View of Mt. Hood from above the Mary's Woods community

Memory Care in Lake Oswego

Compassionate, supportive, safe and secure

The Healing Garden at Mary's Woods on a beautiful sunny day.

If a safe and secure memory-support residence is where you or a loved one will best thrive, Caritas House is the welcoming neighborhood for you. Intentionally designed for those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia, the Caritas House neighborhood is filled with team members who have a heart for this special mission-centered work. Community rooms in Caritas open into a beautiful sensory-filled Healing Garden, where safe garden visits are an option every single day.

Healing Garden

Professionally designed by nationally known landscape architect Brian Bainnson, the Healing Garden at Mary’s Woods lets you meander along gentle pathways, rest in colorful and comfortable seating areas, listen to bubbling fountains and engage with a variety of plants that awaken the senses and activate memories. Garden features include an ADA-accessible glider, vine-wrapped trellis’ and a custom mosaic wall inspired by the four seasons in Oregon.

Lucynt Interactive Projection System

Lucynt Magic Table features a variety of interactive games and activities that engage all the sense.Some of the most popular activities happen around the neighborhood’s state-of-the-art interactive Lucynt table that can help enhance hand-eye coordination, engage the mind, and promote social participation. Mary’s Woods was the first senior living center in the state to bring this new technology to memory care residents.

The Lucynt interactive table reaches beyond play to enrich the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The table features a variety of interactive games that enhance hand-eye coordination, promote the recollection of memories, and increase socialization with group games. It’s designed to create positive results in the areas of emotion, social interaction, and physical activity.

Through projection and sound, it creates a relaxing and fun environment mixed with physical activity and mental stimulation. The multisensory experience and programs offered are designed to stimulate, activate, and provide happiness for all those involved in caregiving.

Caritas Memory Support Services

  • Customized activities and therapeutic programs 
  • Medication management
  • Housekeeping and laundry service
  • Secure outdoor Healing Garden
  • Private studio rooms
  • Licensed nurse on-site 24/7
  • Trained and experienced staff support
  • Three meals a day in family-style dining rooms

Not all those who wander are lost.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia?

Dementia describes symptoms of cognitive loss for functions like thinking, reasoning, and remembering, severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily activities. These symptoms may accompany certain diseases or conditions. Irreversible when caused by disease or injury, they may be fully or partially reversible when caused by drugs, depression, or chemical imbalance in the body.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It’s a progressive, degenerative illness that affects nerve cells in several areas of the brain, leading to the loss of new memories and learning, and eventually old memories too. One in 8 people over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s, which affects more women than men.

How is Memory Care Different then Assisted Living?

Memory care is designed specifically for the needs of those with memory loss. At Mary’s Woods, this translates as a philosophy of person-centered care where each individual is supported and encouraged to live their most joyful life. Our caregivers work together with loved ones and their family members to develop structure, familiar routines and comforting surroundings, in a secure and safe environment.

What Kind of Nursing Support is Offered With Home Care?

Home Instead’s personal care attendants provide a range of nursing support services, including:

  • Medication assistance
  • Monitor intake/output
  • Catheter care
  • Monitor vital signs
  • Oxygen use
  • Nursing assessment