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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Portland, OR
Portland is the largest city in Oregon and sits within the scenic Willamette Valley. With its temperate marine climate and abundant natural beauty, Portland is a highly desirable retirement destination, despite its higher-than-average cost of living. Named one of the best places to retire in Oregon, where Social Security benefits aren’t taxed, and the best metro to spend your Golden Years, Portland’s picturesque four seasons are marred only by frequent rainfall. Between retirees moving to the area and retiring Oregonians aging in place, 12.3% of Portland’s population of just over 650,000 are seniors aged 65 or older, and local sources say this number is growing rapidly.
Seniors looking for assisted living communities offering specialized care for memory loss find numerous memory care solutions in Portland. While assisted living costs an average of $4,998 per month, the higher level of care needed for dementia sufferers increases memory care costs by about 25%. Seniors can expect to pay around $6,248 for memory care in Portland, which is about $600 more than the state average of $5,624 and nearly $1,200 higher than the national average of $5,064.
Portland remains a popular retirement destination with plenty of memory care community choices. Use our top 10 list of Portland area memory care communities to compare some of your options.
Courtyard at Mt. Tabor
Privately owned and located just six blocks from the historic Mt. Tabor Park, Courtyard at Mt. Tabor sits on nearly 9 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The highly trained staff encourages individuality and stimulation in a fun, engaging environment, and its person-centric Generations memory care community includes signature programs to highlight each resident’s abilities. Residents have access to 24/7 care staff, secured outdoor courtyards, abundant amenities and ample recreational, social and educational activities in the Park Generations and Pavilion Generations memory care communities.
- Art, music and pet therapy to help decrease agitation
- Four full-time activity staff members offering 20+ activities daily
Summerplace Assisted Living & Memory Care
Summerplace made our top 10 list because of its award-winning Expressions memory care program, which received the Innovator Award from the International Council on Active Aging. Designed to keep everyone active and engaged, Expressions uses innovative care techniques and life enrichment programming to help memory care residents live happy, productive lives in a safe environment where they’re treated with dignity and respect. Daily activities are intended to nurture the mind, body, heart and soul and provide creative outlets through arts, exercise, food, spirituality and learning.
- Mind Masters Cognitive Stimulation Program to maintain or improve memory, cognitive ability and reaction time with certified instructors
- Energize Exercise and Fall Reduction Program to increase strength and flexibility while improving balance
St. Andrews Memory Care
We recommend the award-winning St. Andrews community in southeast Portland because it specializes in memory care. Its memory care program includes various life enrichment activities and therapies focused on slowing the memory loss process by engaging cognitive functions. Dementia-specific activities, such as scrapbooking and memory boxes are combined with individual and group activities, including cooking, gardening and reminiscing. Residents also take part in indoor and outdoor therapeutic activities, animal therapy, creative art and music activities, various exercise programs and scheduled outings for an active, fulfilling lifestyle.
- Two acres of secure, beautiful gardens with courtyards, patios, walking paths and benches for relaxing
- 24-hour staff trained and certified in Alzheimer’s and dementia care
Tabor Crest Residential Care
Located in the heart of Portland, Tabor Crest rates high on our list because it’s one of Portland’s most established memory care communities and has been a provider of choice for decades. Its Life Journey’s programming offers research-based care, services and activities designed specifically for those living with dementia and tailored to individual interests. Staff members have dementia-specific training and provide residents with personalized attention and flexible care plans to promote aging in place. Carefully designed spaces provide a homelike setting in a safe, nurturing environment full of opportunities for meaningful engagement.
- Menus with signature local dishes and made-from-scratch entrees
- Health and wellness programs based on varying levels of need encourage active lifestyles
Regency Park Assisted Living
Located in the West Hills of Portland, Regency Park Assisted Living has 30 years of experience providing expert care and services to its residents and their families. Its comprehensive memory care program offers personalized assistance and activities designed to gently challenge cognitive abilities while reducing confusion and stress. The safe, homelike environment includes special amenities to promote memory stimulation with a Best Friends approach to dementia. Specially trained and experienced memory care teams, including 24-hour licensed nursing staff, ensure each resident’s needs are met.
- Family support group meetings and education programs
- EverFit program includes brain fitness for cognitive health and physical fitness to improve balance and strengthen the body and heart
The Ackerly at Timberland
Just minutes from downtown Portland, The Ackerly at Timberland is in the heart of the Cedar Mill neighborhood and close to world-class health care facilities. It offers a modern, yet warm and inviting community that makes residents feel right at home. Its innovative and holistic approach to memory care, called Opal, is structured around seven Pillars of Wellness. These customizable pillars cover the physical, emotional and spiritual, social, creative and artistic, experimental, therapeutic, and sensory aspects that help ensure residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia lead meaningful lives.
- Dementia-friendly menus and room designs
- Eldergrow (horticulture therapy), Art Now (art and music therapy) and Brain Fitness
Situated on 2.5 acres in north Portland’s historic St. Johns area, Harvest Homes has a tranquil atmosphere that makes residents feel at home. By creating a structured, low stimulus environment in its memory care community called The Garden, Harvest Homes effectively supports residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia and all forms of memory loss. Specially trained staff members encourage residents to participate in daily activities based on their individual abilities to enhance self-esteem and quality of life.
- Secured living areas with secure access to covered deck and courtyard
- Three nutritious home-style meals served daily in an atrium-like dining room where residents can view birds and wildlife
Fieldstone Cornell Landing
Surrounded by several nature parks, Fieldstone Cornell Landing is near downtown Portland and many health care facilities. Residents enjoy beautiful skyline views and the coastal range on clear days. Memory care residents receive specialized, round-the-clock care from dedicated staff and participate in life enrichment programs that promote physical, sensory and cognitive development. Programs also support the social, spiritual and intellectual well-being of each resident with opportunities for engagement, scheduled outings and enrichment through music therapy, aromatherapy and various amenities and activities.
- LifeLoop interactive website connects residents with their loved ones
- Homemade chef-prepared meals and 24/7 availability of food and beverage
Emerson House was built in 1999 to specifically serve the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory or cognitive impairments. Its person-centered approach to memory care ensures all services are delivered in a way that respects the resident’s preferences, abilities and life experiences. Residents enjoy customized memory care plans with activities for the mind, body and spirit, including outings, exercise, social events, games, gardening, as well as art, music, horticultural and pet therapies. Specially trained staff provide 24/7 supervision to prevent wandering and furnish comprehensive personal and health care.
- Secured, inviting outdoor garden and verandas to enjoy nature
- Delicious seasonal menus designed to meet dietary needs while stimulating appetite
Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care
Located just 8 miles west of Portland, Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care in Beaverton offers a charming, safe memory care community dedicated to residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Residents receive personalized care plans following a comprehensive nursing assessment to ensure they get the specialized services they need to keep their minds and bodies active. Services and amenities are specifically designed to meet the unique memory impairment needs of residents, including individual and group activities that offer mental stimulation and social engagement.
- Scheduled transportation for medical appointments and outings
- Diverse schedule of brain games, ice cream and happy hour socials, live performances, sing-alongs, movie, cooking and art classes, etc.