Eagle Cove Assisted Living is celebrating a grand reopening to celebrate a new manager and total redecorating and updating of the facility. The celebration will be Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 2-4 p.m. The Eagle Point-Upper Rogue Chamber of Commerce will assist Eagle Cove in a ribbon cutting celebration. The public is invited to the afternoon event.
Located at 261 Loto St., in Eagle Point, across from the post office, Eagle Cove first opened in 1996.
In May 2010 Emeritus acquired the 62 unit assisted living facility as well as the 16 retirement apartments located just behind the assisted living building. Emeritus, which began in Renton, Wash. in 1993, now owns over 480 communities in 42 states and is home to 49,900 people.
While the community has been used to seeing Eagle Cove, many have not toured the facility. Feb. 14 is an ideal time to do so and to meet the staff.
Sam VanMeter, an Eagle Point area resident, is the new manager. His first week at Eagle Cove was the week of Jan. 16. His most recent position was at Medford Rehabilitation. He is a licensed administrator and licensed nursing home administrator. His several degrees include a bachelors, masters and a PhD from the International Theological Seminary. VanMeter also teaches scuba diving and previously owned three restaurants, which, he says, gives him a keen interest in the food service.
Bryan Hermann, a 1981 graduate of Eagle Point High School, is the Community Relations Director. He joined the staff just after Emeritus purchased the facility.
Lori Brockbank, RN is the resident care director. The activities director is Renee Glidewell.
Updating the interior began in September. The dining room, which is seen from the entry way, has been totally re-decorated, including an entire wall painted to resemble a woodsy scene. The carpeting has been replaced with flooring that appears like wood, but does not need waxing and comes in planks that can be lifted out and replaced should it become damaged. The dining tables are far more convenient, allowing more space for those with walkers and wheelchairs to navigate.
The upstairs activity room has been redone and the hallways all have new carpeting.
As rooms become vacant, they are also being redecorated. Those who have seen Eagle Cove in the last few years will be delighted to see the facility as it appears today.
The assisted living units each have a kitchenette with a refrigerator, sink, and microwave as well as a wheelchair accessible bathroom and walk-in shower. The apartment complex includes studio, one and two bedroom units. Apartment dwellers may take advantage of the dining facility at the assisted living. Eagle Cove accepts those on the Medicaid program and veterans. Pets are also allowed.
Medical appointments as well as scenic and event tours are made possible with the Eagle Cove van service.
But changes at Eagle Cove go beyond appearance, said VanMeter. He said Emertius has an ethical commitment to give back to the community and its residents. VanMeter said service is a high priority for him and for the staff.
For information on the assisted living facility and/or the apartments, call Bryan Hermann at 541-499-5676 or Sam VanMeter at 541-830-0355.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent