Looking Good!



We love Beauty Tuesdays! Every week Wanda Olson, Columbia Basin’s on-site hair stylist, makes us look good — and she’s got a following. Residents, former residents, and spouses come to Columbia Basin to freshen up their ‘do. Low rates and easy access make this hair salon a top amenity.

“This place is remarkable,” says Donna Smith, a past resident. Over the winter she spent six weeks at Columbia Basin Care gaining strength after surgery. Now back at home, she regularly visits Columbia Basin for Wanda’s skilled cut and style.  “It’s not the Columbia Basin of years ago. I tell people all the time how wonderful it is. The staff, the care, the food is all topnotch!”

11416132_1447565462205138_7681647035609593668_n-1Frances Little agrees. Stylish and cheery, when Frances visits her husband, she makes time for a hair appointment, too.

Also on Tuesdays, Alesia, our Activities Director, offers complimentary manicures. One of our more popular services, the demand is strong and the appreciation is abundant.

“It makes me feel good to have some color,” says Lucille Virgil, admiring her manicure.

Columbia Basin named “Best Nursing Home”


Columbia Basin Care recently earned a coveted Five Star Rating, based on state inspections. As such, Columbia Basin has been named among “Best Nursing Homes” by U.S. News & World Report.

The rating is determined by health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of medical care.

“We work hard to provide excellent care for our residents,” says Geoffrey Gerding, executive director. “This five-star rating is a great affirmation of the dedication and skill of our team.”

Columbia Basin Care, located in The Dalles (1.5 hours east of Portland), is the region’s only non-profit, skilled rehabilitation and nursing facility.

The facility offers the area’s only in-house geriatric nurse practitioner, along with a team of licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists who provide comprehensive rehabilitation and restorative services. Operating with a resident-centered approach, Columbia Basin emphasizes personal attention and continuity of care.

U.S. News & World Report publishes the top nursing homes in every state, covering almost 16,000 nursing homes nationwide. Best Nursing Homes is designed to help people who will spend at least some time in a nursing home in 2015 rehabbing after a hospital stay or as long-term residents.

“Good Food, Good Care.”

letter to editor

letter to editor
How was your stay? We like hearing from you.
Donna Smith, a recent resident at Columbia Basin, shared her experience in a letter to the editor of the local newspaper. Her kind words and honest feedback warms our hearts and fuels our efforts. Thank you Donna!

To the Editor of The Dalles Chronicle:

Wow! Surprising! I bet these are words you have never heard used to describe Columbia Basin Care Facility.

I had a severe accident in January and was told I would be laid up for several months and would have to go to this facility for therapy.

What an awesome transformation from what I remember in the 50s, and even the 90s. My room was quite spacious, clean and extremely comfortable. I even had my own television.

I had a choice of having my meals served in my room or going to the very enjoyable dining area. I was welcomed by the other residents and was able to select from a very varied menu and coming from a very picky eater, that is really saying something. They even had a large living room where residents could invite their company to sit and visit. I used this on several occasions to entertain my friends from Curves, and also took advantage of the beauty parlor that was open every Tuesday.

The activity department has something going on every day, whether it was bingo, music, games or whatever. The only drawback being that the room needed to be larger to accommodate more guests.

I can’t say enough nice things about the staff. They called us all by name, introduced themselves to each of us at shift changes and checked to see if there was anything we needed. I was encouraged to tell them about any changes that I thought needed to be made.

With the help of the outstanding staff in the physical therapy department, I was taught how to use a wheelchair, walker and tools to do things safely. It was important to them, and me, that I could act independently with all the tools I would need when I got home. It did take me six weeks to get to that goal. It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks.

If you haven’t been to Columbia Basin the past few years, I would encourage you to check them out. My 95-year-old mother was even impressed when she came to visit me. She stated it was sure a lot different than she remembered and she would even like to go there if and when she ever needed assistance.

I never thought I would say this when I was told where I had to go when I left the hospital, but thank you Columbia Basin for my six-week “spa retreat.”

Donna Smith
The Dalles