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January 2014:  Willow Place receives deficiency-free survey!  Congratulations to Willow Place Assisted Living in Newberg, Oregon for receiving a Deficiency-Free Survey from the State of Oregon!  Concepts in Community Living, Inc. is proud to manage this outstanding community and thanks the Willow Place team of professionals for a job well done!

December 2013: CCL's Operations Specialist, Elaine Jeffries, selected to serve as mentor for the 2013-2014 class of LeadingAge Leadership Academy. As a past participant, Elaine is honored to be chosen to mentor the new students through this rewarding experience.

December 2013: LaCour House in New Roads, Louisana breaks ground! Over 60 people attended the ground breaking ceremonies earlier this month. LaCour House, slated to open in early 2015, will be a combination assisted living and memory care community  as well as an adult day health care center. "This is a really monumental project for Mr. LaCour and for The Cottonport Bank", stated Executive VP Keith Miller of the bank, "This is the largest loan the bank has ever made in it's 110-year history!"

November 2013:  CCL named as one of the ten P4P (pitch for pilots) pairings with a start up tech company selected from over a thousand innovative aging technology start-up's prescreened by Aging 2.0, created to accelerate innovation in the aging market. Leading Age Oregon, Leading Age Washington and Leading Age California collaborated for the first time to host AgeTech West in San Jose this month.

November 2013: CCL's Oregon based communities participated in Sage Metro Portland's LGBT Equality Survey for Senior Housing and were awarded the highest marks with 5 stars. Sage Metro Portland aims to connect LGBT seniors with LGBT friendly housing. Each community completing the survey received a score of their friendliness and demonstrated commitment to creating more inclusive housing options for LGBT seniors.

August 2013: Three CCL communities receive high industry honors from My InnerView

Congratulations to Willow Place, Redwood Terrace, and Adams House Assisted Living Communities for winning 2012-2013 Excellence in Action Awards. Click to read more!

June 2013: CCL president, Dr. Michael DeShane, and founder, Dr. Keren Brown Wilson, are recognized in the June 2013 Portland State Magazine

Click here to read about their lifelong passion and commitment to improving the lives of elders.

May 2013: Rock Cove resident, Clara Lamb, celebrates her 92nd birthday with a zip line tour

Former Skamania County Clerk and current Rock Cove resident, Clara Lamb, celebrates her birthday with an adventure and shows the world that growing older doesn't mean that you have to become inactive.

Click here to read an article about Clara's adventure!

Clara made the news! Click here to view the segment that aired on KATU News!

April 2013: Cecilia Ellison of Rock Cove is named Noble Caregiver of the Year by WHCA

The Washington Health Care Association has named Cecilia Ellison their Noble Caregiver of the Year! She was nominated by Robin Aman, director of Rock Cove, for giving exceptional care to the residents of Rock Cove and for finding ways to enrich their lives daily. Click here to read more!

April 2013: CCL assumes management of Meadowbrook Place Assisted Living in Baker City, Oregon

Effective April 1, 2013, CCL will officially assume the management responsibilities for Meadowbrook Place Assisted Living Community in Baker City, Oregon. Click here to read more! 

March 2013: Nicki Harold named a member of the board of directors for the Canby Adult Center

Nicki Harold, director of Rackleff Place Assisted Living Community, has been named one of the newest members of the Canby Adult Center board of directors. Nicki will be using her decades of experience serving the needs of senior and disabled adults to bring new insight and fresh ideas to the table as board member. Nicki stated, “I am going to give serving the center my all. I look forward to this commitment and to serving the older adults of Canby in a new way. I hope to strengthen the already good relationship between Rackleff Place and the Canby Adult Center.” Both Rackleff Place and the Canby Adult Center strive to enrich the lives of older adults through their services and programs. For more information, contact Nicki at (503) 266-9555.


December 2012: Brookside Place receives deficiency-free survey!

Congratulations to Brookside Place Assisted Living in Redmond, Oregon for receiving a Deficiency-Free Survey from the State of Oregon!  Concepts in Community Living, Inc. is proud to manage this outstanding community and thanks the Brookside Place team of professionals for a job well done! 

December 2012: Brookside Place Assisted Living Community has a new director

Concepts in Community Living, Inc. is pleased to announce that Deanna Boire has been selected as the new director for Brookside Place Assisted Living Community in Redmond, Oregon. Click here to read more.

November 2012: Mauro Hernandez co-presents at the National Health Policy Forum meeting in Washington D.C.

The session described the assisting living market, including resident and facility characteristics, based on findings of a recent major survey  undertaken by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This session described the growth and evolution of the assisted living market from several viewpoints, including those of a state long-term care ombudsman, an educator of assisted living personnel, and an assisted living multi-state provider. Areas discussed included sources of financing, state regulation and oversight of quality of care provided to residents, and the nature of assisted living contracts with residents. Click here for more information on the National Health Policy Forum.

October 2012: Adams House Receives 4th Deficiency-Free Survey!

Congratulations to Adams House Assisted Living in Myrtle Creek, Oregon for receiving their 4th Deficiency-Free Survey from the State of Oregon!  Adams House also had outstanding satisfaction survey results done by their families, residents and staff!  These results rated Adams House in top 10% nationwide for resident satisfaction.  Concepts in Community Living, Inc. is proud to manage this outstanding community and thanks director, Susan Lebengood, and her team of professionals for a job well done! 

October 2012: St. Francis Assisted Living Community holds a ribbon cutting and open house celebration

On Thursday, October 18th, approximately 200 guests attended an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new CCL managed St. Francis Assisted Living Community in Forrest City, Arkansas.  The festivities opened with the presentation of the colors by the Forrest City High School, NJROTC and the national anthem by the Forrest City High School Choir, Der Singkries. Opening remarks were made by representatives from the St. Francis County Community Development Corporation as well as many local dignitaries and other groups and individuals that have been of great support to this project.



June 2012: John Davis of CCL is named President-Elect of LeadingAge Oregon's Board of Directors

John Davis, VP of Operations at CCL, was elected by the general membership at LeadingAge Oregon’s annual meeting on May 22, to serve as president on the 2012-2013 LeadingAge Oregon Board of Directors.  Congratulations to John for his outstanding commitment to serving older adults.

April 2012: Mauro Hernandez authors article for Generations

As assisted living evolves, there are many challenges - from equitable access to remaining true to original design principles. Click here to read Disparities in Assisted Living: Does it Meet the HCBS Test?

April 2012: Rock Cove Receives a Deficiency-Free Survey

Rock Cove Assisted Living Community received a deficiency-free survey from the state of Washington. This marks ten years of being deficiency-free for the community. Congratulations to director, Robin Aman, and the entire Rock Cove staff for a job well done.

April 2012: Mauro Hernandez joins ASA Board of Directors

The American Society on Aging (ASA) appointed Mauro Hernandez, CEO of CCL, to serve on its Board of Directors. He will serve as Chair of the Minority Concerns Committee and continue serving on the Generations Editorial Board. ASA is an association of professionals that develops leadership, knowledge, and skills to address the challenges and opportunities of a diverse aging society.

February 2012: Dody Roberts named Director of St. Francis Assisted Living Community

The St. Francis Community Development Corporation Board of Directors and Mr. Andre’ Stephens, Executive Director, are pleased to announce that Dody Roberts has been selected as the new Director of St. Francis Assisted Living Community in Forrest City. Click here to read more.

January 2012: Elaine Judd passes the Residential Care/Assisted Living Administrator Licensing Examination

The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) is the national leading authority on licensing, credentialing, and regulating administrators of organizations along the continuum of long term care. NAB offers an array of programs, services and opportunities to support and empower professionals to shape the future of professions in long term care. Congratulations to Elaine Judd for passing this important examination.

September 2011: Elaine Judd graduates from the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services Leadership Class

The Leadership Alliance enhances personal and professional growth while participants gain leadership skills as well as awareness of current issues, community resources and the social, political, and economical needs of the senior community.

September 2011: Rock Cove Begins their Inter-Generational Greenhouse Project

Earlier this year, Rock Cove received a grant to build a greenhouse for their upcoming Inter-Generational Greenhouse Project. Robin Aman, administrator of Rock Cove, applied for the grant in hopes to bring community members of all ages together to work toward the common goal of increasing social capital in Stevenson and its surrounding areas and enriching the lives of Rock Cove residents.  Click here to read more.


June 2011: Public Heath Emergency Preparedness Exercise

On June 9th, Spring Meadows Assisted Living Community in St. Helens, Oregon participated in a three day, eight county, two state public health emergency preparedness exercise.  The intent of the exercise was to test Federal, State, local and community partner plans to protect our community in a major public health emergency.  Click here to read more.

June 2011: Robin Aman Awarded National Assisted Living Honor

The American Health Care Association and its National Center for Assisted Living have selected Robin Aman, administrator of CCL managed Rock Cove, as National Assisted Living Administrator of the Year. Click here to read more

May 2011: William Rios completes the Long Term Care Leadership Academy

William Rios, Assistant Director of The Taft Home, attended the Long Term Care Leadership Academy at the Clackamas Community College in Oregon.  The classes were informative and went in-depth on issues regarding teamwork, leadership essentials, coaching employees for success and building trustful environments, among other topics. The classes consisted of workshops that clearly demonstrated what happens when there is a lack of leadership and what happens when it is present.

May 2011: Robin Aman Honored for Outstanding Service to Seniors

Robin Aman, administrator at Rock Cove Assisted Living in Stevenson, WA, has been honored with the 2011 Assisted Living Administrator of the Year Award by the Washington Health Care Association. Click here to read more

April 2011: Canyon Rim Manor Receives "Specific Needs Services" Contract

On April 4, Canyon Rim Manor, a licensed Assisted Living Community in Maupin, Oregon, announced that they received a special Medicaid contract with the State of Oregon to provide “Specific Needs Services".  Under this contract, they will be providing an enhanced scope of services for a very small, targeted group of individuals with a physical disability or a behavioral disorder resulting from brain injury, progressive neurological disease, cognitive disorder or mental illness.

March 2011: St. Francis Assisted Living Groundbreaking

The St. Francis County Community Development Corporation of Forrest City, Arkansas officially broke ground on its 30,000-square-foot assisted living community on Thursday, March 31st at 2:30 p.m.  The event was well attended by the public, community leaders and senior organizations.

St. Francis Assisted Living Community is designed to provide affordable assisted living services for the residents including dementia, adult handicapped and adult day care applicants.   The community is scheduled for completion in March 2012 and will be managed by Concepts in Community Living.  Click here to read more.

November 2010: CCL Introduces CALM Program

CCL introduces the Comfort And Life Memories (CALM) Program as part of their life enrichment program in their 15 communities in Oregon, Washington and California. CALM is a unique approach to treating many of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Through regular aromatherapy massage sessions and specially designed sensory stimulation activities, the CALM program helps restore serenity and recall memories.

Aromatherapy uses certain fragrances (such as frankincense and sandalwood) to help increase oxygen levels in the brain, which, in turn, helps increase the output of positive chemicals that affect the functioning of the brain. 

Just as physical exercise keeps the muscles healthy through the use of aromatherapy and sensory stimulation, CALM exercises physiological responses to help stimulate mental functions, breathing and oxygen levels and circulation. The CALM program can help lessen agitation and anxiety, which can help increase general  well-being and health.

October 2010: Adams House Receives 3rd Deficiency-Free Survey

Congratulations to Adams House Assisted Living in Myrtle Creek, Oregon for receiving their 3rd Deficiency-Free Survey from the State of Oregon!  Adams House also had outstanding satisfaction survey results done by their families, residents and staff!  These results rated Adams House in top 10% nationwide for resident satisfaction.  We want to thank and recognize this outstanding team of professionals for a job well done! 

September 2010: Mauro Hernandez Receives Special Service Award

Mauro Hernandez, CEO of CCL, received a Special Service Award from OHCA. OHCA Special Service Awards are given to individuals whose contributions have enabled the OHCA staff to accomplish the strategic goals set forth by the OHCA Board of Directors.

Mauro has been involved in the Oregon assisted living community since it’s early beginning in the late 1980’s.  Mauro's body of work and community based care experience make him a valuable and outstanding asset to the provider community.  In 2008, Mauro began serving on the Community Based Care Reimbursement Committee and, over the past 18 months, has been instrumental in the formation of the Community Based Care Quality Committee.  Mauro also serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living.  OHCA greatly appreciates Mauro’s keen intelligence, pragmatic viewpoint and willingness to participate in public policy workgroups and quality initiatives.

May 2010: CCL Participates in National Housing with Services Summit (50-100)
As a member of Oregon’s Housing with Services Workgroup, CCL was invited to participate in a national summit convened by the AAHSA (the American Association of Housing and Services for the Aging) in Washington, DC on May 25th 2010. The summit explored housing with services strategies to inform AAHSA’s national research and policy advocacy agenda. CCL was among 100 stakeholders including federal, state and local housing and services agencies, not-for-profit provider organizations, AAHSA members and state associations, researchers and others. Mauro Hernandez discussed some of the challenges, opportunities and plans that CCL has been exploring with local partners in some of its more rural communities. Read more:

January 2010: CCL Assumes Management for 4 Assisted Living Communities in Oregon
As of January 1, Concepts in Community Living officially assumed management responsibilities for Applegate Place in Sutherlin, Brookside Place in Redmond, Rackleff Place in Canby and Willow Place in Newberg. Following several months of transition efforts by CCL’s management team, new Directors were able to immediately begin implementing operations and community relations plans in these 4 smaller communities. Short term priorities include minimizing service interruptions to residents, retaining and attracting high quality staff, and identifying opportunities for improving quality. With more stable management, restored Medicaid contracts and re-established ties in the local communities, CCL expects to reverse short- and long-term occupancy declines in these newly managed properties.

pdfNew Management at Sutherlin Assisted Living Community, Douglas County News, Dec. 30, 2009

Dec. 2009: CCL Hires Elaine Judd to Fill New Operations Specialist Position
To support its planned growth, CCL hired Elaine Judd who will be providing technical support, training and other on-site assistance to our managed communities. Focus areas will include customer, employee and community relations; quality assurance and general compliance. Elaine first joined CCL in November 2000 as a caregiver at Rock Cove Assisted Living. She was later promoted to Activity Director and Assistant Director there. During the last two years, Elaine began providing short-term on-site assistance to Directors at other CCL managed properties. Her strong communication and team-building skills made Elaine an ideal fit for this new position.

Nov. 2009: Mauro Hernandez co-authors chapter on “Person Centered Care in Assisted Living”
Working with first author, Karen Love of Pathways to Care, Mauro Hernandez helped develop this informational resource for new AL administrators with support from the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB). The publication describes the origins of assisted living, summarizes parallel developments in person-centered care within other settings, and sets out applicable domains of practice for assisted living administrators. It will be published as a new chapter in the 2010 revised edition of NAB’s “Residential Care/Assisted Living Administrators Exam Study Guide.”

Assisted Living Facilities Offer Home Away From Home, The Rural Monitor, Summer 2009

Feb 2009: Mauro Hernandez Joins CEAL Advisory Council
Having supported past efforts of the national Centers for Excellence in Assisted Living (, Mauro Hernandez was invited to serve on its Advisory Council. The CEAL was formally established in 2004 to foster access to high quality assisted living through a range of activities including information dissemination, convening’s, and research collaborations. In addition to participating in a recent convening on Person Centered Care in Assisted Living, Dr Hernandez has also served on CEAL’s Affordable Assisted Living Committee and its Awards Committee.

May 2009: John Davis Assumes Leadership Position with State Trade Association
As of May 2009, John Davis was elected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services (the Alliance). This is John’s second term on the Alliance board having previously served on the board from 2001 to 2003. John is currently on the Education Committee and has previously served on the Rural Service Committee. The Alliance represents not-for-profit organizations in Oregon that provide housing, health care and related services to the elderly and disabled.

pdfChanges Come to Rackleff House, Canby Herald, Jan. 2009

Aging Matters: Locally and Globally

Michael Deshane, CCL President, and Keren B. Wilson, JFR Foundation Executive Director, are working with the Institute on Aging at Portland State University on “Aging Matters: Locally and Globally”. Aging Matters is a privately funded initiative that seeks to encourage innovative efforts to strengthen older people's abilities to receive supportive services while remaining as independent as possible. The initiative seeks to develop models that can be implemented in both Oregon and Nicaragua, but that have applicability to other cities and other developing countries.

Oct. 2008: CCL Founder and Senior Advisor, Keren Brown Wilson, Recognized for Achievements
Concepts in Community Living founder and senior advisor, Dr. Keren Brown Wilson, was honored with a prestigious award, Oregon Woman of Achievement, in 2008 by the Women’s Commission of Oregon. This award is given annually to honor women who had a major impact on the lives of Oregonians. Award winners have included Governor Barbara Roberts, Mayor Vera Katz and philanthropist Arlene Schnitzer. This follows the equally prestigious Maxwell Pollack Award of the Gerontological Society of America given her in 2005. Both awards were given in recognition of her pioneering work in assisted living.



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