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Reviews of VIVA Barrhaven

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Our perspective

This beautiful, still-very-new Ottawa retirement home offers the best in contemporary senior living. Chef-prepared dining, modern facilities, and a bevy of other luxuries are all integral to life here. Staff are compassionate and very involved with seniors, as many families and residents will attest to.

You'll love events here, including Pancake Tuesdays, golf competitions, live music, and more. The brightly-lit Perks! Bistro and cafe is a lively indoor hangout where residents enjoy each other's company. Golfers will love the Golf Simulator, with over 190 courses to select from! There’s also an indoor saltwater pool, a spa and salon (with a resident massage therapist), and a lively exercise studio where you can take part in classes. For more casual fun, you can also take part in gardening or watch movies in the theatre.

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’s 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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Beverly, senior

This is a gorgeous retirement home.

Stephanie Richardson, family member

We are so happy that our Mother chose Viva! … Mom especially enjoys the fact that they have live music weekly. [She] is always in good spirits which has a lot to do with the surroundings and interactions. Their safety measures [during the COVID-19 quarantine] are beyond excellent and have kept us reassured. The keep our loved ones happy and safe!

Susan Z., family member

Staff are so helpful, kind and compassionate. One Concierge saw my Mom was sad and tearful and she comforted her. I so appreciate the kindness my Mom receives from staff. It truly is a caring and loving team

Danielle P., family member

I highly recommend Viva Barrhaven. My father stayed here for a couple of months while he recovered from a leg injury. [It was] a wonderful place to live or recover. ... After visiting a few retirement homes, I was surprised that it didn't cost more than the others.

Ted, resident

Everybody we meet here is as happy as we are. Everybody gets along. There are no problems. You come into the dining room. You find someone to sit with and everybody's very congenial. We've been very, very pleased with that.

Joyce, resident

I'm just so happy living in my apartment... my windows overlook the Victory Garden out back. It's a beautiful view. It's very safe: there's even a seat in the shower. And we've got alarms all over the place so if anyone gets in trouble all they have to do is ring it.

Robin, family member

At first she didn't want to move, of course, but she's loving it now!

Melissa Rainville, family member

We're so excited to have moved mom [here]. The staff have been amazing and so very helpful, and of course the place is stunning!

Patricia, resident

Carol, my daughter-in-law, she had already looked at this, and she told me,' I think you'll like it.' And when I walked in the door, the main entrance, I thought I was in a hotel. Beautiful!

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