Applewood Retirement Community


309 Lancaster Drive , Salem, OR 97301

(855) 840-7257

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I came here 3.5 years ago under different ownership. The setting was more mom and pop, laid back, with a few activities to keep us entertained. There is a large core population of folks who you seldom see outside meal hours and those you did see was a fairly small group. Then it was bought out and changes began to make this a more modern and professional place to live. We are over 40 years old and time was taking its toll. New owners began an extensive upgrading - furniture, carpets, outside walkway, etc., which is ongoing. Though we always had good help an attempt is underway to upgrade and improve the quality of housekeeping, cooking and maintenance. Yet, with all of this going on only one small rent increase was put into affect. This home is on LANCASTER DRIVE, one of the busiest streets in OREGON, and is close to several popular restaurants, a gym, the LANCASTER MALL, a grocery store and several others. As the resident population changes over time, the newcomers are getting more involved and the activities have increased to "something for everyone" level: Casino trips, luaus, BBQs, billiards, cards, beanbag baseball, western days, and such. Our beanbag team is one of the top teams in the valley, undefeated since the 2013 country fair. Anyone can play, or just come and watch and cheer on your team. Having served in the military and eaten college dorm chow I can tell you honestly that the food here is second to none. We have had several cooks and are down to the three who really have worked out for us. Chef Adolpho has to be one of the best cooks on the coast - each of his cooked meals are a masterpiece. His chili is to die for. Usually, the food at these kinds of place is the low point, but here it is the high point. The owner is an OREGON STATE grad and experienced in running retirement homes. He manages to make more and more improvements while keeping costs within budget. Plus, he's a very nice and friendly guy. We all feel we can talk to him or phone him whenever we feel the need. Lisa, our beautiful manager, has the difficult job of juggling employees, residents, needs and problems. No matter what and how much is done there will always be one or more soles who cannot seem to be happy. I am sure every home has at least one. Lisa does her best balancing job but it is ongoing, practically a 24/7 job. Her husband has a job away from here but has helped out many, many times for ensure the comfort and safety of our residents. The current housekeeping crew comes to each room weekly, makes the bed, cleans the bathroom, vacuums the carpet, and follows a well laid out plan of cleaning. THe maintenance crew keeps the place running, be it internet connections, water leaks, plugged toilets and what have you. All things considered, rent, location, food, ownership, management, staff, and residents, there is just no place like APPLEWOOD. This is where DOROTHY would live if she could not find her way back to KANSAS from the land of OZ. What more could you ask for?

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Costs for Applewood Retirement Community

Independent Living Starting Cost per Month:

$ 1,300

Medicaid/Medicare Not Accepted

Amenities at Applewood Retirement Community

Property Info

Emergency Services: Less than 4 Miles

Minimum Age: 55

Resident Capacity: 138

Number of Units: 69

Managed By: Kevin Ricker

Private Units

Studio Apartments

1-Bedroom Units

Air Conditioning/Climate Control


Emergency Call System

24-Hour Staffing

Employee Background Checks

Parking Provided

Fitness Room/Gym

Beauty/Barber Shop



Card/Puzzle Rooms

Living Room

Recreational Rooms


Full-Time Activity Director

Social Events

Trips & Outings

Spiritual Activities

Exercise Classes

Live, On-site Entertainment

Educational Opportunities


Outside Patio/Gardens

Computer/Internet Access

Cable/Satellite TV

Dedicated Concierge

Pet Policy: Pets allowed

Restaurant-Style Dining


Help with Activities of Daily Living

Transportation to Appointments

Other Transportation Provided

Guest Apartment

Guest Meals


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Description of Applewood Retirement Community


Nestled in a residential neighborhood with plentiful nearby amenities, Applewood Retirement Community is designed to provide Salem-area seniors a carefree lifestyle. We offer an array of amenities, services and support so your golden years can be enjoyed without the responsibility of owning a home or household chores.

Applewood Retirement Community is managed by Sapphire Health Services, a Portland-based senior housing and healthcare provider. At our communities we focus on quality and instilling a positive culture that fosters relationships between our residents and staff.

Featured Amenities

Among the best things about moving to Applewood Retirement Community is that we are a community where your time will be spent amongst friends. Our common areas are designed for comfort and interaction, and you will always find an activity to join On any day, you may find residents engaged in puzzles, bingo, arts and crafts, trips and outings or reading groups.

Freed from the stress and difficulty of preparing meals and the chore of cleanup, our residents look forward to dining on cuisine prepared by our expert culinary staff. And while there are three meals prepared per day, residents can make small meals in their apartment.

Available Services

Applewood Retirement Community features 24-hour staffing, meaning that help is always just around the corner. If something breaks, we fix it - home maintenance will never be a chore for you again! We will take care of the housekeeping and laundry, keeping your home and belongings tidy. Salon and barber shop services are even available on site.

You can select from a cozy studio apartment or a spacious one-bedroom floor plan. Your new home includes a kitchen, in-suite climate control, a walk-in closet and views of the scenic grounds. For added piece of mind there is an emergency call system. And best of all, we offer all-inclusive affordable rates.

Stop by Applewood Retirement Community and see why we are the community of choice for Salem-area seniors.