Ontario, Oregon Senior Living Community
A Wonderful Active Lifestyle
Many of our residents are from the immediate area, including members from the Foundation Families – people who moved into Ontario two generations ago and established many of the ranches and farms in the area. As a result, our residents share an incredible bond and connection with one another; they have an instant appreciation for their farming and ranching backgrounds and as such, are extremely welcoming and friendly. In fact, many knew each other before moving here, having attended elementary school together and having gone to communities dances and to the same churches as one another. In addition, many of our residents are fairly independent and want an active lifestyle. That’s exactly what they find at Meadowbrook, where there’s always something going on, whether it’s a family party, Valentine’s Day celebration, people engaged in conversation or a barbeque out in our rose garden. Meadowbrook has also recently undergone an extensive refurbishing, with new furnishings, carpet and paint.
Our activities place a big emphasis on family parties, from Christmas dinner to summer barbeques. Meadowbrook has the space to accommodate large groups – and indeed, often our family events attract up to 150 people, including children and even grandchildren. On a day-to-day basis, games are a major source of activity, including bingo and poker. We also have Happy Hour three times a week, during which we walk around with a hospitality cart. Crafts, manicures and our exercise program, held three times each week, are also extremely popular. Chapel services and bible studies are held in our own in-house Chapel, which doubles as our movie theater. And there are always residents joining together to enjoy a quick game of cards, while others may prefer to quietly together to work on a puzzle. One of our two courtyards features a spectacular rose garden, which is tended to by a resident – and enjoyed by all!
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
Meadowbrook is strongly linked with the Veterans Advocacy Group, an independent outside group that periodically comes into our community to support our veterans. For example, on the Fourth of July, they hold recognition programs, during which they will present our veteran residents with special awards and honors. They also help our veterans take full advantage of the benefits to which they are entitled.
Our menu features variety, variety and more variety! Residents love that they are given a choice of two entrees per meal, which include traditions from the local area, like black eyed peas – and lots of meat and potatoes, since that’s what most of our residents are accustomed to having grown up on farms. All of our food is created by world-class dietitians who work for Emeritus. And take it from our Community Relations Director, who has been employed by several other non-Emeritus assisted living communities: “The food at Meadowbrook is the best of any community I’ve ever worked.” We also serve three snacks and beverages each day; in fact, we take our “snack and hydration” carts around to our residents’ rooms, offering them sandwiches, yogurt, cheese and crackers or freshly baked cookies for them to enjoy in their own apartments. This helps with keeping residents hydrated, which can be a big problem, as the thirst drive diminishes with age. Our Dining Services Director can also accommodate some special diets, and we have dining assistants available should a resident need help with their meals.