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Mulberry PARC

Mulberry PARC

7230 Acorn Avenue
Burnaby, British Columbia, V5E 4N9
Mulberry PARC

Mulberry PARC

7230 Acorn Avenue, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5E 4N9

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$2,760 per month
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7230 Acorn Avenue, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5E 4N9
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About this community:

Located on Acorn Avenue in Burnaby across from HighGate Village Mall, Mulberry PARC provides easy access to shops and services, transit, Edmonds Seniors Centre, Eastburn Community Centre, library, parks, medical facilities, churches and banks. PARC’s health and wellness program, Independent Living+, offers residents access to fitness facilities, hobby rooms, nutritious menu choices, exceptional chef-prepared dining, and a Wellness Nurse.

Year Founded: 2005
Ownership Type: profit
Languages Spoken: English

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Level of Care

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Health Services:

  • Medication charted by exception (with no special assistance)

Care options available:

  • Guest stays available
  • Private home-care allowed
 Independent Living

Our health and wellness programs, resources and support are all available to you and will further enhance your health and happiness here. Our exclusive Independent Living+ program is offered at no additional charge and is specifically designed to support you with your health and wellness, increase your mental and physical fitness, and keep you socially connected.

Cost from$2,760
Designated dining areaYes
MealsIncluded (3x/day )
Daily tidyExtra fee
HousekeepingIncluded (1x/week )

Amenities & Services

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Residence Amenities & Services

  • Arts and crafts
  • Billiards
  • Community Garden
  • Computers
  • Emergency call system (pendent)
  • Emergency call system (pull-cord in room)
  • Fitness Studio
  • Games Room
  • Hairdresser
  • Hobby kitchen
  • Internet
  • Laundry machines
  • Library
  • Mail box
  • Newspaper delivery available to suite
  • Newspapers delivered to concierge
  • Onsite foot care
  • Parking (indoor)
  • Party room
  • Patio/Courtyard/BBQ
  • Pet friendly
  • Private bus for outings, regular trips
  • Private dining room for family/friends
  • Recreation facilities onsite
  • Religious Services & Holiday Celebrations
  • Spa Services
  • Spa tub or shower room
  • Spa/Beauty Salon
  • Wellness Center
  • Wheelchair (electric)
  • Wheelchair (scooter)
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Programs & Activities

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Assisted Walks/Trails
  • Billiards/Pool Tables
  • Bingo
  • Brain Fitness
  • Card Games
  • Continued education
  • Entertainment
  • Excursions
  • Exercise Program
  • Gardening
  • Movie Nights
  • Parties
  • Religious & Holiday Services
  • Sewing
  • Shuffleboard
  • Volunteering
  • Weekly Shopping Trips & Excursions


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Our talented culinary teams thrive on creating a daily array of menu choices that are full of flavour and variety. Our Executive Chefs come from high-end hotels and restaurants and you’ll see their passion for food and hospitality come through in the delicious food they prepare everyday. Menu options don’t come down in a cookie-cutter approach from head office. At each residence, the Executive Chef and their culinary teams plan, prep and create their menu options to fit the tastes of their unique communities. Menus are designed around whole grains, fresh produce (some grown onsite in our own gardens), the right amount of protein and plenty of nutrients. In addition to regular well-balanced foods, we’re pleased to offer PARC SMART portion-controlled entrees which are low in sodium, saturated fat and concentrated sugars.

Meal Service

  • Room Service (extra fee)
  • Table service
  • Tray service in suite (extra fee)

Seating Type

  • Open seating

Special Diets

  • Diabetic
  • Low sodium
  • Vegetarian


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Medical Staff
Registered Nurses8 hrs/day


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TypeCare TypeOwnershipCost fromSizeCompanion feeAmenitiesContact
Studio Rent$2,760385sq/ft+$590
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchen
  • Mini-fridge
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
1-bedroom Rent$3,360470sq/ft+$590
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchen
  • Mini-fridge
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
2-bedroom Rent$4,545718sq/ft+$590
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchen
  • Mini-fridge
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Type: Studio
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $2,760
  • Size: 385sq/ft
  • Cost from: +$590
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchen
    • Mini-fridge
    • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 1-bedroom
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $3,360
  • Size: 470sq/ft
  • Cost from: +$590
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchen
    • Mini-fridge
    • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 2-bedroom
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $4,545
  • Size: 718sq/ft
  • Cost from: +$590
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchen
    • Mini-fridge
    • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Contact: email

  • Neighbourhood

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    Located on Kingsway in Burnaby, Mulberry PARC is across the street from HighGate Village Mall, full of shops, services and anything else you need. Within a few blocks, you’ll find the Edmonds Seniors Centre, the Eastburn Community Centre, a library, parks, medical facilities, churches and banks. From Mulberry PARCs front door, you can take a bus to Metrotown, or catch the SkyTrain nearby. The location provides the ultimate in convenience, yet resides in the quietude of a leafy neighbourhood street adjacent to the Highland Park Trail walkway.


    Edmonds Skytrain
    Edmond's Senior Centre
    Highgate Village Mall
    Metropolis at Metrotown
    SilverCity Metropolis

    Move-in Requirements

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    After a personal interview, a follow-up interview with our on-site Wellness Nurse or a Family Physician may be required

    • Personal Interview

    General Manager's Message

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    Stories & Testimonials

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    Real Life Resident Stories - Jimexpand

    “Everything you need is here.”

    For Jim, life began in the Kootenays, and although he left as a young man, his heart remains in Kaslo, BC. So much so, that Jim and his wife Ruth, hobbyist tour guides for 35 years, regularly take groups to the area, where Jim recounts colourful tales of miners and early settlers while leading treks on wilderness trails. Last year, at the age of 89, he hiked to the top of Idaho Mountain, enjoying a view that has captivated him for decades.

    Some of the Mulberry PARC residents have been on Jim’s tours, but all get to enjoy the bounty, as he picks huckleberries from the Kootenay mountains, brings them back and bakes them into pies in he and Ruth’s kitchen.

    Jim and his wife Ruth drove to Vancouver in 1951 in a motorhome of sorts, which Jim built himself. The couple have deep ties to south Burnaby, having built their own house there in 1954; as young UBC students with little money, they did everything, even mixing and pouring the foundation themselves with a borrowed wheelbarrow. Over the years, as their three children arrived and grew up, they added on to the property. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”, grins Jim. “It’s the pioneering spirit.”

    Jim and Ruth’s children and grandchildren meet regularly for family dinners, and have even had Christmas dinners in Mulberry’s private dining room. “They cater to our every whim here”, says Jim. Sounds like the adventure continues on!

    That’s how it is at Mulberry PARC: it’s easy to travel without the ties of living on your own. And with PARC Retirement Living’s focus on maintaining a healthy body and mind through our Independent Living+ program, it’s easy to see how life’s just better here.


    PARC Retirement Living provides financial assistance to senior-focused programsexpand

    PARC Retirement Living was very pleased to present sponsorship cheques recently to two Burnaby associations whose efforts and values are well aligned with PARC’s.

    On Tuesday, July 21st, Mulberry PARC’s General Manager, Jerilyn Lee, was very proud to present a $12,000 cheque to the Seniors Active in Living program at Confederation Community Centre of Burnaby, BC. Then on Wednesday, July 22nd, she presented an $11,000 cheque on behalf of PARC Retirement Living to the executive and administration of Edmonds Health Watch also in Burnaby, BC.

    Both programs, Edmonds Health Watch and Seniors Active in Living, are weekly wellness programs that provide seniors 55 and over with exercise programs and services like blood pressure monitoring, therapeutic touch, massage, eyeglass services and foot care. There are also health information presentations with guest speakers.

    All three groups have an active interest in furthering and promoting the health and wellness of those 55 and older who are enthusiastic participants in active aging. This financial assistance provided by PARC for the programs can result in more years of independent living and a better overall state of health for those who attend.​


    Preventing Fallsexpand

    One moment you’re reaching for that teapot on the upper shelf of your kitchen. The next, you’re on the floor writhing in pain, chastising yourself for having not been more careful.

    It’s oh too common. One-third of people aged 65 years and over typically fall once or more in any calendar year, and nearly one-half of people in long-term care facilities were admitted because they had a fall.

    Break your hip, and it can be even worse. Half of those who do, never regain their pre-fall level of functioning. The good news? There is plenty you can do to help prevent falls from happening.

    Naturally, you can’t entirely eliminate the risk of falling (short of sitting in your chair all day and not going anywhere).  Yet there are precautions you can take.

    So, what contributes to a fall?

    It’s all about balance. Having a lack of stability or the inability to recover your balance is the most common reason for falls.

    There are a number of factors that contribute to a lack of balance:

    • Chronic illnesses like strokes, Parkinson’s Disease, arthritis and heart disease can cause instability.

    • Taking multiple medications or inappropriate use of meds increases the risk of falling.

    • Age-related sensory changes like poor eyesight or hearing, muscle weakness or poor gait

    • An over-indulgence in alcoholic beverages

    • Slippery floors, throw rugs and loose carpeting

    • Walking surfaces cluttered with objects like cords, pet dishes or newspapers

    • Carrying heavy or awkward bags or purses

    What can you do?

    The three most beneficial actions you can take are: exercise, exercise and exercise. Whether it’s Tai Chi, chair yoga, resistance training in the gym or Nordic walking, it’s important to keep your muscles on the move. You’ll retain strength and balance to help prevent a weakening of the muscles that can lead to a fall. The other benefit is that if you DO fall, stronger muscles will help you cushion the fall and help protect the bones against possible breaks.

    If you’re on medications, ensure you keep regular appointments with PARC’s Wellness Nurse to review them, especially if dosages change or your condition changes.

    If you indulge in alcoholic beverages, ensure you are sitting down at the time, and ask for help if you need it to stand up, and even get to your room. Staff are always available to assist.

    Take stock of your suite. Are there loose items lying around you could trip over, or unstable surfaces? Try and clear any potential hazards.

    Try to minimize what you need to carry around. Extra bags and big purses can easily throw one off balance.

    If you have an assistive walking device, use it. Always.

    Don’t be shy in asking for help reaching for difficult-to-reach items.

    Eat regularly. PARC cuisine offers you all the nutritional benefits your body needs. By eating well and eating regularly, you will help prevent your joints, muscles and bones from weakening.


    Through PARC Retirement Living’s Independent Living+ program, we have a full complement of resources and services to help promote your health through active aging. We offer exercise classes, a gym, wellness nurse, chauffeur service, PARC SMART nutritional options and more. By actively utilizing these resources, you’ll be doing your best to prevent muscle deterioration, helping to prevent falls.



    Real Life Resident Stories - Margaretexpand

     “This was a good move.”

    Margaret moved into independent retirement living some years sooner than she had planned, and she hasn’t regretted it for a minute. While researching where she might like to live once her own home got too much to manage, Margaret found she liked the lifestyle at and location of Mulberry PARC. When she received a phone call to say a suite fitting her exact wish list had become available, she thought “why not” and moved in.

    Margaret took up cycling in her 40s, and has been a member of the Cross Canada Cycle Tour Society ever since. As a nurse who worked in geriatrics, she had seen people who aged with difficulty, but as part of the Society, “I met seniors who were so vibrant, healthy and enjoying life”, she says. Margaret found it so inspiring that she still makes weekly trips to Richmond to meet up with a seniors cycling group for a 30km ride, and she regularly pedals around Burnaby, via nearby trails, to attend medical appointments and go shopping.

    At Mulberry, Margaret is thoroughly enjoying the outings, meals, social aspect, and most of all, the opportunities to keep active, both mentally and physically. “When I first moved in, I used to drag myself up the stairs, but now my knees are much better”, she says, speaking of the PARCfit program. “Maybe my enthusiasm will encourage younger people to move in!”

    That’s how it is at Mulberry PARC: Residents get involved. They stay active.  And pursue passions. They eat healthier and laugh more. And with PARC’s focus on maintaining a healthy body and mind through our Independent Living+ program, it’s easy to see how life’s just better here.



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    This is a superb retirement community in the heart of Burnaby for independent seniors who want to feel rejuvenated and revitalized. PARC is the maker of numerous excellent retirement communities throughout the Greater Vancouver area, and Mulberry is a fine example of their work in a prime suburban location.

    Interior amenities include a fireplace lounge, library and billiards room, along with a spa. There's an elegantly appointed main floor dining room, serving chef-prepared meals and desserts. You'll love the spacious patio on the outdoor terrace, ideal for summer visits with family, to play chess with the giant chess set, or to just sit out and bask in the sunshine. Suites are decorated in very tasteful colours and styles, with spectacular views of the city; included are spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers and other modern features ideal for seniors.

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