The need for more senior homes in Grant County was one reason for Doris Harper and her daughter Jessie Saul to open the Cinnabar Adult Foster Care Home south of Mt. Vernon.
Several foster homes in Grant County closed, leaving only the one in Bear Valley open, Saul said.
“We saw a need,” she said. “There were limited options for elderly in Grant County who were living alone.”
The new senior home is located off Harper Creek Road on a hillside providing a spectacular 180-degree panorama, from Cinnabar Mountain to Mt. Vernon and beyond. Deer, turkeys and all kinds of birds frequent the site, Harper said.
Harper has been a registered nurse at Blue Mountain Hospital for eight years. She grew up in Minnesota and has lived in Grant County since 1981. She attended nursing school at Mt. Hood Community College.
Saul said she was encouraged to become a nurse by her mother. She grew up in Mt. Vernon and attended nursing school at Blue Mountain Community College. She has been a registered nurse for 13 years and has worked for Blue Mountain Home Health and Hospice for 12 years.
With assistance from family members, they fixed up the home overlooking the Harper Creek valley, adding handicap access features and making the place “homey and comfortable,” Harper said.
The home has five bedrooms for five residents and two shared bathrooms. A caregiver will be present 24 hours per day, providing personal assistance, medication administration, housekeeping and three meals a day plus snacks.
Cinnabar is a family-run business, with family members occasionally showing up as guest bakers and cooks, Harper said. Residents who want to prepare meals have free run of the kitchen. A grill will be set up on one of the two spacious outdoor decks.
Daily activities to be provided by the caregivers include reading, arts and crafts, walks, gardening, games, movies and music. Transportation will be available for shopping, hair appointments, doctor visits and other needs. Cellphone service is good, and private landlines can be arranged, Harper said.
Harper and Saul are experienced nurses with an interest in elderly care, but they recently attended a workshop in Portland to learn the business side of the profession. They also held an open house Oct. 27 with a large turnout. Saul said they’ve seen a strong interest in the new business.
For more information, visit Cinnabar Adult Foster Care Home on Facebook or online at https://cinnabar-adult-care-home.weebly.com.
The home is located at 26886 Harper Creek Road, south of Mt. Vernon. For more information, call Doris Harper at 541-620-2833 or Jessie Saul at 541-620-2283.