Oregon Skilled Nursing Home Care

Finding a nursing home in Oregon can be a necessary step for many seniors looking for extended around-the-clock care. Skilled nursing services cover everything from managing medications to assistance with daily activities like bathing and dressing, but can be tailored to your specific needs. With 144 nursing homes and skilled nursing communities in Oregon, finding a location that works for you is only a few clicks away!

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Skilled Nursing Homes in Oregon – Cost Comparison

City Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Monthly Median
Bend $5,935 $7,665 $6,540
Eugene $6,540 $7,850 $7,365
Hillsboro $6,540 $9,125 $7,425
Portland $6,540 $9,125 $7,425
Salem $6,935 $7,910 $7,150

Nursing homes and skilled nursing community costs in Oregon are higher than the national average. The median annual cost of a private room is $102,018 with semi-private living quarters around $95,904. In order to find the best option for your loved, we recommend shopping around if you’re not opposed to relocating to a new city.

If you need more information regarding nursing home care costs in Oregon, check out Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey.

Recreation & Attractions in Oregon

Oregon is full of natural beauty with beaches, resorts, parks, and more. A visit to Crater Lake National Park will offer scenic views that you cannot see anywhere else. The lake is a deep blue color and is almost perfectly circular. The reason behind this is because it used to be the caldera of the extinct volcano, Mount Mazama.

Senior Centers also offer a wide range of activities within the community and neighboring facilities. Portland’s 2016 guide details the possible experiences you can enjoy throughout the city. These centers can be a great way to connect with others and take advantage of health and wellness opportunities.

Oregon’s Climate, Geography, & Culture

Thanks to the early European-American pioneers in the 1840’s to 80’s, Oregon has since become a state of wonder for outdoor enthusiasts young and old. Oregon is one of the most progressive states in the United States and has strict environmental policies. The state is no stranger to controversial regulation and has laws legalizing marijuana and assisted suicide. People in Oregon are friendly and happy and genuinely enjoy outdoor recreation.

Located in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Washington, Idaho, California, and Nevada. The Pacific Ocean greatly affects the state’s climate. Oregon is known for the high amount of rain it gets each year. Some places in the state get up to 200 inches of rain per year! The state also gets a large amount of snowfall, but since most people that live in the state are in Willamette Valley, which has mild winters with light snowfall, people tend to think that Oregon doesn’t get much snow.

During the summer months, you can expect July average high temperatures in the 80 degrees Fahrenheit range throughout most of the state, but it is cooler in elevated regions. Winter brings cool weather with temperatures in the upper-40 degree range. It is rare to experience extreme temperature in Oregon, no matter the season.

Oregon’s Nursing Home Regulations & Laws

Oregon nursing homes are regulated by the Department of Human Services, Seniors and People with Disabilities Division (DHS/SPD), and the Oregon Health Licensing Agency/Nursing Home Administration Board (OHLA/NHAB). These agencies are responsible for making sure nursing homes are compliant with all quality of care standards. Oregon nursing homes’ primary focus is to make sure that residents have a high quality of life, dignity, and the physical care they need.

Crime & Safety in Oregon

Oregon’s crime rates are quite average compared to the national median. Even though property crimes are slightly higher than the rest of the country, Oregon’s violent crimes are well below that rate. Choosing a safe community for your long-term care option is a good decision to help keep you or your elderly loved one from running into trouble. Below are some of the safest cities found throughout Oregon:

LocationViolent Crimes Per 1,000 ResidentsProperty Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Brookings0.328.71
Hubbard1.258.74
West Linn0.2310.84
Scappoose1.6512.28

(Source: safewise.com)

Payment Options for Oregon Skilled Nursing Care

Paying for skilled nursing care is often very expensive. Since programs like Medicare and private insurance policies rarely cover even a fraction of the cost of nursing home care in Oregon, many turn to Medicaid for assistance. In order to qualify for Medicaid in Oregon, residents must not make more than $1,737 a month in income and must have less than $2,000 in countable assets. Additionally, nursing home care must be deemed medically necessary by your physician or doctor in order to maintain coverage.

Senior & Elderly Rights for Oregon Nursing Home Care

As a resident of an Oregon nursing home, you still have the rights that are afforded to you as a citizen and resident of the United States. The Constitution and Bill of Rights guarantee that your freedoms, privacy, and ability to act autonomously are preserved while receiving care. Residents have the right to manage their personal and financial affairs and air grievances. If these rights are violated, don’t hesitate to contact a legal advisor familiar with senior law.

Oregon Nursing Homes: Medical Record Rules & Regulations

Residents receiving nursing home care or any other type of medical attention in Oregon are entitled to a comprehensive and accurate record of their diagnosis and treatment. State and federal laws provide that residents have access to their records and health information, as well as the right to know when disclosures have been made. Otherwise, these records are to remain confidential for up to 21 years and can be accessed by submitting a request and providing a small fee.

Luckily, you don’t have to be a pioneer to embark on the trail toward finding a quality long-term care option in Oregon. With the right information and support, the transition to a nursing home can be a positive experience for you and your senior!

Finding the perfect senior care community is only part of making your loved one’s senior living transition smooth. At SeniorCaring, we know that it is also equally important to be aware of what other community services and resources are available to your family’s senior. Choose your location and find local resources for your senior.