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Assisted Living Community
As you walk into The Grove Assisted Living and The Gardens Memory Care, you feel the buzz and vibrancy of the holiday season. To your left, a Christmas tree with different colored lights and ornaments is resting beautifully with an angel at the top. As you walk further into the dining area, the tables are decorated, glittery tinsel and ornaments are hung from every corner, and a slight hint of cinnamon is in the air. As you walk a little further, you are greeted by residents of both the assisted living and the memory care facility, beaming and smiling. It’s always great to hear what they have to say.
Holidays at The Grove and The Gardens
Jean, a resident of The Grove Assisted Living, has a jolly personality with a cheerful smile extending from ear to ear. As a nurse for over 40 years, she explains, “I find it hard to give up my independence. I still do a lot for myself, and the staff makes the transition easier to manage.”
Pam is another resident of The Grove and the newest member of the bunch. She echoes Jean’s response. “I was a senior administrative assistant, to let go of everything is hard. I like helping Gina, the Activities Coordinator, with activities and feeling a part of something. They watch out for us.”
As the chatter and holiday cheer continues, you can’t help but smile at the joy residents and staff bring to each other. With a very observant look and a slight smile a resident replies, with a curious thought, “Every day I try to make people smile, that’s my goal.”
Another resident of The Grove, Linda, has been here for seven years. She is free spirited, adventurous and outspoken. With her gleaming blue eyes and dancing smile she says, “When people on Facebook ask if anyone recommends a care place, I tell them about this place even though I don’t know them.”
One of our observant residents, Wayne, adds, “I moved here with my wife, she passed shortly after”. He ponders as the memories start flooding his mind but quickly comes back, “I feel comfortable here.”
The holiday season is always a warming time around here. As the conversation continues, there is a sense of comfort and a touch of family. The staff at The Grove & The Gardens does what they can to offer a nurturing space, uniquely designed for each resident. In the season of giving, being thankful and sharing kindness – Happy Holidays from The Grove & The Gardens Staff and Residents!
The leaves are slowly changing hues of orange and red, as the sun awakens on a crisp fall morning. Vickie makes way to start her day at The Grove & The Gardens. She begins her daily routine walking to her office, greeting the early rising residents with a smile.
Vickie Garcia is the Administrator for both The Grove Assisted Living Community and The Gardens Memory Care. As the administrator, Vickie oversees the day to day operations of every department for resident care.
Garcia is a Mexico native from the state of Michoacán and raised right here in Washington County. She is a Hillsboro High School graduate and continues to reside in the area with two chihuahuas and family. Vickie enjoys spending time with her family whenever possible.
“… it’s harder to find time to wrestle all my siblings together nowadays. When we can all be together, especially for dinners, it’s more special now.” During her free time, Garcia winds down by going to the gym and driving around with her four siblings to find new ice cream shops in town. “It’s always a treat”, Garcia explains and smiles from ear to ear.
For almost 11 years, Vickie has transitioned to different positions within The Grove & The Gardens. Starting as a caregiver to med passer, resident service director, and now to administrator since 2017. Garcia shares with a sense of pride and dedication in her voice, “I appreciate my journey here, I am thankful for the opportunities I received and continue to receive.”
Garcia refers fondly to The Grove & The Gardens, “When I walk into the memory care neighborhood, the residents may not remember my name, but they know who I am, the residents know I am there to see them.” She further explains, “My favorite part of working here is the lively and personal stories residents share with me. They trust me enough to share their memories, what they feel, and what they are thinking. It’s a warm feeling knowing you are trusted.”
Vickie, like many at The Grove & The Gardens, is passionate and driven by the good work done to help residents enjoy a better quality of life. As Vickie looks off into the distance, she states with a blissful tone in her voice, “I see myself here for a long time working with residents. Sometimes I may be having a difficult day, a smile from the residents can change that in an instant.”
Chrissy Ellington is the Accounting & Office Manager at The Grove Assisted Living & The Gardens Enhanced Memory Care. For over 23 years, Chrissy has witnessed The Grove & The Gardens flourish into the living community it is today. Before The Grove & The Gardens evolved to what it is, Ellington has worn many hats herself – from activities director to med passer, caregiver, and now Accounting & Office Manager. As a fourth-generation Oregonian, Ellington is deeply rooted in the fabric of the community she calls home.
Ellington starts her day with accounting duties, such as accounts payable and accounts receivables. Although every day may be different, she also assists answering financial questions residents may have, and helps to order supplies. Ellington explains with eagerness in her voice, “I love helping when I can. If I can visit residents throughout my day, I will. Especially our residents who don’t have family, they appreciate it.”
Ellington understands the challenges residents and family members can face when transitioned into a living facility, “My grandmother was a resident of The Grove & The Gardens, it’s comforting to know the staff who works here cares about the residents, I feel a special connection to this place.”
Tom- Ellington’s supervisor says with delight, “We appreciate the longevity that so many of our employees have with us. Chrissy has grown with The Grove & The Gardens and we are grateful she always goes above and beyond for our residents.” The Grove & The Gardens is not only home to residents, it’s a community built by caregivers, kitchen staff, RNs, the person greeting you at the front desk and so many others. With a tender note in her voice, Ellington expresses, “I can’t see myself anywhere else, it’s my home away from home.”
The Grove & The Gardens would like you to meet our team member – Gina Armstrong. Gina is no stranger to the area, having moved to Forest Grove in 1997. To this day she remembers her first day at The Grove & The Gardens June 14, 1998. “I immediately became fond of our residents; caregiving is a gift”. Armstrong explains with tenderness in her voice. Not only is she dedicated to the residents of The Grove & The Gardens, she is a loving mother to three children, a shiatzu, and a four-month-old chihuahua. During her free time, Gina enjoys gardening in her backyard and relaxing outside on her patio on hot summer days after an exciting day at work.
Though she is new to The Grove & The Gardens, she joined our team with over forty years of experience in patient care and hospital care. Linda is highly educated, with her degrees from the University of Miami (Ohio), and the University of Gonzaga masters program in nursing leadership, research, education, and management (which she earned while raising her children). Linda is an accomplished and proud mother of four and now spends time with her sweet Maltese Yorkie hiking in the Portland Northwest.