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Washington County Initial Application Process Update

See a message below regarding temporary changes to the initial application process for Washington County:

Due to a federal directive, initial licensors in Washington County will be picking up renewals along with their pending initial applications. This means as of Thursday September 21, 2023, licensing has PAUSED initial applications for one month [Washington County ONLY]. Initial applications will continue to be accepted, logged/assigned; however, the assigned licensor will start processing these initial applications beginning November 1, 2023.  

NOTE: This applies to Washington County only and is temporary.

Multnomah County Conference Follow Up


On my second day after starting Oregon Care Home Consulting & Training in 2018, I had a table at the last Multnomah County Adult Care Home Conference. I made some great connections there as a brand new business owner.

A lot has changed over the last five years, but it was good to be back at the 2023 Multnomah County Conference on Monday. It was great seeing so many of our EQC students, past and current clients, and community partners. We also had the opportunity to meet some new people, as well.

Thank you, providers, for all you do for the seniors and individuals living with disabilities in our community. We've truly been honored to be part of your journey for the past five years!

- Alyssa Elting McGuire

Save the Date! November 14th

We're co-hosting our Fall Care Home Conference again on November 14th in Lake Oswego.

At the conference, we'll also be celebrating the fifth business anniversaries of Laria and Oregon Care Home Consulting & Training. Come celebrate with us! 

More information coming soon.

Tip of the Week - Small Business Resources


As an employer, it's important to make sure you're following payroll and labor laws, as providers are required to be in compliance with all applicable provisions of federal and state wage and hour laws. 

If you hire staff to work in the care home, you must keep payroll records, including: employment eligibility verification (I-9); employee withholding allowance (W-4); and an employee's individual payroll record.

Labor Laws

Be sure you're familiar with these laws, which include:

  • Minimum wage and rules for working hours, overtime, working conditions, payment of wages, and discharge from employment
  • Discrimination laws and how an employee can file a complaint
  • Federal Fair Labor Standards, State wage and hour laws and civil rights laws

For additional information and guidance, please contact the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) including their employer technical assistance line at 971-361-8400 or email

Individual Option EQC Course


Our Individual Option EQC Course is flexible and available at any time. We offer both EQC Essentials only and the complete course. Follow the steps below. After you attend the interest/preparation session, you will receive the link to register for the course and begin at any time:

Step #2: Register for one of our upcoming EQC preparation sessions:​​

"Again, this is not a job, it is a lifestyle. I want all people living in the home and working in the home to live life to the fullest."

Provider, Washington County

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