Hello, and welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been investigating the range of retirement communities available in Kitchener-Waterloo. Today’s retirement community is southern Waterloo’s Beechwood Manor.
It’s been offering Assisted Living services since 1984, and as of 2012, it’s also added 35 Independent Living Suites. We’ll get into the specifics shortly, but first, let’s take a look at what’s nearby.
Beechwood Manor Assisted Living and Suites is located at 305 Erb Street West in Waterloo, quite close to the intersection of Erb Street and University Avenue West.
This location offers quite a few distinct advantages: for one, the prestigious, pristine Westmount Golf and Country Club is practically in view of Beechwood Manor.
Indeed, there are quite a few parks and green areas close to Beechwood Manor, including Culpepper Park (which is quite literally at Beechwood Manor’s doorstep), Poets’ Green (perfect for both a hike and a haiku), and Waterloo Park a few minutes to the east.
Waterloo Park is one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s larger parks, and it’s certainly one of its nicest (its intertwining trails, the lovely Silver Lake, and sites like the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery make it worth repeat visits).
And just east of Waterloo Park is Uptown Waterloo itself, which is a delight for all the senses (really; read more about Uptown here). In terms of shopping,
Beechwood Manor has options to the east and west along Erb Street, including a reasonably sized plaza at Erb Street and Fischer-Hallman Road North (this plaza includes a Zehrs supermarket, Beechwood Wellness Pharmacy, and several other shops and restaurants).
There are quite a few bus routes that pass Beechwood Manor, including the convenient iXpress 202.
As noted, Beechwood Manor has two primary types of care and accommodation: Assisted Living and Independent Living. Each of these features distinct rooms, but residents of both can access Beechwood Manor’s numerous common areas.
The building includes central air conditioning, as well as individual controls for both heating and cooling, and there is plenty of parking for both residents and guests.
Living at Beechwood Manor also means that many of the costs you’d need to handle on your own are included in the overall price (heat, hydro, water, and Internet, for example).
Beechwood Manor’s Assisted Living Centre has both private and semi-private rooms, each of which features a full en-suite bathroom. You can choose to move into a fully furnished room, or you can bring as much (or as little) of your own furniture as you’d like.
At Beechwood Manor, care goes beyond just physical needs; emotional, social, cognitive, and spiritual wellness are also considered vitally important, and the professional, caring staff strives to ensure each of these needs is met.
Assistance available includes 24 hour nursing supervision, medication administration, housekeeping, full meal and snack service, and more.
Beechwood Manor’s Independent Living Suites are designed for residents still looking for an independent lifestyle, but with a few added features. Independent Living Suites include daily lunch and dinner, weekly housekeeping and laundry, and of course, the plethora of activities and facilities available for residents.
There are eleven styles of suites available, in one and two bedroom varieties. Each style includes a kitchenette (with microwave and refrigerator) and an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower.
Many of the suites feature walkouts to a patio area (one of the patios is enclosed, and the other looks out onto the park).
The shared areas are among the best parts of Beechwood Manor. The plush, well-lit lounges and sunrooms are perfect for time with some friends or a great book (the lower lounge also features a pool table, a cards table, and a 3D TV).
The library onsite should ensure you’ve always got something to read (and the main, downtown branch of the Waterloo Public Library isn’t too far, either).
As noted above, Beechwood Manor has lovely outdoor patios, as well as aesthetically-appealing gardens, that are just perfect for the warmer months.
A large recreation room is available for the range of activities always going on in the community, and there are also a smaller (though still amply large) media room and a games lounge.
There is, of course, spacious accommodation for all your dining needs, and all the food served at Beechwood Manor is prepared in their own kitchen. Meals are designed to be both appetizing and nutritious, and there are always alternate choices available.
Throughout the day and the night, fresh fruit, a range of hot drinks (teas, coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider), and snacks are available for whenever you get a hankering for a little something. There’s also homemade soup every day for lunch, and baked goods prepared onsite.
If you’re having guests over for a visit, there are also private dining rooms available for your use.
Beechwood Manor offers a full calendar of events every month; almost every day has multiple choices for residents, and the variety is such that there’s something for everyone.
Highlights include ‘Manicures with volunteer Willy,’ outings to great locations like St. Jacob’s Market and Outlet Mall, therapy dog visits, SMART exercise sessions, and games ranging from shuffleboard to Scrabble.
In general, you can look forward to educational events, in-house movies and hairdressing (though not at the same time), horticulture, church service, monthly birthday parties, and more.
You can check out the current month’s offerings here.
Beechwood Manor Assisted Living and Suites is a great retirement community. Indeed, it was chosen as one of the Best Retirement Communities in Waterloo in 2015 by the Waterloo Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice Awards.
If you’d like to find out more about Beechwood Manor, or you’d like to schedule a tour, you can contact them here.
And finally, if you’ve got any questions about real estate (in Kitchener-Waterloo and beyond), or you’re looking to sell your property before relocating to a retirement community, WRX Property Group would be happy to help!
Written by Will Kummer