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Ottawa retirement home reviews

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Comparing retirement homes in Ottawa? Not sure which one is right for you? Below, we collect comments from residents and families and add our own expert review of local seniors' homes.

Comfort Life has worked with care homes in Ottawa and throughout Canada since 2002, going into homes, interviewing residents, comparing facilities and assessing the unique value of each. Below, you get the result: a comprehensive overview of select care homes from throughout the Ottawa Region. For Ottawa, Kanata and Orleans families looking for independent or assisted living, or any other senior care, reviews here are intended to help you research and understand your care options locally.

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List of retirement communities in Ottawa Region

  CHART KEY:   Active adult living    Independent living    Assisted living    Long-term care    Dementia/Memory care
V!VA Barrhaven
275 Tartan Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K2J 0V2
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Bruyère Village
889 Hiawatha Park Road, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 0A9
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Forest Valley Terrace
1510 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 7L1
 
 
 
;;Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Villagia in the Glebe
480 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 3N6
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
The Redwoods Retirement Residence
2604 Draper Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 9B1
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Symphony Senior Living Orleans
6419 Lumberman Way, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 6E8
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony
6 Arthur Street, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 4S4
 
 
 
;;Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Symphony Senior Living Kanata
27 Weaver Crescent, Kanata, Ontario, K2K 2Z8
 
 
 
;;Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence
110 & 120 Central Park Dr, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 4G3
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care


V!VA Barrhaven

275 Tartan Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K2J 0V2

This is a beautiful Ottawa Region retirement setting, still very new, offering the best you can imagine in seniors' living. Chef-prepared dining, all new facilities, and a bevy of other luxuries are all important components of life here.

There's everything you might want here. The variety of exceptional features includes the V!VAlinks Golf Simulator, an indoor saltwater pool, and an onsite spa, complete with a resident massage therapist. The location is also hard to beat: close to the heart of Ottawa, but just far enough away from the busy downtown. On the west it's very accessible to the 416 (making it easy for family to visit), and to the east there is Stonebridge Golf Club and excellent walking paths along the scenic Rideau. To the north, there's all that central Ottawa offers: tourist sites, museums, Byward Market and other shopping.

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Bruyère Village

889 Hiawatha Park Road, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 0A9

Bruyère Village is one of the finest retirement villages in the Ottawa area, offering a variety of senior apartments. For anyone 60 and older, looking for a wonderful place to retire outside of the busyness of the downtown Ottawa area, this is the place to go. The parklike setting and proximity to the River make for halcyon living. This is a home focused on keeping seniors independent, active and happy. The Village is host to a spectrum of care levels intended to meet your needs flexibly, offering programs in affordable housing, as well as healthy aging.

You can move into independent or assisted living facilities; care included in the latter ranges from housekeeping to dressing and bathing to incontinence care. This Village is focused on providing high quality health care to its senior residents, an intentional augmentation of Ottawa Region health services. There is a complete array of care on the site, ranging from independent living units to long term care, truly creating a "village" peopled with a variety of fellow residents.

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Forest Valley Terrace

1510 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 7L1

Families of Alzheimer's sufferers in Ottawa need to consider Moments Manor. This offers state-of-the-art memory care in the first and only facility in the entire Region devoted exclusively to helping seniors with dementia. Staff here combine professionalism, compassion and care to treat seniors with dementia with the utmost respect; all are fully trained and receive ongoing education to improve their understanding and the care they offer.

The residence is designed to create a homey environment that facilitates comfort and peace. Care extends to all needed assistance, including catheter care, feeding tube assistance, and help with feeding and bathing. Residents are protected from wandering and other effects of dementia, through up-to-date technology (a Real-Time Location System) available through the residence. There is also a concierge onsite 24 hours a day.

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Villagia in the Glebe

480 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 3N6

Ottawa Region (and eastern Ontario) seniors looking to leave behind tiresome housework and cooking have a beautiful place to go, in the heart of Ottawa. This vibrant Ottawa neighbourhood has a variety of interesting shops surrounded by established homes and local greenspace. The Villagia also features a wealth of onsite attractions including a pub and bar, a spa and beauty salon with a hairdresser, a fitness room, and even a movie theatre.

Treat yourself to the good life in retirement here. There are chef-prepared meals served in the elegant dining room, a Grand Ballroom used for dances and other entertainment, and more deluxe-living features like the indoor swimming pool. Care onsite includes a nurse available round-the-clock, as well as PSWs. There is also help with bathing if required, while care with feeding, dressing and other more delicate tasks can be purchased for a fee.

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The Redwoods Retirement Residence

2604 Draper Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 9B1

A superbly well-appointed Ottawa retirement home located close to the 417 in West Ottawa. This is a lovely high-rise seniors' tower (17 floors) with great views from its balconies, and a variety of suite styles to select from. This residence still feels very new and clean throughout, but it's been established over ten years, and much of the staff has been here since it opened.

The Redwoods offers care up to assisted living, with dressing, bathing and feeding included. The Ottawa Ikea is nearby, as are banks, churches and a variety of health care services. Kids from local schools drop in for day visits and interact with residents through activities like a reading buddy program. For all of the friendliness and great care, there are also a wealth of exciting amenities, including chef-prepared meals, a heated indoor saltwater pool, a wellness program, a pub, and more.

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Symphony Senior Living Orleans

6419 Lumberman Way, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 6E8

This is a beautiful, friendly, lo-rise seniors' community in the rapidly growing suburb of Orleans, ideally located in greenspace close to the Ottawa River. For seniors looking to forget about housework, cooking and the like, or who need help with some daily activities like feeding or dressing, this is a worthwhile destination.

Symphony Senior Living offers a variety of kitchenette styles from which to choose, so you can customize your living experience. Care offered ranges up to assisted living, with housekeeping, dressing and feeding included. This home is also pet-friendly, following from an established idea that having pets provides comfort and improves overall well-being of owners.

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Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony

6 Arthur Street, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 4S4

This is a lovely small town retirement residence on the outskirts of Ottawa. The focus here is on providing assisted living to dementia care, creating a community of similarly-abled people who feel good about where they are. It's a caring place that also provides the regularity of prepared meals, an orderly environment, and professional staff.

In addition, though, there is some pampering here that helps residents retain regularity and dignity, spending time in the onsite beauty salon or in the theatre, with friends. The diverse calendar of activities is perfectly suited to the needs of residents. Pets onsite encourage interaction and reduce anxiety and loneliness.

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Symphony Senior Living Kanata

27 Weaver Crescent, Kanata, Ontario, K2K 2Z8

This Kanata retirement community is the right place to be for those having personal difficulties they can no longer handle on their own or through family caregiving. It's a vibrant community where people interact with each other in a healthy manner, encouraging healing, improvement, and increased independence. Residents receive professional assistance with problems of everyday living like bathing, dressing, transfer and incontinence, and memory care provides dementia patients with safety and comfort. This residence also welcomes respite care stays and trial stays.

For seniors who need assistance with some daily tasks of living, this provides a community of peers. Interaction with others "in the same boat" is very helpful. There is interaction through games and other activities, entertainment offered onsite, and an outdoor patio/gathering place that is lovely in summer. Many onsite amenities and features (beauty salon, wellness center, theatre, and more) add to the positive environment here. The hairdresser is very attentive and female residents feel great delight in having their hair styled regularly. Suites are well-appointed, well-maintained, clean and brightly lit. The chandeliered dining room makes dinner another delightful social experience.

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Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

110 & 120 Central Park Dr, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 4G3

Built in 2003, this is a lo-rise community of bright, spacious modern seniors' suites. Walk inside and you'll find a truly vibrant, friendly community of people living a safe, quality lifestyle. Suites are spacious, well-designed and well-lit, equipped with kitchens and tastefully decorated living rooms; there is a range of sizes, from studio to 2 bedroom apartments. Care ranges to assisted living, with some health services like medication administration and bathing assistance included.

There are many luxurious features to love. There are movie nights inside the main floor theatre. The Main Dining Room features a grand piano where a sing-along might break out at any time of the day. The friendly hairdresser is available every week in the onsite beauty salon. There's also a games room, party room, weekly shopping trips and much more to do. Fresh homemade food is served daily.

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