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Seniors have many choices when it comes to care

They include independent or assisted-living facilities, adult home care or using in-home service providers


by: BARBARA SHERMAN - ACTIVE ALL DAY LONG - Seniors enjoy a variety of activities all day long at Nea and Roberto Bittar's Crestwood Senior Living adult-care home, and they sometimes attend concerts at a nearby school.In the local area, there are a number of independent as well as assisted-living housing options for seniors in addition to home-based services:

Assisted-living facilities

Avamere at Sherwood, 16500 S.W. Century Drive, Sherwood 97140; for more information, visit www.avamereatsherwood.com or call 503-625-7333.

Emeritus at Park Place, 8445 S.W. Hemlock St., Portland 97223; for more information, visit www.emeritus.com/oregon/portland-assisted-living/emeritus-park-place or call 503-245-8985.

The Springs at Carman Oaks is located at 3800 Carman Drive, Lake Oswego 97035; for more information, visit www.thespringsliving.com or call 503-607-8217.

Woodland Heights Assisted Living, 9355 S.W. McDonald St., Tigard 97224; for more information, visit www.woodlandheightsassistedliving.com or cal 503-684-9696.

Independent-living facilities

Pacific Pointe Retirement Inn, 11777 S.W. Queen Elizabeth St., which also offers personal assistance; for more information, visit www.pacificpointe.net or call 503-684-1008.

Summerfield Retirement Estates, 11205 S.W. Summerfield Drive, Tigard 97224; for more information, visit www.sunshineretirementliving.com/tigard-beaverton-retirement-communities or call 503-214-2059.

Beaverton Lodge, 12900 S.W. 9th St., Beaverton 97005; for more information, visit www.beavertonlodge.com or call 503-646-0635.

In-home service providers

There are a variety of in-home care agencies today, according to Jill Rosenberg, owner of Always at Homecare based in King City.

"Licensing for agencies dictates the type of service they offer," she said. "Agencies that offer personal care such as bathing and dressing and medication reminders or assistance fall under the limited or basic licensure.

"If a client has dementia or a cognitive impairment, he/she should receive services from an intermediate or comprehensive agency. Their license allows them to provide all limited or basic services and also administer medications to clients with dementia.

"In the case of a comprehensive agency, they can also do injections. The key difference is that both intermediate and comprehensive agencies must have a nurse on staff."

Always At Homecare is a comprehensive agency that allows it to oversee medications and other nursing services.

"That is why we can keep residents at Pacific Pointe in place since we provide most of the services that an assisted-living facility provides," Rosenberg said. "Most agencies have a minimum number of hours for accepting a client on service. In a private residence, it is difficult to find an agency that will provide care for less than three or four hours a day.

"In a retirement community like Pacific Pointe, a caregiver is on staff from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and can provide tasks such as medication administration, bathing or dressing assistance without the 'minimum number of hours' as an issue.

"The care is more affordable. Clients who want to remain at home can receive a range of care from a few hours to 24-hour care. The cost is commensurate with the number of hours the caregiver is in the home. Some - who can afford it - find remaining at home the best option."

Always at Homecare Inc. is located at 15405 S.W. 116th Ave., King City 97224; for more information, visit www.alwaysathomecare.com or call 503-431-6750.

Another option is Home Instead Senior Care, which Paul and Lori Hogan founded following Paul's own experience caring for his grandmother for many years, and its Washington County offices offer a wide variety of senior home-care services, resources and support.

The Elderly Companionship Home Helper Services program is based near Hillsboro; and the Personal Services for the Elderly program has offices in Tigard and Hillsboro as do the Alzheimer's care and dementia care programs. Other programs offered throughout Washington County include respite care, hospice care, short-term recovery, outpatient care and veterans care.

Sometimes all that is needed for a senior to remain in his or her own home is a little company or help with daily chores. Others require overnight home care or an escort to doctors' appointments.

Whether seniors need a few hours a week or 24-hour home care, Home Instead Senior Care provides professional caregivers who get to know each client and tailor care for his or her individual needs.

Caregivers are thoroughly screened, extensively trained, insured and bonded, and matched to clients' preferences

Home Instead Inc. has made a commitment to quality care through its proprietary Pursuing Excellence by Advancing Quality program, commissioning J.D. Power and Associates to routinely survey caregivers and clients to ensure consistent delivery of high-quality service.

To learn more about Home Instead Senior Care services, visit www.homeinstead.com/606 or call 503-530-1527.