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Harold Schnitzer Center for Living

Moments after entering the Harold Schnitzer Center for Living, you’ll know that this isn’t an old-fashioned nursing home. The welcoming smells from the kitchen, the homey artwork hanging on the walls and the cheerful personal surroundings all say – you are home.



We are proud to be Oregon’s first home for elder care modeled on the Green House model of care (*see below for more information). It won’t take long to see how this philosophy sets us apart. Each and every decision made in these special households is focused on the care and needs of the elders who call it home. Here, our residents have choices you won’t find in an institutional model of care, from what appears on the family-style menus to what enriching activities are offered.

Each staff member is cross-trained and is dedicated to a single household of twelve residents. Deeper personal relationships flourish as a result of the high staff to resident ratio, and nature of the intimate home setting. Household life is centered around a warm and inviting hearth and a family kitchen; bright and spacious private bedrooms and bathrooms enhance the quality of life in these special households.

With the Robison Health & Rehabilitation Center right next door, residents can take advantage of receiving clinical and therapeutic support services in the comfort and security of their own rooms. While households in the HSCL host a variety of daily enrichment activities, convenient access to the Robison allows residents to engage in an even wider range of community and spiritual services. The Green House model of care offered at the HSCL accommodates those with dementia and dementia-type diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other cognitive disorders.

The Green House Model

The Green House model was started more than a decade ago to transform long-term care and bring it into the 21st century. They have embedded their vision to depart from institutionalized appearance and create real homes while maintaining an excellent quality of life and care in all parts of the United States.

Cedar Sinai Park believes that adopting the philosophy of The Green House Project – real home, meaningful life, and empowered staff – affirms our Jewish beliefs in honoring our fathers and mothers.

It is our mission to ensure our residents have intrinsic motivators such as autonomy, growth and meaning. Our staff bridge the identity of who our residents are now and where they are going, ensuring that their lives remain full of purpose. We provide many opportunities to receive as well as give within their home or within their community. Residents retain options to engage in everyday life activities, like doing their own laundry, assisting with cooking and participating in civic engagement.

A Meeting of Philosophy & Vision

Although CSP implements many of the technological advancements in our workplace, we are deeply vested in the ongoing journey of living with meaning, purpose and connection. The clinical model and the use of technology allow for excellence in aiding the physical needs of our elders, but we place the most importance on building powerful and deep relationship to heal one’s whole self.

The Green House model empowers and encourages everyone, including elders, family members, and staff, giving each of them a voice. The philosophy of the Green House strives for care communities such as ours to demonstrate more powerful, meaningful and satisfying lives, work and relationships.Cedar Sinai Park has always been and will continue to be thought leaders for the continuation of life.


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