As Oregon’s capital and second most populated city, Salem offers seniors a charming, historic downtown, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes major league baseball team and the fifth-best hospital in the state. Those with an affinity for life’s more sensual pleasures can enjoy cheese tastings at the Willamette Valley Cheese Company and sip wine at any of the valley’s over 500 wineries. Additionally, art enthusiasts can explore the Hallie Ford Museum of Art or the art-filled Capitol building set on park-like grounds with gardens.
Most of all, perhaps, Salem is known for its scenic beauty, full of cherry trees, outdoor spaces, such as the 90-acre Bush’s Pasture Park, and its convenient one-hour distance from the Cascade Mountains and Pacific Ocean beaches. With only 4 inches of snow annually and mild temperatures, seniors can enjoy their attractive surroundings year-round. Additionally, many of the city’s assisted living facilities provide high-quality services and amenities at rates averaging $200 less per month than the state median. Below, we’ve included a list of what we believe to be the eight best Salem assisted living facilities worth exploring.
Prestige Senior Living Southern Hills
4795 Skyline Rd. S.
Salem, OR 97306
Prestige Senior Living Southern Hills is a pet-friendly, family-owned community located on a peaceful, tree-lined street less than 10 minutes from Minto-Brown Island Park, golf courses and medical clinics. We chose this facility for our list of Salem’s top eight for its “Best Senior Living” title awarded by the city’s newspaper and robust, holistic lifestyle program offering cognition-stimulating activities and fitness classes. Seniors enjoy a comfortable, homelike environment with restaurant-style dining, spacious apartments with kitchenettes and complimentary scheduled transportation services.
Farmington Square – Salem
960 Boone Rd. SE.
Salem, OR 97306
At Farmington Square – Salem, residents are treated to beautiful park-like grounds, cottages with individual dining rooms serving three meals per day and spacious studio and companion apartments. The pet-friendly facility offers memory care along with assisted living services designed to help residents remain as independent as possible. Residents enjoy gardening, eating fresh popcorn while watching movies in the nostalgic cinema room and participating in art and fitness classes. Religious services are available on-site and residents can attend frequent social and cultural outings.
Prestige Senior Living Orchard Heights
695 Orchard Heights Rd. NW.
Salem, OR 97304
Another Prestige Senior Living facility, Orchard Heights is located minutes from the Willamette River and Orchard Heights Park. The facility provides assisted living and memory care with an emphasis on celebrating residents’ creativity, spirituality and unique personal interests. Residents can take advantage of medication management, support group meetings and weekly housekeeping services. For on-site fun and relaxation, they can lounge in the secure outdoor courtyard, socialize at community happy hours and share meals with family and friends in the private dining room.
Meadow Creek Village Assisted Living
3988 12th St. Cutoff SE.
Salem, OR 97302
Residents at Meadow Creek Village Assisted Living enjoy convenient access to shops and restaurants along Commercial Street and Morningside City Park. Licensed nurses oversee compassionate, highly trained caregivers and administer medications, perform care coordination and facilitate family meetings and support groups. Residents are served snacks between meals, and high ceilings and large windows that let in an abundance of natural light enhance the dining room’s warm ambiance. The community is pet-friendly and provides housekeeping and laundry services to free up residents’ time and reduce stress.
Bonaventure of Salem
3411 Boone Rd. SE.
Salem, OR 97317
Woods and open, park-like spaces surround Bonaventure of Salem, and the facility offers convenient, entertaining and stress-reducing amenities. For personal care, residents can use the full-service on-site beauty salon, relax in the whirlpool room or visit the monthly wellness clinic. They can freely socialize in the billiards room, bar area with poker tables and game room or take a stroll along the manicured outdoor walking paths. Residents can also use the fitness center or explore their interests in the garden and hobby center. The facility offers anytime dining, and apartments include nurse call systems, microwaves and individually controlled thermostats.
The Woods at Willowcreek
4398 Glencoe St. NE.
Salem, OR 97301
Located in northeast Salem, The Woods at Willowcreek is minutes from the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center and the shops at Willamette Town Center. We featured this thoughtfully designed community in our list of Salem’s top eight for its cozy, homelike environment with numerous floor plans, large windows and shady outdoor seating. Residents can unwind in the whirlpool tub, participate in a group exercise class or play with their small, furry friends. The dining hall serves healthy, chef-prepared meals, and scheduled transportation is available for appointments and social outings.
2950 Boone Rd. SE.
Salem, OR 97306
We selected Boone Ridge for our list of Salem’s top eight assisted living facilities for its modern, luxurious feel and unique veterans benefit of a two-year rate lock. Residents enjoy the freedom of anytime dining, transportation and housekeeping services as well as convenient, upscale amenities such as an on-site beauty salon, chapel and fitness center. A wine bar, movie theater and billiards room are available for recreation, and residents can easily step outside to relax in the secured, landscaped courtyards with walking paths. The caring staff provides person-centered assistance and evaluates residents frequently to ensure they receive the exact services they need.
4710 Sunnyside Rd. SE.
Salem, OR 97302
Regency Woodland’s comfortable, homelike, one-story building opens to a lush, secured and manicured courtyard with patio seating. Residents receive three healthy meals per day plus snacks, access to convenient complimentary parking and monthly wellness visits. They can enjoy books in the community library, celebrate special occasions with family in the private dining room or treat themselves to a new hairstyle in the full-service beauty salon. Daily exercise classes, social excursions and educational programs keep residents fit, active and continuously learning.
Is Salem the Right Choice for You?
With its lower-than-average health care costs, scenic outdoor landscapes and close proximity to Eugene and Portland, Salem is a great choice for seniors seeking a relaxed lifestyle with endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. The 13.3% of the population that’s aged 65 and older also enjoy access to three senior centers, including Center 50+ and the South Salem Senior Center. These centers provide resources and supports such as low-cost gym memberships, Meals on Wheels programs, recreational activities and home-bound library programs.