FAQ From Daughters and Sons About Retirement Living at The Stafford for Their Parents

 Will my mother/father be looked after?

The Stafford is an independent living community.  This means residents live just as they do in their own home.  The difference here is they will have a team of people paying attention to their needs. We’ll provide as little or as much care as they want.  As a team we recognize some of our residents need more help than others.  We have systems in place to help them get settled and oriented.mother and daughter in independent living setting happy

One of the members of the team is our Social Wellness Director whose job is to meet with the new residents and see if there are things they find challenging.  Everything from being sad about moving from their home, the loss of a loved one, not being able to drive any longer or as simple as helping them learn about our wellness program. She will work to find out what’s needed and facilitate solutions.

Each department whether it is our concierge, maintenance, housekeeping, etc is here to make life enjoyable and take away the burdens of home ownership too.  Our Concierge team is the hub of our community and any questions about services can be answered by them.  They’ll get the right person to help them with what they need.

What type of activities do you have?

Our Life Enrichment Director does all the planning for the activities.  She actively works to find out what they are interested in. She organizes events, outings, and parties to name just a few.  Here is a list of some of the activities she’s been planning:

  • Painting classes
  • Outings to plays, Pops Symphony, and local restaurants
  • Writing groups
  • Holiday dinners such as Valentines’ Day, Thanksgiving – All the major holidays are celebrated with a special dinner menu, live music, and fun surprises to make it a special occasion.
  • Complimentary happy hour
  • Movies
  • Book Club
  • Gardening

This is just a sample of the many activities our residents enjoy.

Will he/she be able to easily meet people?

This is a great question, which is answered with a resounding yes.  Our community is independent so we’re not going to knock on their door everyday to come to the wonderful activities but we will offer them many opportunities to make new friends – it’ll be hard to resist. If they’re having trouble meeting new people our Social Wellness Director will be happy to find out what they’re interested in and help facilitate a lunch with some residents, help get them involved in classes and outings or introduce them to residents who have similar interests. She’ll learn about what they like and suggest specific things they can do to enjoy what The Stafford has to offer.

My parent is not very social and I’m worried they won’t participate. What can you do to help?

For some, making new friends and feeling comfortable in new surroundings can be a challenge.

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Our resident Welcome Committee will contact them shortly after they move in.  They’ll introduce themselves and invite them to a luncheon where they can get acquainted.  All they have to do is show up and residents share stories of how they were able adjust and make new friends over a delicious lunch.

Do you have anybody that can help them with exercising?

We have a robust wellness program that offers many different classes and activities to enjoy optimal health.

Classes include:

  • Stretching
  • Group Fitness in the gym
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Walking club

We also offer physical therapy right here on the premises if they have been inactive for a long time or have some physical challenges such as injuries. They’ll get individualized attention from a trained professional who works specifically with seniors to help them get their strength and balance back to a healthy level. From there the exercise classes can be sampled to see which ones would be the right fit.

What about transportation?  What if they need a ride to the doctor?

We have a town car to take them where they need or want to go.

Have a doctor appointment? No problem. Just fill out a transportation request located at the front desk and we’ll take them there and bring them home. There is no charge for this service in Lake Oswego.  Your mom/dad will be given that special kind of attention that’s needed to feel they’re being cared for. Our drivers will get to know your loved one and treat them with the same care and respect you’d expect from a family member.

My mom/dad is forgetful and we’re worried he/she won’t be able to find their way around. What can you do to help?

Our community is designed to have all the “common areas” in the center of the community.  Each of these is easily accessed but should they become disoriented they have several options.  Go to the front desk and ask for help or if that proves challenging we can provide them with a pendant they can use to access help wherever they are in the building, including finding their way to their apartment or one of the common areas until they learn their way around.

How much does it cost?

Cost will depend on the size of the apartment and location. There are so many different floor plans that it’s difficult to give one answer. View our Rates and Floorplans page to see pricing information.

Is there a “Buy In” or “Entrance fee”?

No.  There are no fees.  Just a down payment of $1,500 to be added to the waiting list.  This goes directly to your first month rent when you move in.

What does the housekeeping service include?

Our housekeeping department will schedule a once a week cleaning to include:

  • Changing the sheets (you provide the linens)
  • Vacuuming
  • Cleaning the bathroom, floor, sink, shower, toilet
  • Cleaning the kitchen, counter-tops, floor, sink
  • Take out garbage and recycling

 Can they have the newspaper delivered?

Yes.  The Oregonian can be delivered to their front door every morning as well as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. They need to call the publications to subscribe.

Can they bring their pet?  Are there any restrictions?

All well-behaved pets are welcome.  We know they’re part of the family. There is a one time fee of $600.

What if they don’t want to cook?  Can they have all their meals in the restaurant?

Yes.  They can have as many meals as they like.  Our meal plan is set up as a monthly credit of $325 per person.  Should they go over that credit it gets added to their monthly statement.   Meals are available in the Mélange restaurant from 7am to 8pm or the Overlook Pub and Coffee House  from 8am to 8pm, 7-days-a-week.

Is there any help should she/he need help with medication management or help with things like personal care?

Yes, we have a service that can provide care right in their apartment.  This can be done as little or a much as needed.  Services can be started and stopped depending on needs.

What if mom/dad needs a higher level of care?

We have assisted living here at The Stafford and our residents receive first priority when they need them.

Most people don’t need assisted living which is 24/7 care.  They can get most of their care right in their independent apartment.  However, if the need arises 24/7 care in our assisted living is a great option.

How do I get started?

Call The Stafford Admissions Coordinator at 503-496-3729 and begin the process of finding out if The Stafford is the best fit for your loved one. You can also contact us through our website.