Senior Community for the Deaf
This is the promise that the staff at Chestnut Lane - and throughout Emeritus Senior Living communities - has shared since first opening its doors. It's a simple promise to be compassionate and kind, understanding and respectful - a promise to become extended family to the seniors entrusted in our care and to our residents who have chosen our Gresham, Oregon senior community for the deaf for its active lifestyle.
The Perfect Location
From our fourth-floor dining room, the 11,237-foot Mt. Hood provides a spectacular backdrop for Chestnut Lane, one of only three communities in the United States that caters to the needs of the deaf and deaf/blind. Located in Gresham, our community is within walking distance of the MAX light rail system. MAX travels throughout the greater Portland area, offering a wonderful convenience for our families, many of whom travel here from points all across the United States. With the MAX rail so close by, our families can fly into Portland airport and be at the back door of Chestnut Lane within 25 minutes. And while they are visiting their loved ones, MAX gives them the freedom to easily explore all that the Portland metropolitan area has to offer – all without the expense of having to rent a car.
A Wonderful Place to Live
Chestnut Lane is a special place where the deaf community comes first. When our community was built in 2005, it was specifically designed to enhance and enrich the lives of deaf/deaf blind seniors. Our spacious, open areas provides the visibility residents need to sign to each other from across the room. Our hallways are very wide and offer alcoves that allow for privacy between residents when they are engaged in sign language conversations. Each member of our staff is committed to communicating with residents in sign language – some are deaf themselves. In addition, our community is group oriented – we are one big family that embraces people of all ages and a variety of disabilities, including younger people with cerebral palsy and developmental issues. Yet no disability stops our residents from enjoying life to its fullest. From casino visits and wine tours, to exploring Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, to holiday parties, picnics, weekly bowling and shopping, our residents are always on the go!
Our four-story community offers 70 apartments, including studios and one-bedroom units. Each of our open, spacious apartments provides a wheelchair accessible bathroom, kitchenette, walk-in closet and lots of windows. Apartments on the south side of the building have views of our quiet residential tree-lined street, while those on the north side look out at the MAX train. Residents can either have a video phone in their apartments or we offer a community videophone for their convenience. They can also bring in their own furniture and decorate their apartments any way they wish. After all, it’s their home, not ours! Everyone is on a month-to-month rent; there are no buy-in fees or leases.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
Chestnut Lane has a close relationship with local hospitals and doctors who know and understand the needs of our Deaf residents. We provide local medical providers informational presentations on working with Deaf patients, sign language and the Deaf culture.
Chestnut Lane is proud to be one of Oregon's largest employers for Deaf employees in the state. Some of our Deaf employees commute over an hour each way just to work at Chestnut Lane. We are extremely selective in choosing who will make up our team; only those willingness to be with us for years to come are accepted into the Chestnut family.