So here’s the deal. We look at life as a partnership. To get the most out of life, you have responsibilities to yourself and to others. What you are capable of gets bigger, the broader your network. The scope of your life expands with the other lives you touch. Yes, DEFINITELY sometimes it’s work, sometimes it’s play – all of it is growth.

Rose Villa is about the power of community. We really do think the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Even more important, you never know exactly how it’s going to turn out! Life is exciting. And we are IN IT 100%.

Our partnership with you means you can customize the home you live in, use our large and varied number of gathering spaces to pursue your interests and passions, partake in any of the wide array of classes, seminars, performances, or workshops you like, simply spend time in your garden plot in our two-acre community garden, or hang out on our rooftop deck drinking coffee and reading….we’ve designed our community to support the life you want to live, whatever it may be.

And your partnership with us means we expect you to really bring it! An honest all-in attitude, a collaborative approach, genuine curiosity and respect. This is what makes our community something special. It makes it a place you will find true friends, colleagues, kindred spirits, and fellow daredevils.

Who wouldn’t want a full, rich, authentic life?

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Whether you are looking for information about Rose Villa or reading our recent articles, you’ve come to the right place. Rose Villa is regularly featured in local and industry media. If you are a member of the media, please contact Jennifer Werdel, Director of Marketing and Communications.


Rose Villa is honored as one of the Portland Business Journal’s Most Admired Companies in the category of Health Care among 25 distinguished companies. Read More
Rose Villa Wellness Director Rene Swar is featured in Northwest50plus Magazine. Read more
The Oaks at Rose Villa is featured in Builder and Developer Magazine. Read More
The Portland Business Journal highlights Rose Villa being honored by Healthiest Employers of Oregon. Read More
Oregon Home explores Rose Villa neighborhood, The Oaks and other green initiatives. Read More
CEO Vassar Byrd is honored as one of Environments for Aging 2019 Design Champions. See page 28
CEO Vassar Byrd is announced as 2019 winner of Environments for Aging magazine’s Design Champions awards program. Read More
Senior Living News covers The Oaks at Rose Villa, the first Zero Energy Neighborhood in the Portland, OR. Read More
The Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce takes a look at The Oaks. Read the full story here.
CEO Vassar Byrd weighs in on a Missouri senior living community that denied a lesbian couple residency in this op-ed. Read the full column here.
Real Estate report Jon Bell interviews Vassar and Green Hammer about The Oaks, Portland's first net zero energy senior living community. Read the full article here

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KATU photo by Tristan Fortsch

Team Rose Villa joined hundreds of people for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Rose Quarter Commons on August 26. Twenty-six residents, staff, and friends dressed in Rose Villa “red” to walk the 3.26 mile course and raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Rose Villa walked to honor 16 of our friends and neighbors we have lost to this disease. The team raised over $5,600 online and in-person this year! Thank you to everyone who supported the team and the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

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Team Captain Jan Wainscott and Rose Villa employee Sandra Burdeshaw with Senator Ron Wyden at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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The Oaks project is moving along at a great clip. Roofing and windows are being finished up in Buildings D & G. Crews are also finishing up the siding at Building D and will be moving on to Building G very soon. Drywall hanging has begun in Buildings F and E. Painting the exterior of these buildings is likely going to begin very soon.

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                Drywall at The Oaks



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Building B in foreground with A behind.  
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Building D in foreground with C behind.

Over at the North Pocket project site, work is progressing at a good rate as well. Both Buildings A & B are closed up to the weather now. This means that the roofing is in place and that windows and doors are installed with the WRB (weather resistant barrier) in place. Various levels of mechanical, plumbing and electrical (MEP) is continuing.

Building C is scheduled for roofing to be finished up this week. MEP will begin in there very soon. Building D, which just had its trusses set last week, is having the roof sheathing finished up this week. The roofing material will be stocked on the roof with the install beginning as soon as the roofers finish up over at Building C.

There is some site-related work taking place as the buildings progress. Conduits for power are being planned and approved by PGE. Some retaining walls with stairs are in progress as well.


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Roofing on the East Building at Garden Grove continues to be installed. Windows and the WRB for this building are also being installed. Some finishing touches on the inside to attain some inspection approvals are taking place this week. The West Building remains in its foundation stage; and some site work, such as rock install with grading work, is taking place.


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             Building 4D in foreground                                         Building 4G

Progress is good at The Oaks. Building 4F has been stocked with drywall and is awaiting installers to hang it. At Building 4E, insulation is going in and will also have drywall stocked very soon. Building 4D is beginning the insulation stage, and 4G is finishing up on Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) this week. Windows and doors are beginning to be installed on 4G as well. The contractor is maintaining a good schedule.


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The contractor received the trusses for Building D on Monday this week. In between Buildings C & D, and between Buildings A & B, forms are going up for the retaining walls/stairs that will be part of the sidewalk system for this neighborhood. You can see workers forming the giant footings for the retaining walls in the bottom-right photo. MEP work continues in Buildings A & B. Windows are going in at Building B now as well.


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At the Garden Grove project, we have window install at the East Building beginning this week. Work is also continuing on MEP in the East Building. You may also be aware that we have a
contractor working with a small excavator along the sidewalk from apartment 61 to apartment 111. This, too, is part of the Garden Grove project. We are having conduits installed so we can come back at a later date and pull wires for data, communications and fire monitoring. These are the low-voltage systems in the Garden Grove buildings that need to connect to the South Main building, which allows for these new systems to be part of the larger Rose Villa infrastructure. Work should be completed on the conduit installation by end of the week.

The Oaks Neighborhood

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Buildings E & F

In Buildings E & F (pictured above) the insulation began to be installed this week. The roofing and siding is close to completion as well. At Building D, the roofing is being installed and the doors and windows are now in place. The MEP was completed and is ready for insulation. The crew at Building G is finishing up some details of framing, and moisture barrier will be installed next. MEP is progressing in this building.

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Buildings D & G

North Pocket Neighborhood

Building A is the furthest along in the building process as it has the roofing in place, WRB wrap on, windows in place, and the MEP contractors are busy inside of the building. The other three buildings are not quite as far in the process as Building A. Crews at Building D are beginning second floor walls this week.

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Garden Grove Neighborhood

The East Building had some waterproofing and insulation installed last week where the green roofs will be. The West Building had the forms for the foundation pulled with preparations being made for under-slab preparations.


The Heat Goes On

Despite the heat, progress is excellent at The Oaks project site. Here is a run down by building:
Bldg. 4F- (seen here in photo) All MEP work is completed and approved; next will be insulation, followed by drywall. On the exterior, siding and roofing are almost complete, with windows and doors in place.

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Building 4F

Bldg. 4E-All MEP work is completed and awaiting insulation and drywall. Crews are working on siding, and roofing is almost completed. Doors and windows are in place.

Bldg. 4D- MEP is in process in the interior of this building. On the exterior, the moisture barrier is in place, with doors and windows waiting to be installed.

Bldg. 4G- Framing is finished! The moisture barrier on the roof, complete with sheathing, is in place. The moisture barrier will go on exterior walls soon, and the MEP will begin once the crews are finished in 4D.

North Pocket Neighborhood
Bldg. A-MEP is in progress. Windows have been installed, and the exterior weather resistant barrier has been installed as well. The last few gables are being roofed.

Bldg. B-Roofing has started.

Bldg. C- Second-floor walls are being framed and are going up.

Bldg. D- First-floor walls are beginning to be framed-up this week.


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Garden Grove Neighborhood
Over at Garden Grove, the foundation walls were poured last week on the West Building. The forms are being removed this week. In the East Building, there are crews installing the roof membrane in the areas where the green roofs will go. More interior MEP is set to be installed on this building.

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East Building, Garden Grove                      West Building, Garden Grove


Wellness Director Rene’ Swar (left) and CEO Vassar Byrd (right) in Hungary.

Vassar and I were both approached by our Wasabi Paddling Club coach to try out for the Eleventh IDBF (International Dragon Boat Federation) Club World Crew Championships that are being held in Szeged, Hungary, July 17 through July 22. Back in January we started the tryout process, which consisted of an initial fitness test to set our own baselines in both lower-body and upper-body strength exercises. Then a couple of months later we had to retest to see if we had beaten our baseline numbers. We also set a baseline erg time (the erg is the rowing machine that measures cardio fitness) and then competed in an erg time trial in February. Picture over 40 women in one room completing 500 meters at one time. (Sweaty!) Our last time trial was on Vancouver Lake in March with an OC1/OC2 for 500 meters (those are outrigger canoes for one or two people). We had our paddling skills videotaped and also were evaluated on our coachability. Based on all the results, the coaches selected the teams.

Both Vassar and I made the 50-and-over team (Senior B/20-person boat). We also made the 40-and-over team (Senior A/10-person boat). This means we race every day during the World Crew Championships. Our teams are made up of extremely strong women who have been practicing at least five to six hours a week since the beginning of the year, along with participating in weekend training camps for both teams and performing off-water fitness exercises of all kinds. This is my third World Crew Championship and Vassar’s second. Vassar has also been selected twice for the Team USA boat. These people are chosen from qualified paddlers throughout the United States in an Olympic-style competition between national teams, rather than club-based crews. The club-based and national team races alternate each year.

Now, we’re finally in Hungary racing for the Wasabi Paddling Club!


The full Wasabi team before heading to the race site for practice.


Opening ceremonies with a parade of thousands of paddlers lined up by country and club.


Race site in Hungary on Monday, July 16.

 - Rene' Swar, Wellness Director

Each year at the LeadingAge Oregon Spring Conference, awards are presented in three different categories: The Caring Spirit, The Unsung Hero, and The Innovative Program of the Year. Award recipients are initially nominated by their organizations and then voted on by a panel from LeadingAge Oregon.

This year Rose Villa nominated Oscar Guadarrama, a server from our Food & Beverage Department, for the Unsung Hero Award. This award is presented to an individual who “continually exemplifies service and dedi-cation” in his/her profession in a non-resident care capacity.

It is with great pleasure that I share with you that Oscar Guadarrama has been named the 2018 Unsung Hero for LeadingAge Oregon!

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The Rose Villa Foundation Jungle Adventure Auction was a huge success! 235 people gathered for a howlin' evening of wild raffles, silent auction, delicious food, and the most entertaining live auction on the planet!

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With help from our generous sponsors, volunteers, and charitable supporters and residents - we netted over $73,000 for the Rose Villa Foundation! Thank you to everyone who came out for your support. Special shout out to the very talented Auctioneer, Justin Timm, and Master of Ceremony, Stan Jackson.

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Thank you to Evrim Icoz Photography and Naim Hasan Photography for capturing the event.

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Your Rose Villa Operations staff began their monthly site and building walks with the contractor last week. This is a planned orientation for our staff that will be maintaining these buildings to become familiar with them before they are completed. When these buildings open, they will know them inside and out. They will understand the building philosophy behind the Net Zero construction and see the building details that make these buildings unique!


There has been a lot of activity at The Oaks project site this week. Here is a run-down in brief:

- Building 4F: MEP is in process, meaning the electrical, plumbing and heating and cooling are all busy installing equipment. The metal roofing material has been delivered and the roof for this building will begin being installed soon. Some incidental framing is being completed as well.

- Building 4E: Framing is under way and trusses were set on the building Friday.

- Building 4D: Stem wall foundation is in place and the below slab plumbing rough- in has been completed. As of end of week, backfill is underway and preparation to pour the slab on grade will begin. The slab is scheduled to be poured next week.

- Building 4G: Foundation stem walls are being formed up as the week ends. This will be poured next week as well.


We have seen some pretty good progress at the Garden Grove project this week, too! The crews completed framing the first-floor walls (see above). They began setting the floor joists for the second floor (see right). Framing the second-floor walls are set to begin next week. An additional site retaining wall was poured this week on the south side of this building.

Over at the North Pocket this week, we saw the following activity:

- Building A: Foundation and slab are in place and framing is beginning by the end of the week.

- Building B: Under slab plumbing rough-in was completed this week and on Friday the slab was being poured.

- Building C: The footings for this building was poured this week. Foundation wall forms will begin going up next week.

- Building D: Has not started yet.


With the arrival of favorable Spring weather, great progress is being maintained on all three sites. From here on I would anticipate seeing a great deal of progress each week. Please be advised that all three of our project sites are fenced off for a reason. Obviously, it is to keep you safe, but you should also know that both contractors are required to keep their sites safe from the public. OSHA maintains very strict require-ments for them, and if anyone enters these sites without authorization and wearing the approved safety vest, hard hat and boots, the contractor will be severely fined. So, I ask that all Rose Villa residents please keep this in mind and stay on the outside of the fence. The view is just as good out there as inside, and much safer.


In the Net Zero Neigh-borhood, there are updates for many of the buildings and foundations at this site. Building 4F framing is completed and the moisture barrier is in place. In Building 4F, MEP began when fire protection plumbing rough-in completed. Building 4E framing is underway with first floor complete and second floor started. The Building 4D stem wall foundation is in place and below-slab plumbing rough-in will begin next week. The dig out for the foundation of building 4G began on Friday and the trench work along Schroeder Ave. to install underground conduit was completed. Lastly, installation of underground conduit for electrical service at this site was  completed this week.

In the North Pocket Neighborhood, there are several progress items to take note of.  For example, the slab for Building A was poured on Thursday, and the drainage and backfill work began. The plumbing rough-in is progressing on Building B. Crews are completing removal of forms on Building B and setting them around the foundation of Building C.


At the Garden Grove project site, the crews made great progress framing of first floor walls on the east building this week. Additional backfill was done on the east side of the east building and crews formed up a retaining wall on the south side of the east building. The lumber for this project is being stored on the former English Meadow because the Garden Grove area has become too congested. 


That puts a wrap on this week’s update. It appears all the sites are well past the critical stages where weather is not going to impact them as much as it did earlier this year. We are well on our way!                                  

The Oaks Neighborhood

Lots of action over at The Oaks project site this week. Building F has the finishing touches of the vapor membrane being installed as well as some detail framing taking place. The electrician has also been in this building to set all electrical boxes. Framing began this week on Building E, as you can see most of the exterior first floor walls are up. Concrete crews are busy forming up the foundation and slab for Building D as well this week.  Underground work continues on this site as well. More and more conduits are being installed underground to carry the electric, cable and low voltage for this neighborhood. Out in the street near The Oaks, the excavator has been placing conduit as well. On Tuesday, he made one crossing and will be making some other crossings next week, too. Therefore, there will be some traffic interruptions while Schroeder Avenue is closed for a few hours to through traffic.


North Pocket Neighborhood

There was a lot of progress at the North Pocket site. Building A has its foundation in place and plumbers are roughing in the underground piping and backfilling in preparation of pouring the slab floor next week. Building B has its footings in place and crews are setting the forms to pour the walls for that building next week, too. Building C is beginning to get forms set for footings and a short retaining wall. Lastly, the Building D area sits ready for action as it will be the last building to go up.


Garden Grove Neighborhood

At Garden Grove, we have turned the corner because the weather cooperated this week!  The contractor got the slab for the first floor poured. The lumber delivery for Garden Grove showed up the very next day and framers began laying out walls. In the picture above you can see rebar. This is the footing for a secondary retaining wall that will run parallel to Denny Road. This will be poured next week since the forecast is telling us that we will have dry weather for a little while.


This week, the former English Meadow began a big transformation. Like they say, “You can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs.” This will eventually be the site for our new Creative Arts Building but, temporarily, for now, that site will be used to store building materials. When it is built, the Creative Arts Building (The CAB) will have beautiful community spaces, both indoor and out, for all to use.

Until next week...



The Oaks Neighborhood

This week we see the framing on building F wrapping up. A little more framing of interior walls and a delivery of just a few more trusses to complete the roof framing and Green Hammer will be ready to move on to the next building. Next week they will begin installing the thermal wrap on building F. This is a high strength plastic membrane that goes between the roof trusses and the sheeting. This is probably the single most important feature of the Net Zero homes that make them so energy efficient. It really seals up the house from the elements.

The foundation and slab are ready to begin framing next week on building E.

The site contractor (excavator) is continuing the install the many underground conduits that will supply things like the electrical power, fiber optic cabling and the Comcast cables. He is also responsible to install in these ditches pipe for drinking water, waste lines and fire lines. There is a lot of work that takes place before you can actually see a building come to life.


North Pocket Neighborhood

Over at the North Pocket job site there has been some good progress taking place this week. The foundation wall for the “A” building (photo to the left) was poured this week and the crews were busy removing the forms on Friday.

The crews are also beginning to form up the foundation walls for building “B” and forming the footings for building “C” as well.

The next step for building “A” will be the plumbers installing all the rough in piping that has to go in under the slab of the first floor.


Garden Grove Neighborhood

If we head over to the Garden Grove site, you will see that the crews have completed all the work in preparation of pouring the first floor slab. Weather conditions have to be at least dry as this is a finished floor, much like you would see for a garage. The pour was scheduled for Friday, the 13th,  but it had to be called off because of rain. In the picture to the left you see the number of vertical pipes, which are for plumbing purposes. You also see a long white pipe that runs the length of the building down the middle and under the rebar. This is required for Radon ventilation. Of course, as I mentioned, you also see all the reinforcement bars that help give the concrete strength and structure. Then there is the blue plastic you see. That is again a barrier to keep moisture from infiltrating into the home. All this work gets inspected by our friendly county building inspector before the concrete can be poured. This site has been inspected and approved and it is ready for the weather to give us the chance to pour.

Other work taking place at this site is on the other side of the foundation wall. A water proofing membrane is beginning to be installed before the backfill can take place. A highly sophisticated system is being installed to insure these homes stay water tight. This system installation should be completed by Monday next week.

Have a fantastic week.

“Let’s build something Great!”

The American Institute of Architects Award Design for Aging Review awarded Rose Villa the Award of Merit. Read about the honor here. 
Melisse with Scott Edwards Architecture delivers a cart full of plans for our new neighborhoods. We are looking forward to celebrating groundbreaking in December 2017. 

Rose Villa's Wellness Director, Rene' Swar, shares simple and sound tips for balance support in the article Find your Balance: Don't Overlook this Essential Part of Staying Fit.
Rose Villa CEO, Vassar Byrd provides insight into signs that a move might be right for someone. Read the full article here.

The first of its kind in the Portland, Oregon Senior Living marketplace, this neighborhood stands out as the ideal living option for sustainable minded individuals. Rose Villa has partnered with Green Hammer to develop this one of a kind Net Zero energy neighborhood.

The newly planned Net Zero Energy pocket neighborhood will consist of 12 cottage units that will produce as much energy (through the use of solar panels) as they will consume over the course of a year. The residences are organized as triplexes clustered around a central courtyard that features native landscaping, including two heritage oak trees at the heart of the site. Due to the site’s flat topography, each triplex includes two ground floor units and one upper unit served by both a private stair and residential elevator.

We are taking advance reservation deposits on this neighborhood now!

The Garden Grove Neighborhood is situated next to our 2-acre community garden. A prime setting for nature lovers, this neighborhood will be lush with greenery and very private. These homes will have fantastic views!

This neighborhood has ten homes in two buildings. There is one duplex on the west side of the property, which is one level and has sweeping views of the community garden. The height of this building allows for the remaining homes in the easternmost building on the property to access beautiful views. The sloping terrain of the property presents the opportunity to build into the slope much like the Phase 1 Pocket Neighborhood Cottages. The first floor will be ground level with entrances and porches facing west. The second floor will have entrances facing east and balconies facing westerly. The top floor has two premier homes accessed by an elevator or stairs and both with amazing outdoor living spaces with spectacular views.

We are taking reservation deposits for the Garden Grove neighborhood now!
Rose Villa was featured in the publication Facility Executive, highlighting connection to community as a major decision factor for seniors looking for a Life Plan Community.

From the text:
Active seniors want pedestrian-friendly senior living communities such as Rose Villa in Portland, OR, which not only provide areas for physical exercise, but also venues that encourage social contact with others. Walking paths with places to sit and gather are becoming more common, as are outdoor gardens and landscaping.

Read the full article here.
The North Pocket Neighborhood is an extension of the Phase 1 Pocket Neighborhood. Influenced by the original design, this neighborhood is comprised of eighteen homes ranging from 1000 to 1700 square feet. In the spirit of the pocket neighborhood design, these homes are clustered around a beautiful garden setting just a short distance away from Main Street. 

Each home will have its own personal garden space and have views to the west, overlooking community and to the Willamette River. While each building is two floors, the homes are one level, creating the opportunity for balconies on the 2nd floor. No elevators needed here! The terrain of the property allows for ground level entry no matter which home you choose. Come see the unique design for yourself in our Phase 1 Pocket Neighborhood. 

We are taking advanced deposits for this neighborhood now!
Rose Villa Resident, Zoe Taylor, shares her experience of living minimally and living comfortably in a vibrant community. 

Read the full article here.
Jeanette Schuster with Tonkon Torp Attorneys offers insight into Rose Villa's Phase 2 construction project. Read the article here.
Environments for Aging Magazine profiles Rose Villa's innovative design and classic village concept. Read all about the long-standing community and recent renovation project here.

The April 23, 2017 edition of The Oregonian featured an article in print and also online, which serves to shed light on the information found on the Oregon Department of Human Services website regarding long-term care facilities. Rose Villa’s Intermediate Care Facility (ICF), Madrona Grove, is regulated by the State of Oregon as well as the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Rose Villa is a 5-star community, which reflects excellence in our annual health and fire inspections (conducted by Oregon State Surveyors and reported to CMS), staffing levels, and quality of care.  We fully support the goals of transparency and consumer access to meaningful information. The information compiled by the Oregonian about Rose Villa's record is largely based on self-reports and weights only the number of reports without regard for scope or severity of each instance. We stand by the quality of care and quality of life we afford to the residents who call Rose Villa home. 

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Environments for Aging recognizes Rose Villa's Redevelopment with the Design Showcase Award of Merit for a built project. Read about the award here. 
U.S. News and World Report writer Maryalene LaPonsie shares perspectives on making the adjustment of moving to a Life Plan Community. Rose Villa's CEO, Vassar Byrd shares her insight. Read the full article here.
Rose Villa and construction partner R&H Construction became Blue Zones certified in 2017. At Rose Villa, employee wellness is is supported by Wellness Director, Rene' Swar and the Well-Being committee with activities like mid-day stretch breaks, walking groups, employee circuit training class, and fitness challenges. 
Read more here.
Rose Villa's reconstruction project was selected as a nominee and finalist by the Daily Journal of Commerce for its Top Projects 2017 award. Read about the Top Projects Awards here.

The Opening Minds through Art program at Rose Villa is more than an arts and crafts program at a senior community. This intergenerational art group for people with dementia is giving Rose Villa's 10 resident artists a professional-quality art experience, and is allowing volunteers to build one-on-one relationships with those artists.
Read the full article by Ellen Spitaleri here.
Opening Minds through Art is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. Rose Villa Senior Living is the first and currently only Portland-area retirement community to hold these classes staffed by volunteers who go through five hours of training before meeting the artists.
Learn more about the Opening Minds Through Art program here.
Rose Villa is nominated for Senior Housing News Architecture and Design Awards.
View nomination here.
In six states, most people retire by age 62. In nine states, it's 65. Here's what's behind those differences.
Read more here.
Rose Villa Senior Living, located just outside of Portland, Oregon, has made a point of welcoming LGBT elders. The community, which offers independent and assisted living, also has a nursing home on site.
Learn how Rose Villa is changing the landscape of staff training.

Partners Edwin Fisher, 86, and Patrick Mizelle, 64, moved to Rose Villa in Portland, Oregon, from from Georgia about three years ago. Fisher and Mizelle worried residents of senior living communities in Georgia wouldn’t accept their gay lifestyle. (Anna Gorman/KHN)
Learn more about their story here.

They are all so diverse, yet they have one thing in common; they are the world's best places to live! View the list here (hint: scroll to #5!)
The weather was perfect on Aug. 23 and smiles were the order of the day as Rose Villa Senior Living CEO Vassar Byrd cut the big red ribbon and welcomed everyone to the grand reopening of the senior community.
Learn more about the celebration here.

The theater company wins because Rose Villa’s new Performing Arts Center provides the community theater group with a new venue, said Marchant, NCP’s artistic director.
Rose Villa wins because its residents don’t have to drive to Portland to see plays and musical productions, said Rose Villa CEO Byrd.
And the entire community wins because everyone is welcome to come to Rose Villa, park for free, have a meal, and walk to the theater to see a production.
Learn more about the partnership here.

LeadingAge Magazine writer John Mitchell interviewed Rose Villa CEO, Vassar Byrd and Facilities Director, John Schallberger about how modern technology affects the service delivery in a senior living community. Read More

Food and Beverage Director, Steven Brower, shares his knowledge regarding food sustainability and safety when sourcing food locally.

Read Sustaining the Bottom Line by Dana Moran of FoodService Director Magazine 

Portland is #5 on the list and Rose Villa fits the bill. Writer Charlene Oldham quotes Rose Villa's CEO Vassar: 

“Oregon is a ‘come-as-you-are’ state where you can carve out the life you want to live. We embrace quirky and consider it one of our greatest attributes.” “Our world-class wine region, beautiful mountains, easy ocean access and lack of sales tax make Oregon a compelling place to retire.”

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Long-lasting love is in bloom at Rose Villa, where two couples who moved into the community last October met to compare notes about their decades-long marriages.

Meet Elliott & Marina McIntire and James & Carol Carthel.
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Erin Cornell, director of health services at Rose Villa in Portland, Oregon, says many people find themselves scrambling to locate a nursing home after an emergency situation or hospitalization.
Read more about how to make decisions on your schedule.

Balancing Quality of Life with Safety and Risk

Vassar Byrd, Rose Villa CEO, will join a panel of professionals at the Wellspring Conference center on January 11, 2016. Presented by Making Oregon Vital for Elders, the group will explore a variety of perspectives related to maintaining resident independence while ensuring their safety. The group will also discuss innovative ways providers achieve balance with independence and safety.

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Changing the way we care. Rose Villa's CEO, Vassar Byrd, will deliver the keynote address at a January 2016 Contemplative Coference presented by Noraopa University. A nationally recognized speaker and visionary, Ms. Byrd’s leadership with Rose Villa represents a new model for senior living that has integrated a contemplative approach with stunning results—a richer, more nourishing experience for those facing end of life and for those who care for them. Join us for an exciting look at what’s working and what’s possible for the future of contemplative care. The conference will take place at the Boulder, CO University. Read More
Donald Cresap, a B-24 bomber pilot in WWII, was presented the Air Medal on Saturday in Portland. The medal is awarded for meritorious achievement while in aerial flight. U. S. Senator Ron Wyden presented the award to Cresap, saying "Don is joining a very very exclusive club. According to Sen. Wyden, others in the Air Medal club include Buzz Aldrin, John Glenn, former President George Herbert Walker Bush, Clarke Gable, Jimmy Stewart and Chuck Yeager. Read More
Rose Villa's two acre resident-run community garden serves as a significant resource for produce for not only the residents that manage their individual plots and the seasonal farmer's market, but also for the communities restaurants. Residents and staff collaborated on a project to create a sustainable source of fertilizer for the garden and entire 22 acre property. Read More
Rene' Swar, Ros Villa's Wellness Director is Co-Chair of the Portland Community College Technology Fitness Board.  This is a working committee of the top fitness professionals in the tri county area. Rene' states "Our main objective is to work together to ensure that the PCC Fitness Technology program is delivering instruction that is current, up to date, and relevant to current business, industry, labor, and professional employment practices.  This year we will be working on procuring funds for internship scholarships, marketing the program to area gyms and helping to host continuing education workshops".

Rene' Swar is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise.
The finishing touches are being put on our modernized cottages and new residents are starting to move in. The Daily Journal of Commerce shares Rose Villa's latest construction developments. Read More
Kathleen Bauer with Willamette Living magazine featured Rose Villa's Chef KathrynYeoman's in this October/November 2015 issue. Read More
At the Portland Business Journal’s recent roundtable discussion on health policy ( “Mapping reform’s next big road bumps,” Aug. 21), the discussion turned to a huge topic.  Rose Villa CEO met with the Portland Business Journal's Elizabeth Hayes to discuss. Read More
When Rose Villa was built 57 years ago on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River, it probably seemed like the latest and greatest example of senior living. After several generations came and went, the community began to show its age. Join Rose Villa CEO Vassar Byrd, and Portland Business Journal's Elizabeth Hayes as they walk through the extenive remodel of this vibrant, active community. Read More
More seniors are working longer, playing harder and loving every minute of it. Just ask Don and Elsie, who are living life they way they choose and are "having the time of their lives" as residents of Rose Villa. Read More
The all-volunteer program was started in 2013, when a previous social worker at Rose Villa recognized there was a need. Residents who volunteer for the program provide 24/7 care, “at the drop of a hat,” Reid said. Read More
On July 24, the Portland Business Journal gathered a panel of health care experts from all points of the spectrum — insurance, health systems, physicians, senior care, the Oregon Health Authority, a lawmaker, a health economist and a consumer advocate — to discuss healthcare policy and other challenges facing the industry. Rose Villa CEO Vassar Byrd was invited to join this group to weigh in on these issues and to lend her senior provider prospective. Read More

Balancing Quality of Life with Safety and Risk Vassar Byrd, Rose Villa CEO, will join a panel of professionals at the Wellspring Conference center on January 11, 2016. Presented by Making Oregon Vital for Elders, the group will explore a variety of perspectives related to maintaining resident independence while ensuring their safety. The group will also discuss innovative ways providers achieve balance with independence and safety. Read More
The November 23, 2014 Sunday Oregonian Homes section features Rose Villa and how new construction of pocket garden cottages and main street homes enhance the now 54 year old community. Classic cottages dot the landscape, taking full advantage of the 22 acres perched above the Willamette River just south of Portland. New amenities and homes begin opening late in the fall of 2015. Learn how Rose Villa is building a neighborhood so you can find community.
Writer Janet Eastman recently sat down with Don Cresap aka "Mr. Tomato" and Bob Zimmer to talk about the community farmer's market and how their involvement helps the market to flourish. Don and Bob offer unique ideas and friendly smiles while offering produce for sale that benefits the Rose Villa Foundation. Read More
In her quest to identify a senior community that could serve her vegan diet needs, Sue Griffin found herself at Rose Villa. In the following article by Food Day writer Grant Butler, Sue shares her experience with plant based eating and how it changed her life. Read More
Several weeks ago, the excavation project for the aquatics center began to really take shape. As tons of earth was removed from where the Fellowship Hall once stood, just off River Road, a very large, impressive pit revealed what is to be the mechanical "basement" of the planned aquatics center. As the pit was prepared for next steps, excitement grew! Concrete pouring began this week, pushing the project one step closer to the finish line. When complete, the new wellness area will feature a pool, therapy (and fun) features such as a moving river which you can float in or use for resistance, and a water slide. YES! Water slide!
We are exactly one month into the construction phase of the redevelopment project! These are exciting times indeed. As we move through the process of removing buildings and grading the property, the change in landscape has made quite an impact on those driving by or stopping to visit. We hear “where did everybody go?” An understandable question, especially if you approach Rose Villa from the north.
As you drive by the main entrance, what you are seeing is the removal of a large common building as well as a number of homes that were vacant in preparation for this project. The short of it, is that we are still all here! What you can’t see, are the homes that remain to the north and south of the main construction area. These homes sit nestled into the slope of the property leading west toward the river and to our southern property line. Their location makes it difficult or impossible to see them from River Road.
What you will see by approaching Rose Villa from River Rd., is a basement area “giant hole in the ground” being dug to accommodate mechanical equipment like pumps, pipes, and filters for our aquatics facility that will be a major element of our new wellness center. In other words, A POOL!
ACF Pro Chefs Oregon recently held their 5th Annual BBQ Competition at their picnic in Cook Park. Professional and Student level Chef’s brought in 4 teams each to compete for the glory of calling themselves 2014 BBQ champions!

Rose Villa Senior Living’s Executive Chef and event chair, Aaron Guerra, CEC, CDM. CFPP, ACE brought together an awesome group of competitors including students from two major culinary schools: Le Cordon Bleu College and NW Culinary Institute.

Rose Villa is a proud sponsor of this event and of other endeavors Chef Aaron Guerra champions such as The Bite of Oregon in support of Special Olympics.


No two life plan communities are the same. Asking the right questions can help you narrow down your options, make an informed decision, and avoid unwanted surprises down the road. Consider asking the following questions of any CCRC you are evaluating.  You will also find specific questions and answers for Rose Villa.

A Life Plan Community (previously referred to as a CCRC or Continuing Care Retirement Community) offers all the amenities and services of a retirement community, but with the very important advantage of guaranteed access to health services for life—a continuum of care that includes assistive services brought to your Independent Living home by our Avencia Home Care team and 24-hour nursing in our Madrona Grove Supportive Living neighborhood. Life Plan Communities offer both financial and health care security. As your health and needs change, we adapt and support you in the ways you need us to. All of this support and promise is secured by the Rose Villa Foundation, which provides financial security and peace of mind.

Moving to a Life Plan Community like Rose Villa and determining its fit for your personal and financial situation is as individual as you are! We encourage you to speak with a trusted financial advisor. In addition, please contact us if you would like to have our business office conduct a no-obligation financial pre-screening.

One of the benefits of moving to a Life Plan Community is a single monthly fee that covers most of your living. At Rose Villa, your monthly fees cover heating and cooling, internet, basic cable, housekeeping, interior and exterior building and ground maintenance, and a flexible monthly dining credit. Additionally, your fees include free use of wellness amenities, classes and creative arts studios. Please contact us for more information.

Entrance fees and monthly fees increase each January. Rose Villa strives to keep our annual increases as low as possible, because we know our residents are living on a fixed income. New fees are announced each December. 

We do have a waitlist, and the length of the wait is based on variables we aren’t able to influence or predict. Ideally, you are planning your future well in advance of considering a move to a Life Plan Community, because one of the challenges is the unpredictability of when you might need additional care. The cost to join our waitlist is $3,000, all of which is applicable when you pay your move-in fee.

Long-term care insurance does not cover independent living. Residents who have long-term care insurance may be able to use these benefits to pay for in-home care assistance and 24-hour nursing care. Because every long-term care insurance policy is different, you should contact your insurance agent to learn about the details of your policy. If you have long-term care insurance, it will be factored into your financial screening. 

Rose Villa, like other Life Plan Communities, is licensed and regulated by the state of Oregon as single-site non-profit continuing care retirement community. Our annual financial reports and disclosures are always available. Contact us to view the most recent. 

Rose Villa offers both public and private transportation. TriMet stops at our front door Monday through Friday, and the new MAX Light Rail Orange Line is nearby. Our private transportation for residents includes a shuttle bus, van, two town cars with drivers and surrey carts for on-campus roaming.

This is an important question and a true distinction for us. At Rose Villa, our mission is to support older adults in the life of their own choosing. That starts with independent living and continues through your continuum of care. Our goal is to keep you as independent as possible for as long as possible, in your own independent living home. When the time comes that you or your partner need additional care, Rose Villa’s Avencia In-Home Care Services team will work with you and your medical team to build a custom plan of support. You will never be required by Rose Villa to upgrade to a higher level of care. When or if you require 24-hour supportive care, that decision will be made by your medical team, in full collaboration with our health services team. 

Checklists and Resources

This is an important decision. We encourage people to become fully educated about the various options that are available to them when searching for a Life Plan Community (aka Continuing Care Retirement Community).

This checklist is a guide to information we discuss at your personal appointment when you visit Rose Villa. This is a useful tool for you to use to develop questions. Contact us today to set up your tour!

  • Assisted Living Philosophy and Services
  • Health Care Philosophy and Neighborhood
  • Financial Security through the Rose Villa Foundation
  • Services and Amenities
  • Dining
  • Active Life
  • Life Long Learning
  • Entrance and Monthly Fees
  • Becoming a Resident
  • Local Community

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