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Way More Than Your Grandmother’s Nursing Home

more than just a homeRecently I’ve read several articles about senior living and the author talks about the Nursing Home. There’s no mention of independent and assisted living communities… Continue reading

Exit Seeking Leads to Emergency Move

Dorothy, 86, moved to Portland to be near her daughter. She had lived alone in her own home for the last 10 years since her husband passed but was in Eastern Washington and her daughter worried about her being so far away. Her daughter on her own found her a very nice apartment in an independent living community. Dorothy had a full kitchen so she could continue to cook for herself if she wanted but three meals a day were provided in the dining room. It was the perfect scenario for Dorothy to remain independent but have the support from the community and her daughter when needed... What her daughter didn’t realize was Dorothy had severe memory impairment. Dorothy was able to have very nice conversations with her daughter on the phone and she was fine for short visits. The ability to mask memory impairment short term is common. Family often doesn’t realize how severe the issues are until something dangerous happens. Continue reading

Move to Independent Living Community Brings Relief to Family

Fred and Mary lived next door to their son and daughter in law. As they aged their son and daughter in law started doing more and more around the house for them. It started with mowing the lawn and within a few years it had escalated to cleaning, shopping, laundry and bringing three meals a day as they noticed Fred and Mary were not cooking meals for themselves. The few times had tried cooking there were signs that it didn't go well such as burned potholders on the stove, ovens left on all day and half eaten food on dirty plates in the sink...We met with the daughter in law who was exhausted from the stress of being a family caregiver. She didn't know what to do but knew something needed to change and quickly. We talked about what Fred and Mary might need, what they would want in an ideal retirement living situation, where they would want to live and how much they could afford to pay. We decided the best option would be to live in an independent living community that had assisted living too. This would give them a place to move when their care needs became greater. We talked about options in the town in which they lived toured the ones that were of interest. We found the perfect room in a building in Beaverton in which many of their friends also lived. Continue reading

Downsizing to Independent Living

Mrs. M is an 87 year-old, active widowed woman. She enjoys traveling, playing cards, and socializing. But her home was located far from her family, and it was becoming more and more a chore for to take care of it. The family had a meeting, and decided to look into moving Mrs. M to Beaverton, Oregon to be closer to her family and give her a sense of security and socialization that she was missing in her home... They called Right Fit on the recommendation of a friend. I met with the family and discussed Mrs. M's wants and needs, what their budget was, the ideal location, and the timing of the possible move. After I gathered these details, I found three independent living communities to tour one day, and then another two options for another day. Continue reading

Couple Sell Condo, Move to Independent Living

Mr. and Mrs. R are a lovely couple with a close-knit family. The entire family was involved in the process of helping them decide to move from their 3-story condo to an independent living community. Because they knew that Mr. R's Parkinson's would worsen over the years, they chose a community that also had assisted living on the same campus. They moved into a 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment in a wonderful senior living community that was recently remodeled. The apartment was large enough fit their furnishings nicely, and the activities offered appealed to both of them. After they moved in, they put their condo up for sale and thanks to the great housing market in the Portland area, the condo sold quickly. Continue reading

77 Year-Old with Dementia

Mr. N is a 77 year-old man with moderate to advanced dementia. His family contacted us, looking to move him from another city, to Portland to be closer to his family. Mr. N's wife had recently passed away and he was living in a city with no family members nearby... We initially toured three communities together, some were stand-alone memory care communities, and others had assisted living and/or independent living on the same campus. All of them would meet Mr. N's needs, but his daughter felt most positive about the third community we visited. She went back with her sister to revisit that one, and they put down a deposit to hold the available room. Continue reading

Independent Living for Younger Gentleman

Mr. P is a 58 year old disabled veteran. He was living in an apartment but didn't feel a sense of community there. Being a very social person, he felt confined to his apartment by his disability and having to get in and out of his wheelchair to go anywhere. The apartment complex was all ages, and while he enjoyed hearing the laughter of children at play, what Mr. P really wanted was to live with people closer to his own age. He's considered young by Independent Living standards, but he has always related well to people older than himself. Mr. P contacted us to find out what was available in the Portland area that would suit him. His budget wasn't large, so that narrowed our search a bit, and we were glad he was willing to look in all areas of Portland and not limit himself to one particular neighborhood. After gathering pertinent information about him, we discussed three different Independent Living communities which would meet his needs, but in the end, Mr. P only wanted to go see one of them. He was driving, even with his limited mobility, so we decided to meet at the Independent Living community to take a tour. Continue reading
Affiliations & Certifications
Right Fit Senior Living Solutions is a member in good standing with the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce, the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce, Westside Referral Network, Senior Provider Information Network, Metropolitan Senior Network, and Oregon Senior Referral Agency Association where Liz is the President. We are proud that Right Fit Senior Living Solutions has become a Platinum Certified SAGE Care Provider specializing in helping LGBT seniors.