Welcome to Grande Ronde Retirement Residence

Independent Living, Assisted Living

1809 Gekeler Lane La Grande, Oregon 97850

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About Grande Ronde Retirement Residence

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Grande Ronde Retirement Community is a premier Independent Living and Assisted Living Community in La Grande, Oregon that serves the city, as well as Union, Elgin, Imbler, Cove, North Powder, Wallowa, Joseph, Enterprise, Summerville, Baker, Haines, Pendleton, and Hermiston. No matter where you’ve lived before, we’d be honored to have you call Grande Ronde home.

Named for a phrase often uttered by a French settler describing the area’s beauty, La Grande is a warm and cozy community located just east of the Blue Mountains. It is home to Eastern Oregon University and has many local attractions to visit such as Candy Cane Park, the Cook Memorial Library, La Grande Main Street Downtown, Morgan Lake, and miles and miles of hiking, horseback riding, and enjoying nature along snow-capped mountains.

Whether you or your loved one would benefit from getting rid of chores and finding a sense of community, or it’s time for a helping hand with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), the trusted and caring team at Grande Ronde is here to offer guidance. We provide exceptional resident-centered holistic care to our residents and make them feel right at home with regular check-ins and exciting activities.

Grande Ronde is here to support residents with their needs, but also to help them enjoy a sense of fun and social livelihood, giving them a sense of true purpose.

We offer a variety of innovative, life-enriching activities and events designed to stimulate the mind, body, and soul at every stage of life. Additionally, our community stands out as a true place to call home, thanks to the love our team and caregivers have for their jobs and our residents. We take a vested interest in each resident and promise to deliver patient-centric healthcare for those in need. Our skilled and professional staff, which consists of an RN, RCCs, and medical technicians ensure safety, health, and wellbeing. We’ll coordinate health care plans with primary care physicians, provide medication management, and assist with resident medical needs as necessary.

Independent Living and Assisted Living Community in La Grande, OR

At Grande Ronde, residents experience exceptional accommodations for living and relaxation, with comfortable rooms, an array of amenities, and a welcoming feeling from the moment you pull up. Our gorgeous front patio has wooden lounge chairs, hanging flower baskets, and wonderful landscaping to share stories with friends and say “hello” to new residents. Our outdoor common areas and gathering rooms indoors are at the heart of our community, as they encourage friendship and togetherness.

We have several different rooms including an exercise room, a game room for poker and checkers, a friendship room to enjoy good company, several large lobbies, and an ornate library where you can sit with your favorite book.

Our community has a unique blend of hospitality services and community engagement, with a strong focus on growing meaningful relationships. Our resort-style hospitality services include housekeeping, scheduled transportation, and exciting programs on-site and off. With necessities managed, residents can take part in day trips to Wallowa Lake on the tram or even enjoy a “haunted” tour of spooky places around the valley, sharing a few ghost stories and laughs with friends.

One of the most exciting features of our community is the dining experience. Residents have the opportunity to enjoy nourishing meals in any of our four distinct dining rooms, featuring restaurant-style service and presentation. Mealtime provides residents with opportunities to strengthen ties and create a sense of belonging. That’s why in our community food and dining is vital to the well-being of residents.

Our culinary team creates an inspired menu and accommodates residents’ needs, whether they be health-related or religious requests. We strive to create healthy and delicious options, which include two entrees and several choices for salads and desserts, as well as tasty snacks with fruits and vegetables grown in our community garden.

Frontier’s Award-Winning SPARK™ Program

The friendly and compassionate staff at Grande Ronde are proud to offer our Independent Living and Assisted Living residents the award-winning SPARK™ program.

SPARK was inspired by the teachings and research of Maria Montessori and Dr. Cameron Camp and provides meaningful and life-enhancing experiences for members of our Assisted Living and Independent Living Communities.

Our unique program engages our residents with proven strategies that strive to heighten interaction, optimize cognitive skills as well as promote a sense of purpose and accomplishment. We use tailor-fit assessment tools to evaluate each resident’s capabilities and strengths, so the program can best meet their specific needs. Residents are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities based on their interests and abilities.

From art therapy to arts and crafts, baking classes, bath product class, bingo, bird watching group, book club, bowling, car shows, card writing activity, carnivals, cocktail classes, coloring day, cooking classes, and crazy hat day, SPARK has something for everyone to enjoy!

Additional activities include donation drives, dress up day, eating contests, family movie night, group exercise classes, happy hours, Holiday celebrations, ice cream social, lunch outings, manicures and pedicures, mass services, Men’s club, music therapy, musical performances, national food day celebrations, painting day, parades, pet therapy, pizza parties, poker night, puzzle night, resident birthday parties, Resident Council, root beer float party, sporting event party, tea parties, technology classes, tie-dying events, Veteran’s ceremonies, Women’s Group, and Welcoming Committee.

Residents engage in lifelong learning exercises through our award-winning SPARK program. One of our most enjoyable SPARK activities to date has been creating miniature wagons as fall décor which were sold to raise donations in support of the fight to end Alzheimer’s. In addition to our SPARK activities, residents love to take part in many other events throughout the year, including around the Holidays when local students visit to play piano and sing for our community.

Amenities at Grande Ronde Retirement Residence

Our Assisted Living and Independent Living residents enjoy a wide range of amenities at our well-appointed property, including:

  • Exceptional Accommodations – Our community features comfortable living quarters and inviting common areas including a gorgeous front patio, exercise room, a game room, a friendship room, several large lobbies, and a library.
  • 5-Star Cuisine – A dedicated culinary team that prepares a wide variety of meals, with multiple entrees, choices for salads and desserts, and tasty snacks from the community garden.
  • Social Outings – Residents enjoy our many stimulating activities, including bath product class, carnivals, ice cream social, poker night, trips to Wallowa Lake, and so much more. Social aspects are extremely important in our community, and our Welcoming Committee makes new residents feel right at home with community introductions and regular check-ins.
  • Recognition of Residents’ Birthdays – We are dedicated to celebrating our residents’ birthdays and creating a fun environment for everyone. Our community hosts a birthday party event every month and residents love to dance and enjoy good times!
  • Spa Services – Residents can have manicures/pedicures done for relaxation.
  • Spiritual Services – Our community offers regular mass services for residents.
  • Clubs & Resident Council – Residents enjoy Men’s Club, Women’s Group, and Resident Council, as well as other specific interest committees.

Choosing the Right Assisted Living or Independent Living Community in the La Grande Area

Finding the right Assisted Living or Independent Living community for your loved one is vitally important. Grande Ronde Retirement Residence offers the very best services in the area.

If you would like to learn more about the many services and amenities that our community offers, we invite you to visit our property, take a tour and speak with our caring and friendly staff.

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Awards & Recognition

Fortune Best Workplaces in Aging Services Award
2023 Great Place to Work Award Badge
Family Assets Oregon Excellence Award

Frontier's Award-Winning SPARK Program

Montessori Inspired

SPARK places ultimate focus on supporting our residents' ideas, choices, and independence. We empower residents to create a community that speaks to them. Our staff foster the natural spark within each individual by encouraging new idea and helping to make these ideas reality.

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The SPARK Difference

  • Based on science and research
  • Based on rehabilitation techniques
  • Keeps seniors socially engaged in a meaningful way
  • Aims at increasing engagement and skills as we age
  • Uses proprietary assessment tools that go beyond traditional methods

Lifestyle Options

Independent Living

We offer exceptional independent living services for older adults who are capable of living on their own but enjoy the company of other older adults.

Upon moving in, you'll have access to an excellent community of other seniors and caregivers who provide everything necessary for a fun, immersive experience.

Assisted Living

Assisted living is the perfect option for older adults who need a little extra care but want to maintain a fun and social lifestyle.

After move-in, your loved one will have access to skilled caregivers who provide everything necessary for a meaningful, elevated experience.

Amenities & Events


Art Therapy

Arts and Crafts

Baking Classes

Bath Product Class


Bird Watching Group

Book Club


Car Shows

Card Writing Activity


Cocktail Classes

Coloring Day

Cooking Classes

Clubs and Resident Councils

Crazy Hat Day

Donation Drives

Dress Up Day

Eating Contests

Family Movie Night

Group Exercise Classes

Happy Hours

Holiday Celebrations

Ice Cream Outing/Social

Lunch Outings

Manicures and Pedicures

Mass Services

Men's Club

Musical Performances

Music Therapy

National Food Day Celebrations

Painting Day


Pet Therapy

Pizza Parties

Poker Night

Puzzle Night

Recognition of Residents' Birthdays

Root Beer Float Party

Sporting Event Party

Tea Parties

Technology Classes

Tie-Dying Events

Veteran's Ceremonies

Women's Group

Welcoming Committee

What's Happening

Welcoming Committee

When it comes to welcoming a new resident to our community, it’s all hands on deck! That’s why our resident-led Welcoming Committee plays such a pivotal role.

Gardening Committee

What's Happening

Gardening Committee

Gardening plays an important role in the lives of many seniors, so we offer an abundance of opportunities to plan, purchase, plant, grow, and harvest. Some meals are even served with fresh produce grown by residents themselves!

Cooking Club

What's Happening

Cooking Committee

Seniors at our community are passionate about food. That’s why we offer the opportunity for residents to support in the way that best suits them, whether it’s setting the table or assisting the Chef with a signature dessert.

"I do not often leave five-star reviews, but Grande Ronde Retirement Residence earns all five. Everyone here is compassionate and kind, yet professional and capable."

Colleen L., Daughter of Resident

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