St. Andrews Place, at 520 E. Park Avenue in Port Angeles is one of the best run assisted living centers imaginable. Their dedicated staff care for more than 40 full time residents at the center behind St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Park Ave.
St. Andrews opened almost 20 years ago. Most of their kitchen appliances are the original ones in place upon opening. Recently the staff and management started a fund raising drive to furnish new appliances and a general renovation of the kitchen. Their goal of $70,000 was soon met and their dreams of a new kitchen is almost at hand. Donations ranged from ten dollars to a few thousand dollars. Of note are gifts from the First Federal Foundation, St. Andrews Church, St. Agnes’s Guild, Canterbury Manor, residents, staff, family members of staff and family-members of residents of St. Andrews.
St. Andrews prides itself in making it a place to call home. “Our focus is to create a caring, safe environment for our seniors so they can thrive-not just survive,” Said Laura Dodd, St. Andrews’ Administrator.
“What is unique about us, besides the best staff in the world, is we accept Medicaid,” said Dodd. “In fact, we are the only assisted living facility in Clallam County that accepts Medicaid. If a resident cannot afford the normal cost of assisted living, sometimes over $5,000 per month, we are here for them–that is the benefit of accepting Medicaid,” she continued. “Our loving care is evident from the Board of Directors all the way to the Management and Staff.
People who come to live with us are like our extended family. We not only look after their needs but, once we get to know them, we can anticipate their needs and meet them. We have an energetic activities director who loves to get the residents involved in everything from coloring Easter Eggs in-house to visiting parks and beaches,” she said. When asked the average stay at St. Andrews Place Dodd replied, “we have a couple of people who have been here since opening, 19 years ago. The usual stay is 3-5 years.” When asked what else is on their “wish list” Dodd responded, “We need new chairs for the dining room, we would like to upgrade the washers and dryers and remodel the front desk.”
What is the most important item on their wish list? “We would love to have more land to build more housing for more residents,” said Dodd. With the success of this most recent fundraising venture there is no doubt–big things are in store for St. Andrews Place.