Memory Care in Vancouver, Washington
This is the promise that the staff at the Stonebridge - and throughout Emeritus Senior Living communities - has shared since our community first opened 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 memory care community.
The Perfect Location
Stonebridge is conveniently located just two blocks from the Vancouver Mall, a quick two-minute drive to Highway 500 and 10 minutes from I-205, the main thoroughfare that connects Vancouver to I-5. Two outstanding hospitals are in the immediate area – Peace Southwest Medical Center and Kaiser Hospital – along with several skilled nursing centers. Pearson’s Air Museum, Clark County Historical Museum, Vancouver Lake Park with its many walking trails and a local fishing reservoir are just a few of the area attractions that residents are able to enjoy. And Beauty abounds! The Cascade Mountains rise in the east and the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is just 30 minutes away.
For visiting family members, there are several hotels and restaurants close to our community – plus, right across the War Veterans Memorial Freeway Bridge, just 15 minutes from our community – is the city of Portland. The cosmopolitan center of Oregon, Portland is a wonderful vacation destination with many restaurants, museum, theater, parks, a major airport and other attractions.
A Wonderful Selection
Residents live in one of two buildings, which are connected by a breezeway. Each building is its own community, providing a smaller, more intimate environment – ideal for people with memory impairments. While residents of all abilities live together, one building provides a quieter environment for residents who have greater difficulty tolerating commotion, while residents in our other building are able to handle a bit more stimulation. Residents from both buildings get together frequently for activities and special events.
Each building offers 30 studios – some private, some shared by residents wishing to take advantage of our affordable Friendship Suite option. All rooms include a wheelchair-accessible bathroom and have been recently updated in light, airy colors. Some studios face our enclosed courtyards.
Residents also have access to several common areas. One of our buildings features a cozy, welcoming lobby area with high-back chairs. The other building has a large kitchen, where meals are prepared. Both offer:
- A dining room for residents living in that building
- Large family room where games are available
- Library with large-screen television
- Plus, each building is built in a circular shape around a secured interior courtyard area, where residents can safely enjoy the out-of-doors.
The front of our community creates a lovely homelike feel – home not just to our residents, but to squirrels, rabbits, birds and other wildlife that residents enjoy feeding. Pathways between the buildings are often used by our residents’ Walking Club.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
Healthcare providers are always welcome at our community. Should we receive a doctor’s order for any type of service, we can make recommendations – or we will work with whomever the resident’s family desires or is covered by their insurance provider. From physical, speech and occupational therapists to hospice care, caregivers provide services right on site, either in the resident’s room or in a common area. Our staff takes care of coordinating all appointments.
Kaiser Hospital also offers a service in which those of their doctors and nurse practitioners who participate make house calls to residents, either on a rotating basis or as needed. In addition, we have outside nurse psychiatrists who come into the community to work with residents as needed, for example, determining appropriate medications or providing counseling to residents exhibiting difficult behaviors. All outside caregivers work closely with our in-house staff of nurses.
Working with residents who have memory impairments, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is rewarding, but also challenging. We pride ourselves on the fact that many caregivers have worked here for several years – some have been with our community for eight-plus years. We believe this longevity – rare for many communities like ours – stems from the passion and commitment our caregivers have for residents. Not surprisingly, we get many thank you cards from family members, who tell us how much they appreciate that we made their loved one’s life more fulfilling and enjoyable.
All staff members, from our Resident Assistants and Resident Care Coordinator to Executive Director, Community Relations Director and full-time Life Enrichment Director, undergo extensive training to work with people with dementia. Moreover, all caregivers are required to have their Certified Nursing Assistant designation and to be certified in dementia and mental health care. We also have a full staff of nurses during the day – and available on call, 24-hours a day.