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Page Reviewed / Updated – October 02, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Eugene, OR

Located along Oregon’s central coast on the southern end of the Willamette Valley, Eugene offers a laid-back atmosphere that strikes a perfect balance between nature and city life. The city has been included multiple times on Livability’s list of the top 100 best places to live for its mild winters, access to top health care facilities and extensive list of fun things to do.

Known as the Emerald City, Eugene features lush landscapes and a variety of recreational opportunities for seniors in search of an active retirement. With the Willamette River running right through the heart of the city, seniors can participate in outdoor activities at Alton Baker Park, hike the extensive system of trails or enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the rhododendron garden. The community also places a large focus on arts and culture, with art galleries, independent cinemas, live music venues and theaters scattered across the downtown core. Seniors can take a trip to 5th Street Public Market and stop in at local boutiques and cafes. The area is also home to a number of renowned wineries and top-rated restaurants.

The following list highlights the top assisted living options in Eugene. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Eugene and what financial assistance programs are available.

Oaktree Residential Living

Locally-owned and family-operated, Oaktree Residential Living is well-known in the area for its efforts to create an environment that feels just like home. What sets this community apart is its high caregiver-to-resident ratio which ensures each individual gets the care and attention they need to thrive. The community hosts an array of regular group activities designed to stimulate residents physically and mentally, and provide opportunities to socialize. Options include art classes, book clubs, movies, board games and poker. Its family-inclusive care model encourages residents' loved ones to participate in events and activities or simply stop by for a visit.

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  • Delicious homestyle meals prepared daily using fresh ingredients
  • 24-hour personal care

The Springs at Greer Gardens

The safety and well-being of its residents is the chief focus at The Springs at Greer Gardens. Located on the former Greer Gardens Nursery, the campus is beautifully landscaped and features a variety of upscale amenities, including an indoor pool, arts and crafts room, fully-equipped fitness center and spacious outdoor patio—some of reasons why this facility is on our top 10 list. Each day, residents have the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun and interesting activities designed to stimulate the senses and engage the body, mind and soul. Through the Art of Delicious dining experience, residents are treated to seasonally-inspired, made-to-order dishes in the community's open kitchen.

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  • Weekly housekeeping services
  • Activities include fitness classes, movies, and gardening

Churchill Estates Retirement Community

In addition to daily assistance and support, residents of Churchill Estates Retirement Community are provided three meals a day as well as weekly housekeeping, laundry and linen service. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with courtyards, walkways and a garden space, and the campus features a number of common areas for residents to relax and spend time with friends. Churchill Estates is regarded as one of Eugene's top facilities for its unique efforts to build a sense of community, including organizing a competitive Wii bowling team and hosting fun events such as monthly birthday parties and an annual senior prom. That made us include Churchill Estates on our top 10 list as well.

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Woodside Senior Living

Just east of historic downtown Springfield in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Woodside Senior Living offers a welcoming environment that supports person-centered care, comprehensive wellness services and a full range of life-enrichment opportunities. The community is best known for its signature True North programs that use multi-sensory stimulation, cognitive exercises and the power of community to encourage growth and promote active living. It's conveniently located close to shopping, cafes and cultural attractions that seniors can access using the community's scheduled local transportation service. Residents are treated to delicious homecooked meals, with special options to accommodate dietary restrictions.

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  • Complimentary laundry services
  • Programming includes Music Makes Memories, Tiny Stories and aromatherapy

Waterford Grand

Nestled amongst the beautiful natural surroundings of Eugene, OR, Waterford Grand provides a nurturing environment with an emphasis on family involvement and vibrant living. Its convenient location allows residents to enjoy walks through nearby parks, visit cultural attractions and take part in local events. Residents have access to a full calendar of activities, including wine and cheese socials, music, crafts and games, and the community hosts birthday celebrations, themed parties and social clubs. To benefit residents' physical health, the community's EverFit program offers strength and balance classes, low-impact cardio, water aerobics and walking groups. One-on-one training can also be arranged at the on-site fitness center. These impressive amenities helped Waterford Grand land on our top 10 list.

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Lone Oak Assisted Living Community

At Lone Oak Assisted Living Community, seniors enjoy a resort-style living experience in a quiet setting. Located just off the Randy Pape Beltline, residents are just minutes from conveniences such as restaurants, grocery stores and banks. It's considered one of the city's top facilities for elegant design, active, engaging lifestyle and community involvement. Residents have daily opportunities to participate in life-enriching activities for the mind, body and soul, including wine tastings at cocktail hour, book discussions, yoga classes and group craft projects. We are impressed with Lone Oak's intergenerational programs, volunteering and fundraising efforts designed to keep seniors connected to the greater local community. These efforts earned the facility a spot on our top 10 list.

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Sheldon Park Assisted Living

Sheldon Park Assisted Living is located in Eugene's prestigious Ferry Street Bridge-area, which offers access to world-class shopping, dining and entertainment. Seniors benefit from the community's diverse programming and vibrant social calendar. Through the creative arts program, residents can participate in painting classes and craft projects, and the community provides regular opportunities for seniors to learn and grow through how-to seminars and educational lectures. Beautifully landscaped gardens and walking paths allow seniors to enjoy the sunny, west coast weather, and the community is designed with a number of cozy common areas that are perfect for relaxing.

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  • Amenities include a theater, library, pool table and beauty salon
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen services

Bayberry Commons Assisted Living & Memory Care

With its full range of accommodations and customized service plans, Bayberry Commons Assisted Living & Memory Care offers an environment where seniors can enjoy the lifestyle they want while receiving the support they need. Residents have access to a robust menu of amenities and services, along with specially-curated activities and events designed for the mind, body and spirit. The community is also located close to top local health care providers, which is one reason it's on our top 10 list. The on-site culinary team crafts fresh, made-to-order dishes each day. Residents have the option to enjoy their meals in the dining room while gazing at beautiful ocean views or relax in the comfort of their own apartments.

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Evergreen Senior Living

Tucked away in a peaceful, residential neighborhood, Evergreen Senior Living is designed to offer a diverse range of services and amenities tailored to help residents enjoy a fulfilling retirement. Its all-inclusive monthly rates include made-to-order meals, weekly housekeeping, complimentary laundry service and scheduled local transportation. Residents are encouraged to exercise their independence and fill their days with as little or as much activity as they like. The community's signature True North programs provide opportunities for residents to exercise their brains and bodies, connect with their personal stories and build connections with members of the community.

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  • Activities include yoga classes, aromatherapy, art projects and off-site outings
  • Multiple levels of care available

Farmington Square - Eugene

Farmington Square - Eugene offers a family atmosphere where seniors can receive the social, physical and emotional support they need while still maintaining a sense of independence. We included Farmington Square on this top 10 list because the community has won multiple awards for its full range of care services, Healthy Living life enrichment programs and incorporation of innovative technologies into daily living. Trained caregivers on-site 24 hours a day, and residents have opportunities to participate in activities such as strength and balance classes, cooking club, art projects, Bible study and cultural excursions. State-of-the-art iN2L touch-screen technology allows residents to enjoy online entertainment and stay connected with friends and family.

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  • Private studios and companion suites
  • Snacks and beverages available 24 hours a day

The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Eugene

Eugene is one of the most affordable areas in Oregon for cost of senior care. According to the most recent Genworth Cost of Care Survey, Eugene offers affordable options for assisted living and home health services, which cost $400 – $500 less than the state median.

Skilled nursing care in Eugene is comparable to the state average at $9,277. The only area where care expenses differ dramatically is adult day care with Eugene topping the list for the most expensive. In general, the costs in this city are a bit above the national average, though nursing homes cost substantially more than the national average cost of $7,441.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Eugene?

For seniors that don’t need around the clock skilled care offered at nursing homes, Eugene offers the most affordable assisted living options in the state with an average cost of $4,025.

The state average is substantially higher at $4,593, while Grants Pass, the most expensive area for assisted living in the state, has an average cost of $5,390  that is nearly 34 percent higher than Eugene. In general, expect to pay in the mid to high $4,000s in most areas in the state. For example, the Bend area average is $4,553 and Portland and Corvallis are both priced at just over $4,880.

How much does Home Care Cost in Eugene?

Home health care services are surprisingly affordable in Eugene, with an average price of just $4,385, slightly below the state average of $4,862. The most expensive areas like Bend or Portland often cost more than $5,000 per month. Grants Pass is the only area where home care is less expensive at $3,813. Meanwhile, Albany costs sit right at the state average, while Medford is closer to Eugene at $4,576.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Eugene?

Adult Day Care is expensive in Eugene. The state median is $1,983 per month, but the average cost in this city is $2,600, making it the most expensive area in the state for this service. For day programs, Corvallis, just about 40 miles to the north, is a more affordable option at $2,058. The least expensive area is in Salem with an average cost of just $975, which is less than half of the state median. Albany, Bend and Grants Pass do not list an average cost.

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Eugene?

In Eugene, the average cost of nursing home care for a semi-private room is the same as the state average at $9,277, which is considerably higher than the national average of $7,441. The most expensive area for nursing home care is Medford at $9,529, with both Albany and Bend not far behind at $9.429.

Financial Assistance Programs in Eugene

Medicaid Program in Eugene

Medicaid in Oregon is known as the Oregon Health Plan or OHP. It is an entitlement program that is available to all eligible applicants. Under this plan, seniors get financial assistance that covers the costs associated with medically necessary nursing home care. It may also cover some in-home personal care services. To be eligible, people must:

  • Be at least 65 years old
  • Have monthly income of no more than 300 percent of the Federal Benefit Rate or $2,313
  • Be an Oregon resident
  • Meet the asset maximum of $2,000 for individuals, excluding a primary residence valued at under $572,000. A personal vehicle, household items and some personal effects are also exempt. Non-applicant spouses may maintain up to $123,600 in community assets.

For more information about enrollment, eligibility requirements or the application process, click here

Community First Choice (CFC)

Oregon also offers the Community First Choice (CFC) plan under the state Medicaid umbrella. It is another entitlement plan available specifically for the elderly and disabled who require skilled nursing care. Participants in this program can receive similar care to a nursing home, but it is provided at home.

Some benefits include help with daily living activities like dressing, bathing, toileting, shopping, housework, meal preparation, etc. In addition to in-home personal care, this plan may also pay for home modifications like the installation of chair lifts, wheelchair ramps or expanded doorways. Assistive technology is also an option to help seniors stay at home for as long as possible.

To qualify for this program, participants must first be eligible for the state Medicaid plan and also require an institutional level of care. Click here to find out more about Community First Choice.

Independent Choices Program (ICP)

The Independent Choices Program (ICP) is another Medicaid plan that operates on a self-managed basis. Eligible participants get a monthly cash payment with which to hire service providers. Under this program, money is usually spent on assistive technology or personal care services. Some seniors can even hire a loved one as a caregiver, providing financial benefit for services that might prevent them from seeking a job outside the home. 

To qualify for this program, participants must be Medicaid eligible and able and willing to self-direct care services that approach the level of care provided in a nursing home setting. To demonstrate this ability, seniors must show a stable living situation and have a 3-month history of good money management. When enrolled in this program, seniors must open a separate bank account for monthly program disbursements that are then used solely to pay for covered services.

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Medicaid Waivers in Eugene

The Aged and Physically Disabled (APD) Medicaid Waiver

This program is for Oregon residents who require the care provided at a nursing home but would rather live in a community setting. It is specifically for those who are currently living in an institutional setting. This program offers transitional services for those moving, like paying for movers, help with security deposits and household items.

To qualify for the APD program, seniors must meet the same financial requirements as Medicaid and require an institutional level of care. While this waiver is available to any adult over age 18, it is targeted for seniors who do not need to prove full disability in order to qualify. Click here to learn more about the APD Medicaid Waiver.

The Client-Employed Provider (CEP) Program

The CEP program provides cash that participants use to hire providers for personal care services. These services may include help with daily activities like getting dressed or other mobility challenges, or even transportation assistance. Under this program, the participant is the employer and may choose a service provider, even if they choose to hire a family member or spouse.

This program is available to those who are:

  • Financially eligible for Medicaid
  • Able to self-manage care providers or work with family members to do so
  • In need of assistance with daily living activities

Click here for more information about the CEP program.

The Oregon Spousal Pay Program

This program may pay a spouse who is also a caregiver. When one half of a couple needs significant assistance with the activities of daily life, they may be eligible to apply.

Eligibility for this program is strictly regulated. In addition to the financial requirements for Medicaid, the senior that needs assistance must require help with at least four activities of daily life like toileting, dressing, eating, mobility, etc. In addition, seniors must be diagnosed with a progressive and debilitating condition like late-stage cancer or spinal cord injuries. The spouse applying for pay must also meet eligibility requirements like passing a criminal history check and demonstrating the ability to provide the needed level of care in addition to general tasks like housekeeping and running errands.Learn more about the Oregon Spousal Pay Program here.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Eugene

Oregon Project Independence

In Eugene, seniors may be eligible to participate in a non-Medicaid based program known as the Oregon Project Independence (OPI). This program offers a variety of services, such as:

  • In-home supervision
  • Assistance with ADLs (toiletry, mobility, bathing, dressing, light housekeeping, laundry, etc.)
  • Adult day care or respite care
  • Skilled nursing care

This program is specifically designed for those seniors with a condition like Alzheimer’s, where the level of care required may exceed the ability of a family member to provide. Participants in OPI do get to direct their care and may select a caregiver, even if that caregiver is a family member.

To qualify, seniors must be:

  • At least 60 years old
  • Ineligible for Medicaid
  • An Oregon resident
  • Require skilled nursing care
  • Live at home or with friends or family, not in a foster home, assisted living facility or another registered senior living provider

For those under 60 years old, a qualifying diagnosis may eliminate the age requirement. Click here for information about how the Oregon Project Independence program works.  

More Senior Living Resources in Eugene

Resource Phone Number Description
Sorgenfri & Hawthorne Park (541) 484-6595 Managed by Umbrella Properties, Inc., these two senior living apartment complexes offer more than 100 project-based HUD-assisted units. Seniors aged 62 and older may qualify if they meet the income eligibility guidelines for this property. 
Cornerstone Community Housing (541) 683-1751 This organization works with eight affordable housing communities to help seniors find affordable rental homes. Income limits apply and there are waiting lists for each property.
Catholic Community Services of Lane County  (541) 345-3642 This private charity offers a variety of assistance options ranging from clothing and food to rent help or financial assistance with utility bills or heating. 
Eugene Water & Electric Board  (541) 461-8794 The Eugene energy provider offers a variety of assistance programs, including $200 in annual bill credits. Zero interest loans and service rebates are available to qualified applicants for weatherization and efficiency updates.
Lane County Energy Programs  (541) 682-3378 The Lane County Human Services Division administers six programs that may help seniors with their utility bills through bill credits, weatherization modifications or rate reductions.

For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Oregon.