416 Assisted Living Communities in Oregon
If you have never been to Oregon, a senior looking for assisted living there is about to experience some of the country’s most natural beauty. Much of Oregon's land is covered with the great forests of the Pacific Northwest, and the air in most areas smells faintly of pine and fir trees year-round. These trees are evergreen, so even in the winter snow, the mountains are still covered with dense green foliage. Oregon formally adopted a state flower, the Oregon grape, in 1899, and the western meadowlark became the state bird after 80,000 children voted on it in 1927. Its official nickname, "the Beaver State," isn't necessarily as awe-inspiring as the forested mountains, but the state's unofficial slogans -- "we love dreamers" and "things look different here" -- do a better job of capturing the imagination. Long a destination for pioneers seeking a new life out west, Oregon today has a population of over 4 million people, 17 percent of whom are over 65.
When choosing an assisted living facility in Oregon, it’s useful to note that the lower-lying coastal part of Oregon gets much more rain than the eastern territory. Eugene, for example, is on the western slope of the central divide and gets roughly 46 inches of rain a year. Bend, which is just over the mountains and into the rain shadow to the east, gets just over 11 inches. Seniors in Oregon who are looking into assisted living options thus have their pick of climate zones, from lush coastal littoral scenery that never gets too hot, to dry and semi-arid uplands that can be less taxing on allergies and asthma.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living, also called residential care and sometimes adult foster homes in Oregon, is similar to independent apartment living, but with staff present in the community to provide emergency response and help to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), like dressing and bathing. Staff at assisted living properties may also organize community activities and day trips to local shopping and attractions, though amenities vary by facility.
What Does Assisted Living Cost in Oregon?
In Oregon, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $4,070, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.
Seniors in Oregon pay a median monthly cost of $4,070 for their room and board in an assisted living community. This is higher than the national median of $3,750, though it's more affordable than hiring a home health aide in Oregon, which costs an average of $4,671 a month.
Most of Oregon's biggest cities cluster around the north-south I-5 corridor, and unsurprisingly this is where many of the state's assisted living communities are located. From Medford and Grant's Pass in the south, near the border with California, to Eugene and Salem farther north, to Portland, which is on the Washington border, most of the state's population is within a few miles of the major freeway connecting Seattle with Sacramento.
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Pacifica Senior Living Klamath Falls
West Hills Village Senior Residence
Hearthstone At Murrayhill
Rose Schnitzer Manor
Gilman Park Assisted Living
The Ackerly At Timberland
Elmcroft of Sellwood
The Springs at Tanasbourne
Marquis Piedmont Assisted Living
Laurel Parc At Bethany Village
Brookdale Salem Oregon
Brookdale Mt. Hood
How is Assisted Living Regulated in Oregon?
Oregon regulates its assisted living facilities through the Oregon Department of Human Services. The department publishes guidelines for long-term residential care settings and sets minimum standards for staff training at the properties it licenses. Department officials conduct site inspections to ensure a uniformly high standard of care and to monitor health and safety issues at the site. The department takes comments from seniors and their loved ones who are concerned about specific assisted living communities, and reporting can be done anonymously, if necessary.
How is Assisted Living in Oregon Affected by Laws and Taxes?
Oregon can be an affordable place for aging citizens to live, especially those with a well-planned portfolio to support them financially. The state charges no income tax on Social Security, and there's also no sales tax. This helps keep costs low for seniors who depend on the federal benefit for their income and who shop for themselves.
Oregon is unusual in taxing other kinds of senior income as if they were wages from work. IRA and 401(k) income is subject to the state income tax, and pensions may be taxed at the same level. Seniors who meet certain income requirements may, however, be able to deduct up to a 9 percent credit on their pensions.
Politics in Oregon
Oregon's constitution was adopted in 1859, and it contains several typos nobody has ever corrected. Thus, residents of the state where "things look different" are guaranteed the right to "religeous" freedom, as well as to post bail for some less-serious "offences." In spirit, the state charter recreates the U.S. Constitution fairly closely, except that it can be amended by popular vote, which might explain some of the typos. The document creates a typical three-branched government structure in which the branches are so independent, officials from one aren't allowed to work for either of the others until their terms are up.
Seniors have a lot of options for voting in Oregon. Registering may be done by mail or in person at the DMV, or it can be done online through the state website. Aging citizens can also register to vote at their neighborhood polling place with valid ID, though they may be handed a provisional ballot until their eligibility is verified by election workers. If getting to the polling station is an issue, voters in Oregon can vote by mail or cast an absentee ballot by mail from anywhere in the world.
Oregon has seven votes in the Electoral College, and it spent much of the late 20th and early 21st centuries voting blue in national races. Oregon has a definite lean to the left overall, but like many states, it's sharply divided in politics between a very liberal urban core and very conservative rural counties.
- Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state. From the first pioneers and early farmers to explorers and prospectors, and on to modern former-industrial towns, plenty of people have left their old buildings to the elements in Oregon. Seniors who are up for a day of walking can tour many of the sites, which are generally safe and open to the public. Others require a special pass and guide for safety.
- Until January 2018, Oregon was one of only two states (New Jersey was the other) that outlawed self-serve gas stations. The law was changed in Oregon, which means that drivers may save a bit of money at the pump, but seniors who drive can still get help filling their tanks since the majority of stations still have attendants.
- Many of the world's most exotic species of roses were first grown at Portland's International Rose Test Garden, which is open to the public and has been in continuous operation since 1917. The park offers a free shuttle service for visitors with mobility issues.