Our Story...It really is personal
"The Essence of who we are comes from the deep desire that we have to be a
community that people can trust, feel comfortable and secure, demonstrate
dignity, and encourage independance. The journey that has brought us to the
decision of caring for the needs of mature adults goes back over 40 years..."
In addition to their occupations, there was always some entrepreneurial effort going on behind the scenes. In the very early years they built spec houses where Jack was the general contractor. Several years later, they moved from California to Christine's home state of Washington and over the course of seven years, built a large family restaurant and renovated two other existing locations, which they operated and eventually sold. Ultimately, Jack accepted a management position with a large, international wholesale corporation while Christine had her own interior design business, catered for special events, and even hosted elegant tea parties in their home overlooking Lacamas Lake.
It was not unusual for them to sketch out ideas and plans on napkins while enjoying a meal together. This always meant there was another adventure just around the corner. It was no surprise to family and friends when Jack and Christine embarked on building a Bed and Breakfast. The appeal was to serve people on a more personal level than they had been able to do in a restaurant setting. "We wanted to welcome people into our own home, serve them food cooked by my own hands, greet them at our table that I had prepared specifically for them" Christine states. They traveled up and down the Coast, checked out every little community that might hold possibility as a destination location, but always ended up at the same conclusion – Camas and Vancouver was home. "Our children went through school here; our church family and friends were here, and if we were going to pour our lives into another endeavor, it was going to be in our local community where we had roots."
As life would have it, several months before construction began on the Inn, a very close family member had a debilitating stroke at 59 years of age. He was unable to receive the needed services in his coastal community of Astoria, Oregon and so was transferred to a major Portland area hospital, where he remained for over two months. Jack and Christine were the only family that lived anywhere near. His nursing care was being provided, however, he had an even greater need for emotional support that only family could fill. It was a privilege to visit him daily and give “words” to his thoughts and feelings. In time he improved from the damage caused by the first stroke, but three years later he suffered another stroke and was unable to recover. Jack remembers, "During those three years the love for him as well as the on-going personal involvement began the process of opening our hearts and our eyes to the needs of people who desire assistance on some level. "
Jack's mother, although very healthy for a woman of 90 years, went through falls
that each resulted in injury and required hospitaliza- tion as well as skilled
nursing and convalescent care. The whole family witnessed firsthand the level of
care that was provided at several different facilities. Some were excellent, others
mediocre. The quality of the medical care was vital, but equally important was
the personal attention with which it was given. " In one facility that Mom was in,
her body healed but she was troubled and didn’t feel that anyone was listening to
her or that they cared." Within a year she went through pretty much the same
experience with another fall. This time her recovery was handled in a facility that
not only took care of broken bones, but also provided thoughtful care. The differences were dramatic in her recuperation.
All of these life experiences is what have brought Jack and Christine to the realization that what began as a Bed and Breakfast would be a wonderful setting to provide personal care for mature adults. “We made the decision to make it our business to care. That meant changing the type of business from The Fairgate Inn Bed and Breakfast to being the Fairgate Estate.”"We know there are many who would thrive in a boutique style community where care can be customized and personal services enhanced. Just as we have catered to the needs of countless thousands that have attended weddings and events of one type or another, we want to focus our energy and resources in giving exceptional care to those entrusted to us."
Everyone has a story... We look forward to knowing yours
“Attempting to find the best care for a family member who has cared for you is a challenging task. You want your loved one to be treated with the upmost dignity, honor, respect and kindness.
It can be a fine balance for larger communities to give the individual care that so many desire while balancing personal preferences and routines.
The staff at Fairgate Estate has found a way that is personal and effective to ensure the ones you love and care so much about have a quality and safe environment in which to thrive.”
Dr. Finley, MD
Emergency Room Physician