Although Gresham is considered a suburb of Portland, Oregon’s largest city, it’s still a distinctive community in its own right. Jazz aficionados from all over the world flock to Gresham every year to attend the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, and outdoor recreation buffs have abundant opportunities to access hiking, birdwatching, fishing, and snow sports thanks to Gresham’s enviable location as the gateway to Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge. Life in Gresham doesn’t leave culture lovers out in the cold, though — Gresham Center for the Arts Foundation hosts a variety of diverse art exhibits, music and theater performances, events and classes.
Assisted living is an option for seniors who want to live in a residential community, but need a little extra assistance with the routine activities of daily living. Seniors in Gresham have multiple options for assisted living. The average cost of assisted living in Gresham is $4,975 per month per Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey. This is slightly lower than the overall Oregon average but higher than the national average.
We’ve put together the following guide to assisted living in Gresham, which includes a list of resources, cost comparisons and how to pay for it.
Hundreds of thousands of American seniors utilize assisted living, a figure that is only growing. For these seniors, assisted living combines residential housing,assistance in daily activities, and some healthcare. These communities also strive to provide an atmosphere that is comfortable and engaging for their residents… Read More >
COVID-19 restrictions and rules for Assisted Living Facilities are typically set by the state – to see the rules in your state, you can read our guide to Assisted Living in Oregon. Keep in mind that there may be other policies that communities put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.
Gresham residents pay an average of $4,975 per month for assisted living.
At an average of $4,975 per month, assisted living in Gresham and other communities in the Portland Metropolitan Area is slightly less expensive than the Oregon monthly average of $5,045. It is nearly $500 per month higher than the national median of $4,500 per month.
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Gresham residents pay a little over $500 per month less than their counterparts slightly to the south in the state capital, Salem, where the average is $5,500 per month. Costs rise to $5,623 in Oregon’s second largest city, Eugene. Those in Albany and Corvallis pay less than those in Gresham and other Portland Metro communities at averages of $4,530 and $4,485, respectively. At the southern end of the state, those in Grants Pass pay approximately $600 more for assisted living than those in Gresham at a monthly average of $5,570.
Note: Data for Gresham was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Portland Area, was used instead.
Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:
For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Oregon.
|Multnomah County Aging, Disability, and Veterans Services||(503) 988-5480||Gresham seniors, disabled persons, veterans, their families and their caregivers can access information about applicable community-based services from Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services. Direct services include assistance applying for relevant resources, benefits counseling, fall-prevention workshops and long-term care advocacy through an ombudsman’s office. This agency also oversees senior nutrition programs in Multnomah County.|
|Gresham Senior Center||(503) 988-4870||Seniors in East Multnomah County can access social activities, wellness events, classes and hot lunches at Gresham Senior Center. Activities include scheduled group outings to local events and attractions, line dancing sessions, tai chi, bingo and arts and crafts. Talented seniors can also sell their handiwork at the center’s on-site gift shop, which is open to the general public all year-round and hosts an annual holiday bazaar that is very popular with the Gresham community. The center also hosts an annual Wellness Resource Fair featuring information of specific interest to seniors and their families.|
|Ride Connection||(503) 226-0700||Seniors in need of reliable transportation in the Portland Metro can access free, door-to-door services Monday through Friday through Ride Connection. A convenient online form is available, and those who prefer to call instead are welcome to do so. As a nonprofit organization, Ride Connection employs both paid and volunteer drivers who all receive thorough training and are required to pass DMV background checks.|
|Multnomah County Veterans Services||(503) 998-8387||Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families can receive referrals to local services and assistance accessing them from Multnomah County Veterans Services. The agency is dedicating to ensuring that veterans and their families have access to all of the state and federal benefits that their military service entitles them to.|
|United Way of the Columbia-Willamette||(503) 228-9131||Seniors who want to find ways to engage with their communities and to give back to them can find a wide variety of volunteer opportunities through the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. Volunteer positions include helping out with local food drives and soup kitchens, participating in wildlife habitat work parties, and working in local libraries and schools.|
Assisted Living Facilities in the Gresham area are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined at the state level. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.