It’s Johanna Harvey’s 84th birthday.
She relaxes in her bed as the TV murmurs quietly in the background. A young girl runs over and gives her a hug.
“Happy birthday, Jo!”
Johanna hugs back.
“You’re so precious,” she says as the girl sits on the edge of Johanna’s bed and tells her about school.
Johanna has dementia and is living at Rosemary Manor, an assisted living center specializing in memory care in John Day.
Johanna’s son, Pastor Mike Harvey, said he moved his mother to Rosemary after she began falling multiple times a week.
“My mom has received great care,” he said.
The facility opened roughly a year ago and has two caregivers working around the clock with eight employees. Rosemary Manor specializes in patients with memory problems like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Kennedy lives at the facility with her three children and describes it is as one big family.
“There’s no such thing as a day off but obviously I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love what I do. Every one of the residents here have become my family,” Kennedy said.
Rosemary Manor owner Alysia Hafer named the facility after her grandmother, Rosemary, in recognition of her dedication to caring for the elderly.
Rosemary Manor has three current residents but can accommodate up to five. The facility offers hospice and end-of-life care, and though death is difficult, Hafer said it’s part of the job.
Families of residents are able to visit as they please. Rosemary has an open-door policy.
One way Rosemary differs from traditional care facilities is the ratio of care providers to residents.
“It’s a lot more one on one. It’s a lot more personal,” Hafer said. “We have the time to get to know them on a personal level and really cater to what they need.”
They offer a home-like atmosphere with nursing-level care, according to Hafer.
The day-to-day life for residents varies. They have scheduled mealtimes but aren’t required to stick to them. Much of the day is dedicated to patient care, and some specialists and doctors are willing to make regular house calls and visits to the home.
Residents can take part in activities like trips to the Kam Wah Chung Museum, county library and, for Johanna, celebrating her birthday with a family dinner at the Outpost.