Virginia Cortez, Executive Director of Canyon Rim Senior Living Community in Maupin, has a straightforward and heartfelt philosophy when it comes to caring for her clients: “This is their home; we [the staff] are their guests.”
As a working mom with five children who have either completed or are working their way through Maupin schools, Virginia clearly understands what it means to create a stable, safe, and loving environment for those in her care, and her dedication to the residents of Canyon Rim is evident. She is not only concerned with the quality of care her facility currently provides, but also is excited about the addition of a new memory care wing in the near future which will allow residents to remain in Maupin rather than be transferred outside of the area and their home–a critical consideration for seniors. Virginia also has plans to add a resident garden this year with wheel chair accessibility.
Canyon Rim offers 24 resident rooms with numerous amenities including hair and nail services and weekly trips to the Maupin Market and The Dalles. As I walked through the halls of their home, the residents and staff at Canyon Rim greeted me with smiles of acknowledgement as they went about their activities, and I can truly say it is a well-designed and comfortable home with a true feeling of community. They also enjoy close proximity to Deschutes Rim Health Clinic just a short walk away. The facility boasts one of the best views in Maupin, with a beautiful patio area overlooking the river canyon and all points of the compass. The home is situated to enjoy peace and tranquility, yet close enough to still be involved in all that South Wasco County has to offer.
Canyon Rim hosts weekly Community Meals every Monday at noon, to which everyone is invited (a $3.00 donation is appreciated). 4-H clubs offer connections to residents as does the music program from the elementary school. Virginia also encourages the community to get involved with the Read to a Senior program. It’s a great way to share a good book and give comfort and companionship to our elders.
As I find myself with aging parents, I increasingly appreciate the importance of facilities like Canyon Rim, and I find it comforting that we have such a valuable senior asset here in Maupin, though their residents originate from in and out of Wasco County. Canyon Rim currently has openings for both residents and staff. Consider joining the family, but know that this is a facility for those who genuinely care and respect others. In Virginia’s words: “I can teach skills, but I can’t teach kindness.”