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In recent years, Portland, Oregon, has experienced significant population growth due to many factors, like its stunning scenery and magnetic cultural atmosphere. Local governance has also made many thoughtful environmental efforts that, paired with a beautiful and vibrant atmosphere, bring in people of all ages and backgrounds. Additionally, the city boasts outstanding public transportation.
In this guide, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in one of our 27 in-network independent living communities in Portland. We go over the costs of living and how people pay. You’ll also learn about local benefits for veterans and public assistance to help cover the cost of senior living. The regulations section of this guide outlines standards for independent living on the Oregon and Washington sides of Portland. Listings of communities were pulled from a 10-mile radius from downtown Portland, which includes parts of Vancouver, Washington. Learn all about Portland independent living below.
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The community and activities director is very accommodating to my loved one's requests. The value is good. I think Senior Haven provides high level care. There are patios available off of the resident's rooms. They even hung décor in my loved one's rooms.
I chose the community out of desperation because of immediate availability but it was not a good experience. The caregivers that were steady were excellent but the new and constant rolling over staff were not so good and didn't last long. The food started off good and then changed and declined. i would not recommend this community to other families. I had to be there all the time to stay of top of things for her and make sure she got the care she needed.
We chose this facility because of the amount of care he was able to get here, they had everything here he needed to get better. They have been very good with communication throughout covid. My father loves the staff here and he is very happy with the food. this We have had a very good experience with Prestige Senior Living Riverwood. I would recommend them to others looking.
20 SE 103rd Ave, Portland, OR 97216
I highly recommend Russellville Park. The staff have been attentive and the move in process was efficiently organized. My mom and dad have been warmly welcomed. There have been some minor hiccups as everyone...
Russellville Park Retirement Community, conveniently and centrally located near the I-5 & I-84 corridor of Portland, has beautifully-appointed independent, assisted living and memory care apartments, it's true. But what really sets us apart from other retirement communities is our absolute...
6125 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206
When it comes to the meals and dining service I believe they are working on making that experience before. They have communicated their goals. I believe when they changed their meal plan and heard from...
Courtyard at Mt. Tabor: Comfortable Senior LivingAssisted Living - Immediate OpeningsCourtyard at Mt. Tabor is a senior living community dedicated to providing extraordinary customer service in a luxuriously comfortable, home-like environment. Not part of a large chain, but instead privately...
10606 Southwest Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97219
My mother is blind and hard of hearing. Everyone has been so helpful and kind. The staff makes sure she gets to whatever activities she can enjoy. And check up on her regularly. The facility is so easy to...
Markham House offers luxurious apartment homes in a fun and active retirement community. We are very proud to be managed by Leisure Care, who leads the industry in the development and management of retirement communities that are all about Five-Star Fun. At Markham House we have set colossal...
11939 NE Davis St, Portland, OR 97220
It's a great place. I would recommend to others. We picked this community because of the price, and it was the only one available.
Are you looking to become part of an Affordable thriving, active community full of opportunities to bring new meaning to your lifestyle? Income Restrictions ApplyThe Hazelwood Community Apartments is a vibrant community in NE Portland that offers independent living for people with disabilities...
6140 SW Boundary Street, Portland, OR 97221
The majority of the staff are caring and friendly at Rose Schnitzer Manor. The housekeeping service is good. The meals are excellent, but the turnover of staff is problematic for standing orders. There's a...
At Rose Schnitzer Manor, you’ll join a family of neighbors who love their home. We know because they keep telling their friends! You’ll love our staff, a talented and dedicated team who deliver care with heart. Join a community focused on enriching your journey.Our community is comprised of...
9860 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR 97229
1. Lovely facility - new. 2. Very clean 3. Staff was very friendly 4. My issue with quality of care was that most shits had agency staffing, so they don't know the patients. 5. Food was good 6. [name...
Ciel of Cedar Mill offers both memory care and assisted living services. Our memory care residents receive around-the-clock specialized care, dedicated staff, and access to our life enrichment program designed specifically around our residents’ needs and interests. Our assisted living residents...
3140 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
My MIL was looking for a new community, and we were trying to move her closer to us but she changed her mind because her current community has a large gated dog run. It was great!
10141 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97216
This is a small scale facility but in a lot of ways that's what makes it great. You get more personalized attention and get to know whos taking care of you as well as your fellow "house mates". Things are a...
We are family owned properties that are conveniently located off of Interstate 205 in northeast Portland. Our campus communities offer services and amenities that enhance living. Our goals over the years have been to consistently offer affordable living accommodations, without sacrificing the...
15855 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97236
Better Living Residential Care was really good about communicating the needs of my loved one to me. They had a Thanksgiving dinner for the entire community there and the residents were able to invite their...
5300 NE 82nd Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98662
Overall, we love the place as well as administration and staff. Everyone is very nice and welcoming, including other residents. Each week I go visit him he just has wonderful things to say about the place...
5450 Southwest Erickson Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97005
The grounds at Creekside Village are nice and provide a nice walking path around the building. There is access to the building at multiple points around, so if walking the full path is too much, the...
Creekside Village is an Independent Senior Retirement Community for residents 55 years of age and older located close to Portland in central Beaverton, Oregon. Since 1985, our staff has provided residents with wonderful amenities. We have spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, community and...
4555 Northeast 66th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98661
Having lived in several independent and assisted facilities in this area, Vancouver Pointe rates at the very top Employees are clean, professional, courteous and above all very friendly and helpful. They...
Historic Vancouver Washington sits on the North Bank of the Columbia River; lots of small town charm with the resources of a vibrant metropolitan area. Vancouver Point is conveniently located on a quiet secluded Avenue near SR500 and Andresen Road only about a mile from Van Mall shopping area....
7808 Northeast 51st Street, Vancouver, WA 98662
Mom is very very happy and has not looked back. She was able to participate in activities the first day she was there and the staff made sure to seat her with others at meal times!
Van Mall offers luxurious apartment homes in a fun and active retirement community. We are very proud to be managed by Leisure Care, who leads the industry in the development and management of retirement communities that are all about Five-Star Fun. At Van Mall we have set colossal standards for...
5555 Southeast King Road, Milwaukie, OR 97222
We found Royalton Place and my dad enjoys being there. I visit often (usually two or more times a week) and see all staff addressing the residents by name. It does not feel institutional but more like a...
Our real value lies in the intangibles, such as a feeling of independence, peace of mind, happiness and fulfillment. Three nutritious chef-prepared meals are served each day in the elegantly appointed dining-room. It's a perfect time for socializing with friends and neighbors. Our menu variety...
13303 SE McGillivray Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98683
5 for everything! What I like the most about the Truewood by Merrill, Vancouver community is the friendly residents living here as well as the friendly staff members. I would recommend this community based...
Truewood by Merrill, Vancouver provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment.Nestled within beautifully landscaped grounds in a peaceful corner of Vancouver, Washington, you'll love the tasteful elegance of our facilities while enjoying all the convenience of the nearby...
2610 SE 164th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98683
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The care services and staff provided outstanding service with my dads care. We picked this community because it was close to my dads family,private rooms, the facility was small. Meaning only 50 residents,...
Trustwell Living at Evergreen Place works to meet each resident's unique needs, with quality care and an environment that offers a sense of belonging for our residents, as though they are a member of a family.Our compassionate staff works to help residents maintain their wellbeing, form...
11700 Northeast Angelo Drive, Vancouver, WA 98684
5 for all categories that are listed. Especially appreciate your expertise in recommending appropriate housing options right away. You narrowed down our search to a couple sites that met our expectations on...
Prestige Senior Living Bridgewood is located just East of 205 and South of highway 500 in the Orchards neighborhood of Vancouver, Washington. Opening in 2002 Prestige Bridgewood has 124 apartments of both Independent and Assisted Living apartments, and we do accept Medicaid after a 2 year spend...
415 SE 177th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98683
Our loved one living at Cogir at The Quarry is very happy and very content. Based on the experience we have had so far, we would recommend this community to other families who are looking for a place for...
Cogir at The Quarry is a locally owned community designed to continue your life experience and fulfilling your retirement. The full continuum of senior living options is available providing many choices of amenities, support, and services. From Independent Living, Assisted Living, Enhanced Care,...
7799 Southwest Scholls Ferry Road, Beaverton, OR 97008
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What we like the most about the Holiday Edgewood Downs is the location as well as the people there, they are all very nice. Based on the experience we have had so far, we would recommend this community to...
Edgewood Downs is located in Beaverton, OR and offers independent living, encouraging seniors to live life on their terms. As part of Holiday Retirement, we have 48 years of experience serving Seniors. Guests enjoy the chef-prepared meals and purposeful programs offered daily. The services...
11520 SE Sunnyside Road, Clackamas, OR 97015
Friendly helpful staff, cleanliness, beautiful facility surrounded by trees and a nature walk, dining room has white linen table clothes and fresh cut flowers daily, swimming pool, salon and a bistro that...
Miramont Pointe is an elegant senior living community. Our residents enjoy spacious, unique apartments along with gracious community areas. An on-site bank, beauty salon and spa, indoor pool, scheduled transportation and social and recreational activities are just a few other amenities that make...
12154 SE 114th Ct, Happy Valley, OR 97086
There is plenty of activities. They have movies, poker, a walking club, and all of kinds of things. I picked this community, because of the location, and the value for the money. They offer different types...
11613 SE 7th St, Vancouver, WA 98683
What we like the most about the Cascade Inn community is the apartment, our loved one really likes her apartment. Based on the experience we have had so far, we would recommend this community to other...
Cascade Inn, a Koelsch Community, is nestled in a neighborhood of family homes in Vancouver, WA. with shopping and medical clinics close by. Residents here enjoy a warm, relaxed lifestyle, and extensive social opportunities while having access to gracious amenities.Cascade Inn includes...
8300 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225
Overall our family has had a very positive experience with Regency Park. We appreciate how helpful the management team has been so far. Based on the experience so far, we would recommend this community to...
Regency Park Senior Living is located in the beautiful West Hills of Portland, Oregon. Our community has supported our residents and their families with expert care and services for over 30 years.Regency Park offers residents a community designed with elegance while providing levels of care that...
5500 NE 82nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98662
My answers are compared to her previous facility in Texas. My mother is much more positive about everything at Cogir Glenwood Place than her previous facility. There is a positivity and energy from the...
Cogir of Glenwood Place is an assisted living community located in the beautiful town of Vancouver, Clark County, Washington. Our scenic assisted living community is located in an above average safety location based on recent crime ratings. Vancouver is endowed with diversity of beauty—from sandy...
4017 Southeast Vineyard Road, Milwaukie, OR 97267
The staff members are friendly and very helpful . Our mother has only been there a short time and we have no other experience to compare to so we cannot rate the care services. I am a pescatarian so I find...
Vineyard Place provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Nestled within five stunning, landscaped acres of wooded and manicured grounds, Vineyard Place is just a short drive away from downtown Portland. Our residents are free to enjoy the tranquility of our...
On average, independent living communities in our Portland partner network cost around $3,982 each month. Note that this number includes associated fees and service add-ons that real residents paid in the past twelve months. Additional fees you might encounter in independent living communities may include one-time admission fees, such as community fees. These one-time community fees averaged $2,500 in 2022-2023.
Communities may also have additional monthly fees for add-on services like the following:
Note that some seniors report flexible pricing in reviews among Portland communities.
Overall, costs of living in Portland are 24% higher than the national average. While Oregon doesn’t have sales tax and Washington doesn’t tax pension incomes, housing in Portland is 62% higher than the national average.
The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that of the retirees aged 60+ in the Portland metropolitan area:
Given that, it helps to go into independent living knowing how your state taxes this income. One benefit for seniors on both sides of the state line is that neither Oregon nor Washington tax Social Security benefits. Many seniors choose to live in the Portland suburb of Vancouver, Washington, which has more independent living facilities, better tax benefits for retirees, and an overall cost of living at only 4% higher than the national average. In fact, Vancouver housing is 2% lower than the national average housing cost.
Here are some differences between senior taxation in Oregon and Washington:
The following numbers indicate average baseline costs in the surrounding Portland independent living communities. Please note that add-on expenses aren’t included in the numbers below. The figures are meant to help you compare local area costs.
Most seniors pay for independent living through a variety of public and private funding sources, the same way they might pay for monthly rent or mortgages. This section includes private pay tips and information on veterans benefits to help pay for independent living. We also include tips on navigating the Oregon and Washington Medicaid and Medicare programs to help pay for senior health care services.
Private payment methods Portland seniors often use to cover their independent living costs include income like savings, Social Security benefits, pensions, and investment returns. Depending on your resources, the following options may also be available:
Of the 27 independent living communities in the Portland metro, nine offer assisted living in addition to independent living. Seven offer assisted living and memory care in addition to independent living and 11 offer independent living only.
If an independent living community offers assisted living and/or memory care, they may be subject to regulations for assisted living facilities. Such communities are licensed and regulated by either Oregon’s Community-Based Care team or Washington’s Residential Care Services team, depending on where in the metropolitan area that community is located. Note that the extra regulations may only apply to a facility’s assisted living or memory care wings. If a community offers independent living only, they may only have the local standard apartment regulations.
If an independent living community offers assisted living and memory care services, Community-Based Care and/or Residential Care Services regulate the care that independent living facilities are providing in assisted living or memory care wings. This is to ensure that independent living residents are legally protected from potential mistreatment or neglect.
These rules state that higher-care wings are required to comply with regulations, including but not limited to the following:
Additionally, residents in independent living have the following rights, according to these same regulations:
In independent living communities without assisted living, more general regulations might apply, like the following:
Under these regulations, there are also certain rules that tenants have to follow. These include things like keeping your home sanitary and not disturbing the neighbors.
Under Oregon and Washington law, tenants’ rights protect them against potentially unsafe or unfair conditions. This means that units should meet the following standards, to name a few:
These rights are enforced in Portland by Building and Development Services (BDS); concerns of violations or complaints can be directed to their email address or helpline.
For seniors with disabilities, ADA requirements might include the following:
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In Oregon, long-term care facilities, such as independent living communities, are now required to develop COVID-19 vaccine maintenance programs following completion of statewide vaccine clinics. Additionally, indoor visitation is allowed with some limitations, so long as visitors adhere to the COVID-19 prevention protocols below. Be sure to contact your prospective facility to determine if visitation is allowed.
In Washington, residents or visitors may be required to report suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. You can find the list of notifiable conditions at the Washington Department of Health website.
Vaccinations. Long-term care facilities must develop a vaccine maintenance program to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Masking. Residents and visitors alike must wear masks when a resident is receiving company from outside of the independent living community.
Social distancing. Residents and visitors must maintain 6 feet of distance during external visitation.
Quarantining. Indoor visitation may be limited if a resident is in quarantine, regardless of vaccination status.
Reporting. In Washington, you must report suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 to your local health jurisdiction and to the Residential Care Services Complaint Resolution Unit (CRU).
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The Portland metropolitan area is buzzing with life, charm, and endless things to do in the city’s lovely, rainforest locale. A common theme throughout our partner network of independent living facilities is the effort to create a tranquil, homelike place to land amid everything there is to do and enjoy in the city.
While some independent living facilities aim for a bright and airy indoor environment, others lean more toward coziness and warmth. Common spaces feature elements of the surrounding area, such as rustic wood detailing and botanic greenery. From outdoor gardens and walking paths to indoor residences and common areas, there’s an eye for the small details that make a house feel like a home.
Independent living facilities in the area may create robust activity schedules, with plenty of things for residents to do. Throughout our partner communities in the Portland metro, there’s an undeniable sense of personalization in these efforts. Residents are offered innovative, interest-centered programming and wellness programs. Programs are designed to help seniors explore new or long-enjoyed hobbies, skills, and entertainment.
Of our partner Portland-metro independent living facilities, these were the most common offerings:
Residents in Portland independent living communities love the standard amenities that come in their personal lodgings. Many love the full kitchens present in 70% of independent living communities. Among our partnering facilities, 85% also feature air conditioning in addition to heating elements, readying any abode for cold snaps or heat waves.
For those needing additional accessibility measures, most facilities have accessible showers and ground floor units for easy navigation. Of course, independent living communities are required to make needed modifications according to ADA guidelines. However, in 85% of Portland communities, they’ve anticipated the need and delivered accessible accommodations in advance.
The independent living lifestyle in Portland offers a higher quality of life with lower maintenance and hassle. As such, you’ll find thoughtful details in everything from the care offered to the meal planning and the services available to residents.
For on-site care, most facilities employ 24-hour staff that are available in case of emergencies. Everything from massage therapy to on-site nursing is offered in some facilities, though these care types vary greatly, and it’s always a good idea to check with prospective communities to see if they offer the specific services you’re seeking.
Facility menus prioritize healthy, seasonal favorites for residents, based on local availability and time-tested resident favorites. Of the food options available, these options were most common:
For those who prefer to stay in or cook from the comfort of their own apartments, 78% offer room service and 63% of facilities provide grocery shopping and errands services.
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In Portland, seniors benefit from a wealth of excellent health care options. You’ll find some of the top rated hospital systems in the Portland metro area below.
Nationally ranked in six specialties, OHSU hospital is ranked No. 1 in Portland. The hospital is especially high performing in senior health procedures, such as heart conditions, orthopedics, and pulmonology.
In Portland, 92% of independent living facilities offer complimentary transportation options, while 48% offer transportation at cost. Meanwhile, 81% of independent living communities are strategically located near Portland’s plentiful public transportation options, which include the following:
Portland has an excellent reputation for thoughtful, effective transportation solutions along with a walk-friendly and bike-friendly infrastructure. The scores below are ranked from zero to 100, portraying Portland as one of the West Coast’s most accessible cities.
No fewer than 89% of Portland independent living facilities employ an activity director, so dull moments should be hard to come by for independent living residents. Even so, sometimes it’s just nice to get out and about on your own terms. With the metro’s neighboring national parks and its endless offerings for city adventures on a rainy day, there’s always something to do in Portland.
Local neighborhoods, such as the Pearl District or Hawthorne Boulevard, take shoppers from quaint boutiques to excellent food and beyond. Nationally recognized for its famous offerings, Portland’s open-air arts and crafts market celebrates small businesses at the Portland Saturday Market each weekend. Reading enthusiasts are sure to love Powell’s, a nationally-recognized bookstore celebrated for its fabulous collection of new, used, and rare books.
Portland offers residents many fabulous senior centers by location and common interest. Multnomah County offers a comprehensive list of district senior centers, which provide services such as the following:
Additionally, on the Washington side of Portland’s suburbs, you can find some fantastic 50+ recreational activities through Vancouver’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services website. Marshall and Luepke Community Center in Vancouver also features a computer lab and lending library, in addition to dancing and community presentations for seniors.
Portland undeniably has plenty of attractions to delight all ages. For wildlife adventurers, try the nearby Oregon Zoo. Featuring numerous exhibits from all around the world, this is a great place to take visiting family and grandkids. Additionally, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is another excellent weekend retreat. Featuring regular events and shows to spark curiosity, the museum aims to educate the public on the scientific wonders this world has to offer.
Portland is situated among a wealth of stunning national parks and ecological wonders. Portland residents of all ages often spend their weekends traversing the neighboring national parks, which include the following:
Closer to home, you can spend a tranquil afternoon in the Portland Japanese Garden. The floral and artistic explorations therein offer a serene getaway for when you’re craving a moment of peace and beauty.
The average cost of Independent Living in Portland is 3,247 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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