Portland, Oregon makes for an excellent retirement city with plenty of assisted living options for seniors, and a fun place for their family and friends to visit. The city boasts a robust public transportation system, mild weather, and excellent hospitals.
Portland has always been a nationwide leader in the eldercare field and continues that trend today. Below are our findings for the best assisted living communities in Portland, Oregon. But first, we weigh up the pros and cons of the city.
What people like about Portland
- As mentioned above, the transportation system only continues to expand. With wide-spread bus system, light-rail transit (MAX) which extends to the Portland International Airport, and the trolleys in the downtown area, you may well be able to get where you want to go without a car.
- Portland has 95 officially recognized neighborhoods, several which include buildings of architectural interest as well as a good deal of hilly climbs, making for enjoyable walks.
- The temperate climate offers the sunniest days and least precipitation of the Pacific Northwest's three largest cities (the other two being Vancouver, BC and Seattle).
- Sporting options abound- walking, skiing, climbing, biking, not to mention numerous public golf courses.
- The hospital system is extensive, including the internationally respected Oregon Health & Science University Hospital which provides care and is also a teaching institution.
- People here eat well, whether they prefer fine dining or something more casual. There's a wealth of coffee shops, cafes, and specialty food stores offering a broad range of foods including menus for those with food allergies.
- Portland takes food seriously; if you want it, you can probably find someone who serves it. The street-food scene is viewed by many as the best in the world, and don't ignore the numerous farmer's markets.
- This city has the most breweries and independently-owned microbreweries of any city on the planet.
- Indoor activities are abundant: with the opera, ballet, modern dance, the Oregon Symphony, and bands of all types, Portland is a music lover's town. Theater-goers can choose between Broadway productions and smaller, local theatrical productions. There's never a shortage of options.
- Major tourist attractions include Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and the Portland Art Museum (considered world-class, it's also relatively small and easily walkable). Want something quirkier? How about Stark's Vacuum Museum, or the Zymoglyphic Museum which is, says the museum website, “the world's only institution devoted to the study and display of art, artifacts, and natural history of the Zymoglyphic region.” You might prefer the Kayak & Canoe Museum in SE Portland. Regardless, there are more to choose from and many are free or offer discounts on specific days.
- As for professional sports, Portland can lay claim to the Trailblazers as well as two soccer teams, both affiliated with Major League Soccer: the Portland Timbers and the Portland Thorns. There's also the Portland International Raceway (PIR) offering nearly nightly races from March through September.
- With over 240 parks – including Forrest Park's 5,000+ acres – it's mighty easy to find a place to walk yourself or your dog.
- For those who care, Portland, and Oregon overall has a reputation for being ecologically-minded.
- The proximity to mountains and beaches, as well as to desert and wine country, adds to Portland's appeal.
Other considerations for Portland
- In 2016, MoneyRates.com rated Portland the second worst place to live if you had to make a living. Even for retirees, though, the fact remains that the cost of living here is only a bit better than that of Hawaii.
- Though it rains more in other parts of the PNW, it does rain, and the number of gray days gets some people down.
- As the city has grown, traffic, which includes many bicyclists, can be stressful.
- There's no NFL team here and, while the town does have some short-season Class-A baseball, it seems unlikely the Portland will be able to support even a minor league baseball team any time soon.
- Oregonians have been hearing, for several years now, to prepare for “the big one,” as in an 8.0 or more earthquake. According to geologists, the state is long overdue for this event, and its citizens (and buildings and bridges) unprepared. Just a warning that, when it comes, the prediction is it will be disastrous.
Best Assisted Living in Portland, Oregon | Who makes the list?
Cherry Blossom Cottage | Portland, Oregon 97216
Cherry Blossom Cottage provides Residential Care and Assisted Living in Portland, Oregon.
Caring – 9 Reviews, Average rating: 4.3
SeniorAdvisor – 23 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
Golden Reviews – 6 reviews – Average rating 5
SeniorHomes – 4 Reviews, Average Rating 4.25
What they liked: Smaller size, “homey” feeling, not institutional at all, beautiful, one level, always clean, outstanding, good value for the money, well taken care of, warm, wonderful people, facility and staff wonderful, staff very attentive, hardworking, very accommodating, all staff from owner to maintenance man friendly and responsible, great nurse, staff always smiling, compassionate, friendly and kind, caring staff, knowledgeable and professional, very patient, can offer one-on-one care, fun and educational activities, garden, like a spa, really good food, lots of [menu] choices, great food, good homecooked meals, food service good, can eat in own room, two movies a week, musical events, large studio apartment, appliances, a/c, spacious studios and one-bedrooms, [living spaces] modern and efficient, public spaces clean and well cared for
What they didn't like: Traditional food for the elderly, activities are basic, needs more activities, long hallways, shower had a step-over entry, more attention should be paid to diabetic blood sugar, bathroom a little small, staff seemed overworked
Hearthstone at Murrayhill | Portland, Oregon 97008
Hearthstone at Murrayhill provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care apartments in Beaverton, an area just west of Portland.
Caring – 10 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorAdvisor – 3 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – 4 Reviews, Average Rating
What they liked: family business, more focused on the people, down to earth, activities, good-sized rooms, courtyards and landscaping are beautiful, memory care unit has a miniature train garden, good sense of community, clean and comfortable, feels like a cruise ship, beautifully decorated, volunteer opportunities, shuttle for shopping and appointments and church, attitude of staff, multiple levels of care, memory care peaceful and staff really invested, conscientious about safety, attention to details in medications, keep family informed, helpful staff, well-maintained facility, great food, family-oriented, dining room very nice, great fresh food, menu extensive, dining area beautiful, food excellent, can eat in room, management quick to resolve issues, residents treated with respect and dignity, registered nurse on site, staff aware of changes in residents, apartment very nice, sitting room and bedroom with bed and dresser, grounds beautiful, gorgeous gardens and pathways, church services and a daily morning devotion, music and art classes, musicians, choirs at different times of the year, bean-bag baseball, card games, crafts. speakers
What they didn't like: high cost, odoriferous, felt disconnected from the community, [not] for older and less mobile residents, meals uninteresting, simple and basic rooms, no pool
Avamere at Bethany | Portland, Oregon 97229
Avamere at Bethany provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care apartments in Portland.
Caring – 7 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor – 4 Reviews, Average Rating 4.6
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – No Reviews
What they liked: cleanliness, clean and fresh smelling, very very bright, very homey, nice views, grounds beautiful and private, lively [atmosphere], atmosphere very happy, activities for residents, pet-friendly, family-oriented environment, upscale, garden area, beautiful grounds, staff checks on residents, [staff] takes extra time with residents, welcoming staff, spacious apartments, 2 bedroom very nice, some [rooms] with balconies, apartments nice and spacious, ice cream parlor, coffee shop, on-site beautician, close to golf course, very good food, separate dining room for memory care, happy hour weekly, memory enhancements, workshops, scrabble, cards, exercise classes, and outings, men's club, happy hour every Friday, afternoon drinks and entertainment
What they didn't like: bland meals, would like to see more activities, staff seem friendly but no trained medical staff on site at the assisted living side, daughter was called to drive resident to emergency care, two-floor setup could pose a problem for some, kind of large/some might get lost
West Hills Village | Portland Oregon 97219
West Hills Village provides Independent Living and Assisted Living apartments in Portland.
Caring – 4 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorAdvisor – 21 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – 6 Reviews, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews – No Reviews
What they liked: feels elegant and sophisticated, pets accepted, very active place, very positive atmosphere, near a lively neighborhood, lovely and happy place, homey, bright, clean and very airy, no hospital smell, rooms are large-sized, view of the woods, “fine dining” lives up to the promise, residents looked happy and upbeat, friendly and caring staff, people are very friendly, caregiving staff seems calm and competent and plentiful ,executive staff always accessible and visible, quick response, dining room wait staff exceptional, best customer service, very helpful, very attentive, extraordinarily compassionate, community outreach to families really good, many opportunities for residents including volunteering in the community, variety of room sizes and options, low turnover, prompt assistance, assistance with showers and meds and escorts to activities, open dining (7am-7pm), food delicious, dining room beautiful, rehab next door, very active place, Parking is good, nice campus, spaciousness here, lighting is good, hallways are wide, done a good job of decorating, community involvement, OASIS offers adult learning, daily fitness, crafts, activities, music a few times a week, happy hour three times a week
What they didn't like: too fancy, a bit too institutional, financial terms could have been made clearer, bigger place and places a resident could get lost, couldn't accommodate special liquid diet, understaffed
Elite Care at Oatfield Estates | Milwaukie Oregon 97267
Elite Care at Oatfield Estates provides an alternative to Assisted Living in Milwaukie, an area southeast of Portland.
Caring – 6 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor – 11 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – 3 Reviews, Average Rating 3.33
GoldenReviews – 6 Reviews, Average Rating 2.95
What they liked: very peaceful, locally owned, LEED certified, location on hill is gorgeous, inclusion of technology, atmosphere congenial, residents encouraged to participate in daily activities like preparing meals, small environment, focus on memory care, unique amenities and features, gardens, large grounds (6.5 acres), accessible walking paths, high-quality food, food is excellent, chef goes out of her way [to see residents eat well, anytime], organic food grown on site, cook everything from scratch, food above average, individualized care, caring staff, [staff] more than helpful, [staff] try hard to individualize care for residents, feels like home, intimate feel, staff works to keep [residents] involved, breathtaking views, quiet location, rooms roomier than any place I saw, ample space, dining area very homey and comfortable, people caring and involved with the residents, rooms are very clean & very spacious, [rooms] well-designed, bingo, poetry, outings, nature walks, group activities, gardening, friendly neighbors
What they didn't like: high cost, turnover in upper management, no Medicaid option, need to improve on [inter-staff] communication, they can easily nickel and dime you, administrators can communicate better, staffing issues, safety and training are shoddy, lack of consistency, hard to get straight answers from management
Russellville Park | Portland Oregon 97216
Russellville Park provides Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care apartments in Portland.
Caring – 17 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor – 45 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – 12 Reviews, Average Rating 4.25
GoldenReviews – 3 Reviews, Average Rating 5
What they liked: modern, pet-friendly, centrally located, very elegant, fancy-looking, a newer building, very lively, light & airy, good value, very safe environment, social stimulation and emotionally & cognitively enriching activities. very clean and well run and efficient, facilities, neat and tidy with wide hallways, integration of facility with the neighborhood, Head Start program onsite, very clean and in good shape, staff is excellent, made preview and move-in process seamless, feels like a safe environment, “wellness” services available, staff very friendly and helpful, staff … communicate well with family, move-in team awesome, staff always well-groomed and considerate, staff interacts with residents & know them by name, make residents feel special, staff work well with residents and their doctors, courteous, good-sized apartments, apartment layout good with plenty of storage, rooms well designed, spacious 2 bedroom apartments, one bedroom apartment with full kitchen, apartment has large patio overlooks a lovely garden, huge deck, relaxing water feature, MAX Station is across the street, several restaurants [nearby], [onsite] food is scrumptious, food is fine, wide choice of food, wait staff is nice, no assigned seating, meal ticket plan makes good sense, three dining areas to choose from [including] 2 cafeteria-style, order off a menu or [select] the daily special, 2 or 3 buses to go to all different kinds of places, [onsite] movies, Bingo, arts and crafts, wood shop, “meet your neighbor” evenings, swimming pool, gym, in-house bank, salon (open to public), offer transportation to appointments within limited radius, assisted living packages, separate rooms for family parties and special meals
What they didn't like: food, not much choice [on menu], very expensive, lack of transparency of costs, not enough parking, high cost, huge complex, [onsite] restaurants too far apart, have to cross street to get to some of the facilities, sketchy neighborhood, near MAX station, facility nice inside but a lot of high-rises around it, could use more art activities and guest speakers, bad parking, need more staff, [inconsistent] communication between staff, most of time care is good but you have to keep after them, lag-time between residents' requests for help and staff response, understaffed
Brookdale Park Place Tigard | Portland, Oregon 97223
Brookdale Park Place Tigard provides Assisted Living apartments in Portland.
Caring – 11 Reviews, Average Rating 4.1
SeniorAdvisor – 13 Reviews, Average Rating 3.5
SeniorHomes – 1 Review, Average Rating 3
GoldenReviews – No Reviews
What they liked: facility is neat and clean, pretty small, good value for the money, nice little pond, good safety plan, very friendly staff, attentive [staff], family-oriented, seem very caring and very interested in residents, numerous activities, “old school” diner, dining area elegant, great food, food very good, large variety [menu], good-sized menu with those with special diets, near park with walking paths, nice grounds for walking, ice cream socials, game and movie nights, housekeeping team [does] amazing job at maintaining lobby, always enough parking, near Washington Square, across from Metzger Park, [apartments] good-sized and very nice, bingo, other activities
What they didn't like: felt lonely, juice bar not running 24 hrs/ day, needs improvement in cleanliness, limited parking, 3 stories but only one elevator, overwhelming smell of urine in one hallway, dining room very dark, facility too big, believed they did not offer 24-hour care, they don't clean rooms as often as they claimed they would, food marginal, a bit run down, very small rooms, limited activities
Pacifica Senior Living Calaroga Terrace | Portland Oregon 97232
Calaroga Terrace provides Independent and Assisted Living in Portland.
Caring – 5 Reviews, Average Rating 3.8
SeniorAdvisor – 53 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – 4 Reviews, Average Rating 4.25
GoldenReviews – 5 Reviews, Average Rating 4.77
What they liked: gorgeous facility, well organized, service excellent, mood is outstanding, a lot of diversity, clean, clean facilities, immaculate, food, beautiful big dining room, dining room on each floor, gorgeous views, close proximity to downtown Portland, unbeatable urban location, facility support of broader community, beautiful setting, location, walk to Lloyd Center, near MAX station, near Portland tram, town car service, large common areas, building older but very solid-feeling, friendly staff and residents, family-oriented community, residents look happy and engaged, amazing staff, staff courteous, 24-hr nursing supervision, physical therapy, executive director warm & compassionate, wonderful for respite care and so reasonable, near public transportation, nice rooms and dining areas, library, the staff was friendly and courteous, staff knowledgeable and sociable, paperwork went very smoothly, dining area looked pretty good, food offerings were generous and convenient, special event food always great, menu looked pretty good, apartments very nice, bathrooms with glass tile accents, [kitchens have] nice counters and floors, some [apartments] had nice views of the city, apartment with two patios, Easter brunch as good as any hotel/restaurant in Portland, fantastic Christmas party, a lot of activities, great music, sewing, playing games,[Seniors] were working in [onsite] store
What they didn't like: only problem is inconsistent food quality, food could be hotter, no kitchens in apartments, elevators, railings on apartment balcony, age of building, nursing concerns, too big for resident with mobility issues, high-rise living, no handrails in halls, elevators felt small especially if shared with someone using a mobility device, understaffed, not always wheel-chair friendly, care and billing issues, lack of responsiveness to emails and phone calls, good wait staff but definite disconnect in the kitchen, services just aren't there
Courtyard at Mt. Tabor | Portland Oregon 97206
Courtyard at Mt. Tabor provides Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care apartments in Portland.
Caring – 13 Reviews, Average Rating 4.2
SeniorAdvisor – 23 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews – No Reviews
What they liked: activities, view, friendly staff, staff wonderful, assessment process, get to know potential resident [and this person's needs] before touring them, staff available for questions and concerns, whole facility was very nice, luxurious, feels very safe, beautiful campus, gorgeous, clean & attractive, atmosphere tranquil, atmosphere very busy, staff was great & very informative, [staff] very friendly and nice, friendliest and least institutional [of places they'd looked at], food served restaurant style, food was excellent, dining room very nice, good variety on their menu, [menu had] a lot of choices, can eat whenever they want, nice buildings, spacious, very clean, no smell, cheery, active peer group, grounds were neat, everything was clean and attractive, very homey, pretty modern, staff very attentive, hands-on personal approach to residents, know residents by name, staff very knowledgeable and very positive, really good variety of activities, concerts, exercise classes, tai chi, bingo, a lot of games, champagne bingo, Bunco and Yahtzee and Skip Bo, sing-a-longs, [onsite] movie theatre, shopping trips, library, book groups, grounds were quite lovely & well taken care of, next to Mt. Tabor Park, they take residents to medical appointments, occasional trips to the coast or wine country or [other] places, different apartment sizes and large, studio, one bedroom, even one bedroom apartment had balcony, no problems with laundry, hallways had nice carpeting and color, artwork on walls, nice common spaces
What they didn't like: overselling regardless of care needs, cost, outdoor area not very big, [facility] too big for some, no crafts, independent living quarters extremely small, very expensive, rooms small, inflexible eating schedule, laundry can be confusing, food could be improved – the recipes, visitor parking can be a little tight on holidays, assigned seating for meals, some rooms overlooking parking lot, activities not interesting, onsite lacks much walking opportunity with those with walkers and such
The Springs at Tanasbourne | Hillsboro Oregon 97006
The Springs at Tanasbourne provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care apartments in Hillsboro, an area just west of Portland.
Caring – 8 Reviews, Average Rating 3.9
SeniorAdvisor – 9 Reviews, Average Rating 3.5
SeniorHomes – No reviews
GoldenReviews – No reviews
What they liked: beautiful facility, gorgeous, well-kept, clean, modern, upscale, in good shape, like a cruise ship, no foul odors, supportive staff, staff was very helpful & kind, professional, attentive, genuine compassion and caring, concierge service, movie theater, indoor pool, putting green, personal storage areas, a gym, a barber, a beauty shop, gift store, all kinds of large recreational areas, billiards, lots of outdoor living, restaurant dining, can order a glass of wine or a drink [with dinner], a separate pub, separate bistro, men's group, park next door, shopping next door, apartments the right size and well laid out, laundry done for resident or resident can do own, Whole Foods across the street, restaurants nearby, rooms with full kitchen
What they didn't like: high cost, large facility, long hallways, décor very dark, not cheery, not much activity