In addition to providing the community two days of holiday festivities, the Providence Seaside Foundation’s 17th annual Festival of Trees also will raise funds for a future local elderly care program through the Providence Health and Services network.

Providence ElderPlace North Coast, a program designed to serve as an alternative to an assisted living facility and provide personal care for the elderly, is scheduled to start in February.

“It’s pretty exciting because it’s a different way of providing our model of care,” said Jeannie Frederick, the Providence ElderPlace marketing and enrollment manager.

Providence ElderPlace has been in Multnomah County for 24 years and expanded to Washington County last year. It encapsulates a national model of care entitled Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Frederick said they are excited about coming to the North Coast.

The program serves individuals 55 years and older who live in a community situation, which means they need care but are not in a nursing home or assisted living facility long term, Frederick said.

Once a person joins the program, “We become their primary doctor, their health insurance, and we manage and coordinate all their health care and social services needs, as well as their long-term care needs,” Frederick said.

Most members are Medicaid and Medicare eligible, or pay a set premium to be in the program, and that covers their health care services, medication, medical supplies and equipment, any short-term nursing home stays and other benefits.

“It’s kind of like a package-program,” Frederick said, adding, “When you join, you have your benefits covered, and we provide what you need.”

The idea of the PACE model of care is that there will be enough clients in the program at a given time that the finances will balance out, Frederick said. The clinicians decide what services should be provided to a particular client.

The ElderPlace North Coast center — which is “ like a medical clinic and senior center rolled together,” Frederick said — will be located in the north end of the building on the corner of 12th Avenue and Roosevelt Drive, near Clatsop Community Bank. It will house offices for social workers, caregivers and doctors.

The program provides members transportation from their homes to the center whenever they need a service or want to participate in a life enrichment activity or program.

“We really are a wrap-around program, so for people who don’t have a lot of family around ... we provide a lot of support, because we kind of make sure that all the pieces that you need don’t fall through the cracks,” Frederick said.

Providence is remodeling the ElderPlace center and obtaining regulatory state and federal government approval, which is required before the facility officially can open. State officials did a readiness review about two weeks ago.

The hospital used to house an assisted living center within its building, but it was discontinued last year, said Foundation Director Sydney Van Dusen. The center housed about 20 people, whereas the alternative ElderPlace program may eventually provide care for hundreds of clients, she said. The goal is to have 30 clients within the first year.

The Festival of Trees proceeds will go to purchase a new bus for the site.

For more information about ElderPlace, call 503-215-6556 or visit To learn about PACE, visit

The Festival of Trees will kick off at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center with a Cannon Beach Chorus Holiday Concert featuring John Rutter’s “Magnificat,” Alfred Burt carols and other seasonal music. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The concert is directed by John Buehler and accompanied by Susan Buehler. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.

A free public open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6, also at the convention center. Attendees can browse 24 decorated trees on display and visit Santa during the community day event. There also will be activities for children, such as face painting, refreshments and holiday music.

At 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6, doors open for the gala dinner auction with a champagne reception and silent auction to bid on items donated by the community. The dinner and live auction will begin at 6:30 p.m., with music performed by Acustica World Music.

Jorjett Strumme, a local resident who crafts costume art, masks and headpieces, will be the event’s signature artist. Representatives from the Portland ElderPlace program will give a presentation.

Usually the dinner features a specific theme, but this year, the group is “really focusing on the ElderPlace,” Van Dusen said.

The live auction will feature a slew of gifts and services as well as an accompanying tree displaying a theme to match, which is a requirement. For instance, a Phantom of the Opera-themed tree will contain tickets to see a performance of the play. Another tree will extend through the sunroof of a 2015 Camry from Lum’s Auto Center, for which bidders can try to nab a two-year lease. Van Dusen said there always are some new items and trees up for bid each year.

“It’s never similar,” she said.

Since the foundation started the festival in 1997, it has raised more than $1 million to benefit community health services and programs provided by Providence Seaside Hospital.

Dinner tickets cost $100 per person. To make reservations or for more information, call 503-717-7604.


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