Joe Fischer jokes that he grew up in a nursing home.
The son of a single mom who worked as an aide in a nursing home, Fischer spent his early years surrounded by the love and attention of “50 different grandmothers” (when he wasn’t chatting with staff in the break room).
Later, when his family owned Edna’s Country Kitchen in Parkdale, he was immersed in the kitchen. “I’ve always been cooking,” he says.
As an adult, he combined these two foundations — seniors and cooking — into a career. After serving nearly three years as a cook at Columbia Basin Care, Joe Fischer was recently named Food Service Director. He replaces Jill Lindstrand who has relocated to Texas.
Located in The Dalles, Columbia Basin Care is the region’s only non-profit, community-owned, skilled rehabilitation and nursing facility. It is home to over 60 residents and employs nearly 100 people.
Fischer has worked throughout the Columbia River Gorge region, including 15 years as a CNA/CMA, and eight years with Heart of Hospice. In addition, he is a certified administrator for Assisted Living Facilities/Resident Care Facilities.
With his background, Joe is naturally drawn to improving the lives of others.
“I’ll always be an advocate for the Resident,” he says, “and will talk to the Doctor and Dietitian to find the nutrition and diet best suited to each person.”
Joe was born in Denver, Colorado, and raised in Parkdale, Oregon. He and his wife, Becki, have three children (Rhianna, Kaleena and Tristan) and three dogs (two boxers and a dachshund).