Meet Our Admission Team


Thank you for considering Columbia Basin Care. As the region’s only community-owned, nonprofit, skilled nursing facility, we have a team of professionals eager to help fulfill your needs for long-term care and short-term rehabilitation.

For Admission information & requests, please contact:

Aubree Olmstead
Executive Director
541.296.2156 ext 3213

Leana Tennison
Director of Nursing
541.296.2156 ext 3223

Let’s work together toward our shared goal: health, happiness & safety for all.


Write On!



Join us for a special event to celebrate the Columbia Basin Writers, our very own creative writing group.

To mark National Poetry Month, we’re sharing stories & poems, memories & music — with snacks and good cheer. It’s free and fun, and you’re invited.

The Columbia Basin Writers is a group that meets monthly. Using creative prompts as a springboard to expression, writers, along with volunteer scribes, explore the senses, memory, experiences and more.

Please join us in celebrating the act of expression & the power of sharing our stories.




Keep Moving!


norm-exercising-side-view“I feel good when I pedal,” says Norm, as he works the stationary bicycle at Columbia Basin Care. “It reminds me of when I use to cycle. It gets the body and blood flowing, and helps my mind too.”

While our expert team of physical, occupational and speech therapists provide rehab care for short-term residents, Columbia Basin offers programs and activities to keep long-term residents active and healthy too.

The Restorative Exercise programs offer short supervised exercise sessions led by a licensed Restorative Aide. Exercises are tailored to individual needs, and take place in the second floor therapy room. The space is equipped with a variety of exercise equipment, including bicycles for strengthening and grab bars for balance exercises. Sessions typically run 15 minutes, two to three times per week.

marlene-and-carla-therapyMost everyone looks forward to their session, says Marlene Marick, the licensed Restorative Aide overseeing Columbia Basin’s exercise program. Approximately 25 residents take part.

“They get results,” Marlene says. “They feel better, with more strength, more mobility, and better balance.”

In addition, a variety of games and activities complement the structured exercise sessions. Bean bag toss, bocce ball, and whack-a-noodle (held in the Activity Room on the first floor) are excellent opportunities to stretch and strengthen muscles, and also improve balance and mobility — while having fun.

beanbag-toss-beverly“I need to exercise,” says Carla. “I need to do this.”

She’s always happy to head to the therapy room for a session of restorative movement.

“This strengthens my legs and makes me feel like I’m doing something,” she says. “You gotta move it or lose it.”


Easter Fever!


We’ve got all the symptoms of Easter Fever:  colorful eggs, silly sunnies, and contagious joy.

All week long we marked the season; we decorated eggs, created egg-cellent paintings, hunted for treasure, nibbled on candies. Together we celebrated the start of spring.


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