An Active Life is a Happy Life
At The Ponderosa Assisted Living and Retirement Community we believe the key to a happy life is to be active!
Personal Care is Our Promise
Our goal at The Ponderosa Assisted Living and Retirement is to allow our residents to live as independently as possible. We work with residents, their family, doctors, pharmacists, and other providers to maintain a consistent plan to enhance the quality of care.
Apartment Floor Plans
We have two different sizes of apartments available; studio and one bedroom. Our apartments are among the largest in assisted living in Yakima with our studios measuring 436 square feet and our one bedroom units measuring 630 square feet.
One Bedroom – 630 square feet
Each of our studio and one-bedroom apartments have a kitchenette complete with a full-size fridge, a walk-in tub and shower combo, and an abundance of storage space. Each apartment is airy and spacious with walk in closets and a personal deck or patio which can be equipped with outdoor furniture or personal plants.
If you are looking for a lifestyle free of household responsibilities, look no further, we have you covered! Allow us to do cooking, cleaning and yard work to ensure your days are carefree. Independent living at The Ponderosa has many amenities that still allow you to feel independent and in control without having to worry about keeping up with household responsibilities.
Assisted living residents receive the same amenities as our independent residents with additional medical services. Specialized care programs and additional services will allow residents to live as independent as possible. We offer 24-hour licensed care and every apartment is equipped with an emergency pull cord. Ponderosa has a great team of caregivers on site 24/7. We also have licensed nurses on site 5 days a week and on call 24 hours/day to offer the extra peace of mind that your loved one is in good hands. Pondersosa care staff is able to provide residents with assistance in basic activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and medication assistance.
Respite care refers to a short-term stay at a community serving seniors, typically an assisted living facility. Respite care is a great temporary living option for an elderly person who needs some day-to-day supportive services and desires social stimulation, with an opportunity to engage in activities.
At Ponderosa Retirement we offer respite stays with a minimum of one week extending to a maximum of 30 days. Our respite suite is 436 square feet and completely furnished with all the comforts of home. Our Director of Nursing Services will be happy to meet with you and your loved one to determine if our respite program is a good fit.
The Ponderosa Assisted Living and Retirement has everything you will need for a comfortable community living.
We have many large common areas for residents to enjoy and congregate in such as our dining room, activities room, and fireside room.
Inviting outdoor areas beckon residents to gather and enjoy the garden spaces during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.
Pendant Call System
Here at The Ponderosa your safety is our priority. Our upgraded pendant call system instantly alerts our care staff with the residents name and room number. It works anywhere in our building. It is available in a necklace or a bracelet, and it is offered to all residents on care services.
Meals are served three times a day with snacks, coffee, and juices available in the dining room at all hours. Breakfast is served between 8:30am and 10:00am, lunch is 12:30pm to 2:00pm, and dinner is 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
The outdoor patio is just outside the dining room. Residents are always welcome to dine outside (weather permitting).
The activity room is located on the third floor and is full of things to do! Planned activities are posted daily in each of the main areas in the building. Monthly calendars are also dispersed to each resident. In our activities room we have a big screen television with access to cable, Netflix, and some radio stations. Board games, crafts, cooking, and regular music and entertainment are provided to ensure that there is something for every interest.
Like to read? The Yakima Valley Library comes right to The Ponderosa on The first Wednesday of each month with a Bookmobile which offers a good selection of books, audio books and movies to our residents. Special orders can be delivered by the library staff that day too.
Gathering Spaces and Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi is available in all public areas, as well as all apartments, for all residents to use. Public gathering spaces include the:
Fireside Room – Guests enjoy a comfortable place to congregate and play games in the third floor Fireside Room. A mini-library as well as a television equipped with Netflix is available for residents’ enjoyment. We also have a piano where residents and guest pianists play for resident’s enjoyment.
Coffee Corner – on the Mezzanine level this space hosts a coffee setup and social area for residents and guests to chat.
Lobby – The lobby is located on the first floor. Our business office is located to the left and the administrative office is to the right as you enter. Comfortable seating allows residents to wait indoors when they are to be picked up for appointments and activities.
Patio & Grounds
We have a lovely patio located on the east side of our building, complete with a gazebo, plenty of sitting room, and water feature for your enjoyment. Residents enjoy strolling the lovely grounds or just sitting and visiting with friends on the patio.
Many residents love to be active and walk daily. We are fortunate to have the Powerhouse Canal Trail 0.2 miles away from the Ponderosa. We also have a small track around our covered parking available for residents to walk. We have recently started a walking club three times a week and participants are tracking how many miles combined they walk!
Resident Parking & Transportation
We have covered and open spaces available for residents to park. Residents are given a parking spot under the covered parking area with no additional fee.
Ponderosa’s Activities Director organizes weekly outings to different stores or locations, such as Walmart, Fred Meyer, and Dollar Tree. Residents are transported to these outings free of charge on the Ponderosa Retirement bus.
Residents have full access to a complete laundry facility on each floor. Each laundry room has two washers and two dryers, a folding area, and an ironing board. You are welcome to use our soap or bring your own. Our care givers can also help with laundry chores, if needed, for an additional fee.
Residents are welcome to use the laundry at any time with the exception of the 2nd floor laundry room. From Monday thru Saturday the dining room uses the laundry room on the 2nd floor between the hours of 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM.
Built in 1976, The Ponderosa is one of the most established assisted living and retirement centers in Yakima, Washington. As such, we feel that we have much to offer residents! Ponderosa offers an independent living experience with personal care and health services as needed.
Our community is situated in a very quiet neighborhood in the heart of Yakima, close to shopping, parks, and restaurants. Ponderosa is also in close proximity to Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital in case of emergencies.
Our residents come from throughout Central Washington communities and find living in Yakima convenient to friends and family.