Coordinating every detail keeps disruption to a minimum

by: REVIEW PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Victoria Doyle, admissions coordinator at Rose Linn Care Center, points out a part of the state-of-the-art system that was included in the renovation.At the very least, home renovation projects will disrupt the rhythm of everyday life and cause inconveniences for those living in the home.

Imagine undertaking a renovation project that impacts the living space for 70 residents of a senior care facility and keeping life normal.

“It was a huge undertaking,” said Victoria Doyle, admissions coordinator at the Rose Linn Care Center in West Linn. “But it went pretty seamlessly.”

The renovation project, which included new carpets, vinyl flooring, paint, furniture, remodeling of social spaces and the addition of state of the art technology, began last July when Terri Waldroff purchased the property.

“There is an ever growing demand for superior senior care facilities,” said Waldroff. “Rose Linn Care Center is trying to help meet the growing demand by completely revamping the care center to create an enriched living and care experience.”

She said she received daily feedback on how the residents were doing during the renovation.

“We have 70 vulnerable people here,” said Doyle. “They still needed medicines, meals, baths on time, families ... this was a home remodel times 70.”

The facility offers three levels of care: memory care for those with Alzheimer’s and memory loss, extended care and residential living. The facility is staffed by nursing and certified care givers who provide round-the-clock care for the residents. Keeping the residents’ lives normal was a paramount concern for Waldroff, Doyle and the rest of the staff. Waldroff carefully orchestrated each step of the process.

“The contractors were amazing,” said Doyle. “They were very accommodating to us in every detail. For instance, each bed had to be replaced and where were we going to put 70 beds when they arrived? Switching the beds couldn’t be done in an hour. They rented PODS and stored them there, then moved them as they were able.”

The flooring throughout the facility was changed and each bed was replaced with one with a pressure sensitive mattress. Dining rooms and social areas were updated with new furniture, paints, art and accessories.

“It’s not all about cosmetics, it’s about the quality of care — you can’t have one without the other,” said Doyle. “Terri is a really smart lady. She looked at every detail. This could have been very disruptive for our residents and staff. Success on a project of this size makes a home remodel seem much less daunting.”

Rose Linn Care Center is located at 2330 Debok Road in West Linn. The website is and the phone number is 503-655-0474.

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