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Reviews of Lake Bonavista Village - Verve Senior Living

Gain exclusive insight into life at Lake Bonavista Village - Verve Senior Living. Comfort Life’s exclusive reviews and videos give you insider information from residents and their families.

Our perspective

This is the choice for you if you want to live in a truly unique community. The variety of the housing and the layout of the grounds in a hub helps to create a true "village" feel. For all that, there is a distinct effort put forth by staff to make this place home, answering the unique needs of everyone who comes to live here.

This is a uniquely planned seniors' community. While this is ideal for families in the southeast area of Calgary, families and seniors from throughout the city owe it to themselves to check out the uniqueness here. It's a community that includes studios and suites as well as thirteen cottage bungalows. This is another stellar example of forward-thinking in the design and creation of contemporary retirement communities.

There are other notably modern aspects to life at this community including an emergency response system, easy access showers, and executive-chef-prepared meals available daily. But features mean nothing if there isn’t that feeling of vibrancy, something more than just material living. Lake Bonavista Village offers this in spades, augmenting its excellent facilities with a long list of life-enhancing features that includes exercise classes, and planned outings to offsite venues. Adding to the uniqueness of this community you'll find art classes, stimulating presentations offsite and on, and a full slate of other daily activities ranging from book clubs to a walking club to a ukulele circle.

Assisted living is also an important part of the care here, with round-the-clock personal aide workers, as well as health care professionals on staff.

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We interviewed families and/or residents via video conference, asking them probing questions about life at Lake Bonavista Village - Verve Senior Living. Get the behind-the-scenes information from those with direct experience.

Darline Kadonaga, daughter of resident

Watch our interview with Darline Kadonga to learn about the unique experience offered by Lake Bonavista Village.


More of what people say about this community

We've collected reviews and testimonials from around the web that are relevant to you: those from residents and their loved ones.

Jim Brown, family member

My mother-in-law lived at the Village for five years and absolutely loved it. The care team is extremely friendly and accommodating and did a great job of keeping the residents safe and comfortable through the pandemic. The food is good, the facilities are first class and the entire complex is well-maintained. The lovely gardens provide great opportunity for outdoor exercise and enjoyment and many outings are offered for shopping and sightseeing. All the staff are very friendly, professional and caring. The Village is a great place to live!

David d'Eça, family member

My father has been here almost a year. At 100 years young, he finds the accommodations and the entire staff to be wonderful, as does his immediate family. He's mostly independent but with failing eyesight, he needs an escort to go between all the events, and his 3 meals a day which they easily accommodate, like clockwork. Meds given in his room 3x per day by AHS LPNs and PSW's. Meals may be the highlight for him. Maybe not Michelin, but pretty darn good. Highly recommended in 2023. All inclusive studio apartment, with all services, meals, etc less than $4000/mo as of November 2023. Good value imho.

Annette Plouffe, resident

Lake bonavista was my first retirement home to check out. Lbv has an ambiance and a home feeling that you don't find in other retirement places. The relaxed way in which we were shown around amidst the contented looking residents was positive. During my time here, I've found a very friendly staff who go out of their way to assist you. The meals are great along with lots of activities to do. There are many walking areas to explore. In here, it's been a learning experience in the aging process and what you can do to stay active and healthy. A great place to be.

Elizabeth Scott, family member

My Dad moved into Lake Bonavista Village in December 2021 after living in his own home since 1964. It was such a huge move and yet, he picked the best place to move to. From our very first meeting, my Dad felt welcome. On our tour of the facility, residents unsolicited asked if he was thinking of moving in. When he said yes, they all shared how much they loved living there and how well they were taken care of. They told him he would not regret moving there and they were right. Everyone, from the front reception to the dining room (and Bistro) as well as the nursing team treated my Dad (and me) as family. They knew our names and knew what my Dad liked to do and made sure he was ok, every single day. Unfortunately, my Dad only lived there for 8 months as he passed away in August 2022. Yet I am grateful for the love and kindness that everyone at Lake Bonavista Village gave him while he was there.

Cal Chugg, family member

The staff and residents welcomed my mom, making the transition from her home to living there a good and easy experience. The entire family felt welcome to visit anytime and watching the great grandkids play in the pool was a highlight for her. What with the shows, fitness classes, sing alongs and meeting with friends at the bistro her social life blossomed. It was easy to arrange for her grandchildren and even their little ones to join her for meals in the dining room. She enjoyed the choice and quality of food and looked forward to dining with her tablemates and the friendly accommodating staff.

G Lamb, family member

An amazing retirement home, beautiful grounds and building, lots of various activities planned just for residents but the real bonus is the staff, at every level, who show they love what they do by the quality of their service and commitment to go above and beyond in any way they can for everyone. Smiles are the rule of the day.

Darlene Kadonga, family member

The most important thing that I see is the sense of community and caring. You get to know the staff… you become part of that family and they call you by name. If you go into the dining room, they call you by name. That closeness, that sense of community, that you're part of the community, is what I like most about it. For my mother, the most important thing was that she had a place where she could die in place and not have to move again. We've been through the process of revising her care goals to make sure that if something happens, she doesn't [need to] get transferred to care. The support and understanding of the staff in that community and the fact that there's home care there, and they offer palliative care, and they allow the physician to come in is one of the most important aspects for my mom.

Sheila, family member

There are not enough good things to say about Lake Bonavista Village. The staff are fabulous ... The food is superb. Mom is really enjoying the facilities and amenities. I highly recommend this facility!

Name withheld for privacy's sake, family member

I have seen first hand how awesome the staff are. My dad doesn't hold anything back, and I know he is completely honest in saying how happy he is here. Name withheld for privacy's sake.

Name withheld for privacy's sake, resident

I had reservations [about senior care, but] Lake Bonavista answered all of our needs. I'm sure that my sister will continue to be happy in her new home.

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