with one large room with a partition for bedroom and living space, and a bathroom. The staff are very open and friendly and communicate well with both residents and family members. Residents are treated with a great deal of respect and there is a sense of community among both the staff and residents of each house. This facility is truly a pioneer in eldercare and I can easily recommend it to anybody.
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Questions about Elite Care at Oatfield Estates

Describe the overall population of assisted living residents at Elite Care at Oatfield Estates. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?

The average age of our residents at Elite Care is 82. Some of their favorite activities include walking around the scenic grounds, gardening, doing Tai Chi, and enjoying conversations with the community in our open kitchens.

What programs or activities does Elite Care at Oatfield Estates offer to enrich residents' well-being?

Flexible and individualized accommodations like not separating couples that require different levels of care and our pet friendly policies that allow room and care to keep families whole. Nature-based approaches like our organic gardening options and community chickens keep our residents active and contributes to our farm to table meal program. Holistic wellness is offered via our weekly Tai Chi to support balance and strength training, in addition to diverse outings and daily activities.

What places are near Elite Care at Oatfield Estates or within walking distance for assisted living residents to enjoy?

Elite Care at Oatfield Estates is tucked away within a residential neighborhood and has 6 acres of trees, gardens, koi ponds, and walking paths. It is less than a mile and within walking distance to shopping centers.

What transportation services does Elite Care at Oatfield Estates offer to assisted living residents?

Transportation is available to all residents. General outings regularly scheduled and individual transportation provided for personal and medical appointments.

What makes the chef or dining program at Elite Care at Oatfield Estates exceptional? What kind of menu can assisted living residents expect?

Our unique build with our individually houses are intentionally small so that everything is in close proximity. Our kitchens are the heart of the home where our personal chefs cater to the specific dietary needs of our residents. Our chefs do not hide behind the walls of a commercial kitchen but engage with the residents while preparing home cooked meals. As gardening is part of our nature-based approach, we are also proud to promote farm-to-table meals with in season fruits and vegetables.

What safety features or security measures does Elite Care at Oatfield Estates offer to assisted living residents?

Elite Care is a gated community. We have an electric car activated gate and keypad locks for the pedestrian gates. Our unique build with small communities also encourages personalized care and high staff to resident ratios. Our staff knows our residents routines creating a safe and intimate environment.

How does Elite Care at Oatfield Estates keep residents' families informed about their loved ones?

Elite Care keeps families informed via the Elite Care Family Portal. Here care staff regularly update each residents profile with photos and information regarding health, medical and personal updates. Our community managers and executive director is always available via phone, text, and email. In addition to Elite Care communicates to families via family distribution list for any communication regarding policy changes, up coming events, and other items. We also send out a monthly newsletter and hosted monthly family nights.

What is the care staff-to-resident ratio at Elite Care at Oatfield Estates during daytime and nighttime hours?

Elite Care has best in class care with an above average care staff to resident ratio. Daytime shift we have one care staff to every 6 residents. Our nighttime shift is two care staff to every 12 residents. We also have full time Licensed Nurse on staff.

If Elite Care at Oatfield Estates accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

We offer personalized and inclusive models of care to our residents and their pets without regard to age, diagnosis, or ability. At Elite Care, there are no restrictions for residents and their pets. Indoors pets and their companion soak up attention in living and family rooms as well as nest away in their own suites. Outside Residents and their pets are free to enjoy the multiple acres of walking paths. And here at Oatfield, we do have a fenced in dog park.

What ongoing senior care training does the staff receive?

Elite Care’s training program consists of a monthly curriculum for each staff member and role. Attendance is required and staff are scored on training outcome to meet both company and state requirements for continued training and education.

What safety features or security measures does Elite Care at Oatfield Estates provide to protect residents who wander?

Our unique design with small houses, high staffing ratios and close knit community ensures residents who like to wander can do so in a safe and monitored environment. Our high staff to resident ratio ensures our team understands our residents’ routines and our gated community ensures the parameter is secure.

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Services and Amenities of Elite Care at Oatfield Estates

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  • Entry Fee
  • Fee Structure Extra: Entry Fee Cost : $1500
  • Assisted Living Starting At: $5650/month

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • 2-bedroom apartments
  • Companion Suites: No

General

  • Resident Capacity: 120
  • Respite Care
  • Pets: All Pets Allowed

Licenses

  • State Licenses: 1410244226
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About Elite Care at Oatfield Estates

Elite Care provides an alternative to assisted living in Milwaukie, Oregon with Oatfield Estates, a retirement community that emphasizes love and friendship as much as it does health care technology. At Elite Care, we believe that a senior care facility should be a place that empowers our elders to live life with freedom until the very end, and we make sure that all of our elder care programs are designed to maximize happiness.

Our buildings are not only designed to make things simple and easy for residents but also to make everyone here feel at home. It’s very easy to navigate and the entire campus is wheelchair accessible. We also meet LEED certification standards, for a variety of reasons. We believe in protecting the environment, but we also want our residents to be very comfortable with the temperature. We want to make sure that nobody is ever too hot or too cold in our homes.

We offer a wide range of elder care including foster home care, memory care and both Alzheimers and Dementia while providing a comfortable location in which to live. Oatfield Estates is perched on top of a hill in Milwaukie that has great views of Mount Hood and the Portland skyline. Along with great facilities, we provide a friendly staff that gets to know each resident, talented chefs that can personalize dishes for individual residents, and activities that allow residents to socialize with one another and stay active.

Dementia care is one of our main focuses, but we care for residents with a wide variety of needs. Couples with differing needs specifically thrive at Elite Care because we have the experience and education necessary for multiple forms of senior care. We’ve also created an environment that feels like home and has the comfort and support of a family.

Oatfield Estates is Elite Care’s original campus and was designed as the model for our founder's vision to fundamentally change assisted living. The entire property is designed with the needs of senior care residents in mind. The floor plans foster interaction and avoids confusion. There is a central, home-style kitchen in every house and there aren’t any long hallways that can create confusion or depression. The houses feel like home, with personal activity coordinators and chefs that get to know residents and understand their lives. Each home features 12 resident suites, which allows each home to have its own distinct personality.

What Makes Us Special

The location is about as stunning as you can imagine. Oatfield Estates is situated on a hilltop with 360 views of Oregon, including one of the most gorgeous views of Mount Hood. You’ll also be surrounded by a beautiful arboretum, populated with all native plants. Another reason residents and families love Oatfield’s location in Milwaukie is because it is tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood. You don’t have to worry about loud city noises or cars whizzing by because we are the last stop on a dead end road. However, it’s extremely convenient to visit just a quarter mile off McLoughlin Boulevard and a 15 minute drive from downtown Portland.

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