Millwood Manor Retirement Residence
Greetings! Welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog. We endeavour to cover all the topics relevant to anyone looking into buying or selling homes in Kitchener-Waterloo.
And over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking into a range of retirement communities throughout Kitchener-Waterloo.
Today, we’ve come to the end of that particular series: the final retirement community we’re covering is Millwood Manor Retirement Residence in central Kitchener. That said, there will be one final article in which we provide a brief overview of each of the communities covered thus far.
Now, let’s get familiar with Millwood Manor!
Millwood Manor has a great location, because it’s got a little bit of everything. It’s close to important parts of Kitchener, yet it’s also not in a particularly busy area itself. It’s located at 409 Mill Street in central Kitchener, fairly close to the intersection of Ottawa Street South and Courtland Avenue East.
Just up the block, east of Mill Street, is a network of trails along Schneider Creek, and the lovely Rockway Golf Course. The Concordia Club, a traditional German club and festive restaurant, is near here, too.
There are also large parks to the west of Millwood Manor, including both the picturesque Lakeside Park and Meinzinger Park.
In terms of shopping and dining, Millwood Manor is mere minutes away from Kitchener’s diverse downtown core (including the handsome, historic neighbourhood of Cedar Hill).
Downtown Kitchener has plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from, including the incredible Kitchener Market (with international food vendors open Tuesday to Saturday, and the bustling farmers’ market open Saturdays year-round) and, of course, Kitchener-Waterloo’s oldest (and some might say best park): Victoria Park.
In terms of larger stores and chains, Millwood Manor residents need only drive south down Ottawa Street South to get to Laurentian Mall (SmartCentres Kitchener), which features numerous restaurants, and several shops (including Staples and a Zehrs Supermarket).
Millwood Manor benefits distinctly from its proximity to the Conestoga Parkway (Highways 7 and 8), which has two sets of on- and off-ramps quite close by (at the intersections of Ottawa and Homer Watson, and on Courtland Avenue).
In terms of public transit, two bus routes go right by Millwood Manor’s front door (the #3 and the #22), several others are nearby (including the #11 and the #8), and of course downtown Kitchener serves as a transit hub.
The Charles Street Transit Terminal offers buses heading all across Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge, as well as intercity buses, and once the LRT is running, ION service as far north as Conestoga Mall in Waterloo, and as far south as Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener.
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Millwood Manor is a more affordable option than some of the communities we’ve looked at.
Millwood Manor also offers a ‘Short Stay’ program, which is designed for individuals who only need to stay for a fixed amount of time (this can mean anything from recovering after an operation, to not having access to primary caregivers for a certain amount of time).
You can check out the interiors of several model suites, as well as images of the recreation and lounge areas, the dining room, and the main hallway and elevator here.
Millwood Manor is primarily a residence for individuals and couples who still wish to lead an independent lifestyle, but it does offer a range of services pertaining to both security and wellness (which we’ll get into in the next section).
That said, residents in need of more extensive care will eventually move from Millwood Manor to a Long-Term Care facility (these are publicly funded and run by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; you can find out more here).
Services, Activities, and Dining
As a retirement residence, Millwood Manor has a variety of opportunities available for residents.
Services include 24-hour nurses and security on-site, housekeeping, laundry services, a round-the-clock emergency response system, medication administration, a variety of specialist services (such as nutritional and dietary assessments, podiatrist visits, and even a hair salon), and programs ranging from recreation and exercise to religion and overall wellness.
Millwood Manor is a retirement community, first and foremost, and it offers a wide range of activities throughout the week to foster this sense of community.
Therapy pets make frequent visits to the facilities, and Millwood Manor hosts musical entertainment, topical presentations, and ‘Kitchen Kreations.’ Other options include movie night, crafts, and even a Wii Extravaganza.
Residents play a key role in determining what activities are held, and those who are keen to voice their opinion are welcome to join the Resident’s Council. Excitingly, Millwood Manor also offers regular outings, with everything from shopping excursions to picnics at local parks, and from boat cruises to tours of the city and countryside.
Millwood Manor ensures its residents have access to nutritious food that adheres to Canada’s Food Guide. Menus operate on a four-week rotation, so residents will have the benefits of both variety and consistency.
They are able to make special accommodations for residents’ dietary concerns or restrictions.
Breakfasts typically consist of both hot and cold options (from fruit and cereal to eggs and bacon, prepared as you like); lunches include homemade soup and a delicious mix of proteins and vegetables; and dinners come in a range of entrees with various sides.
And don’t worry, there are tasty desserts, as well. Meals always offer residents several choices, and between meals residents will always have access to bread, coffee and tea, juices, milk, snacks, and fresh fruit. You can take a look at a sample menu here.
If you have any further questions you’d like to ask the Millwood Manor administration, you can find their contact information here. Millwood Manor also has a generous offer: you can contact them to set up a private tour, and it will include a complementary lunch!
And finally, if you’ve got any questions about real estate, Life Leases, or perhaps selling a home in Kitchener-Waterloo, please feel free to contact WRX Property Group – we’d be happy to help.
Written by Will Kummer