Retirement Communities and Residences in Kitchener-Waterloo
In this, the final entrance in WRX Property Group’s series on retirement communities and residences in Kitchener-Waterloo, we will pause to look back at what we’ve learned. With this list, hopefully your decision on which retirement community to choose will be made easier.
The list is divided into retirement communities in Waterloo and retirement communities in Kitchener, but first, the lone retirement community in our series that lies just beyond the borders of Kitchener-Waterloo (though still within the broader Regional Municipality of Waterloo).
New Hamburg: Morningside Retirement Community (and Morningside Retirement Village)
If you look at the eastern part of community of New Hamburg (part of Wilmot Township) on Google Maps, you can see the distinct area that makes up the Morningside Retirement Village.
Nestled between the Nith River, Bleams Road, and Highway 7/8, this is a wonderful place for people over the age of 55 to call home.
It consists of nearly 300 single family homes spread out over 120 acres, and it’s truly a community of active seniors.
Just as Life Leases are becoming more popular as safe, fiscally-responsible ways to both have a home and protect your assets, retirement communities like Morningside Retirement Village are quite attractive as options to get the most out of your golden years.
You can contact Morningside here if you’d like to know more or schedule a tour.
Kitchener: Highland Place Retirement Residence
Highland Place is located near the intersection of Westmount Road West and Highland Road West. It’s got plenty of parks and shopping nearby, and a full calendar of events every month.
What sets it apart is its LiveWellTM Personalized Care Program, which is regularly updated to ensure every resident gets everything he or she needs.
You can fill out this form on their website to arrange a tour and receive a complimentary lunch or dinner for two!
Kitchener: Millwood Manor
Millwood Manor is located in a quiet residential neighbourhood, but it’s close to both downtown Kitchener and the Conestoga Parkway.
It’s one of the most affordable options we’ve covered, with prices starting well below Ontario’s overall average of around $3000 per month (prices at Millwood Manor start at $1400).
Millwood Manor is designed to meet the needs of individuals and couples still leading an Independent Lifestyle, but they also offer short stay accommodations. If you want to know more, you can contact them here.
Kitchener: Sandhills Retirement Community
Sandhills Retirement Community is located in the heart of downtown Kitchener, and thus there’s always plenty to see and do nearby.
There are 58 suites available here, and they are Life Leases, meaning they operate sort of like a condominium but with additional support systems and a built-in community.
Life Leases, it should be noted, are typically more affordable than condos of similar sizes and locations; prices at Sandhills range from around $140,000 to $200,000, with a return after leaving.
Suites vary in sizes and layouts, but they are spacious, well-lit, and feature everything from full kitchens to laundry and storage.
If you’d like to know more, or book a tour, you can contact them here.
Kitchener: Trinity Village
There are different areas designed for residents with different needs: the Terraces are Life Lease properties (a total of 60 town homes) perfect for individuals and couples still leading Independent Lifestyles.
The Studios is a large Assisted Living apartment complex with features like 24-hour nurse care and numerous amenities like a therapeutic spa (prices at the Studios start around $1700). Finally, the Care Centre is a long term care facility with smaller lodging but enhanced care.
Residents of Trinity Village can all take part in a full events calendar. Trinity Village is the closest to being its own community, like Morningside in New Hamburg, but it’s also very close to some of the best shopping opportunities in Kitchener.
You can contact them here.
Waterloo: Beechwood Manor
Beechwood Manor is located near the intersection of Erb Street West and University Avenue West, in southern Waterloo. It has extensive Assisted Living Facilities, and it’s more recently added a range of Independent Living suites.
It’s quite close to the Westmount Golf and Country Club, and Uptown Waterloo’s not too far either.
Being able to select the option that best fits your needs (Independent Living suites offer weekly housekeeping and laundry, plus lunches and dinners, whereas Assisted Living has much more assistance) makes Beechwood Manor a versatile choice.
If you’d like to schedule a tour, or find out more, you can contact them here
Waterloo: Clair Hills Retirement Community
Clair Hills Retirement Community is located at the corner of Columbia Street West and Erbsville Road. Its primary options are Independent Living and Assisted Living, though it also offers Respite Care for individuals only wishing to stay for a limited amount of time.
Meals are included, as well as the full range of assistance and activities (Assisted Living consists of more extensive care), but perhaps the biggest selling point for Clair Hills is its beautiful facilities.
If you’d like to know more, or schedule a tour, you can contact Clair Hills here.
Waterloo: Luther Village on the Park
Luther Village on the Park has a fantastic location: right beside the massive, wonderful Waterloo Park, and just a few minutes away from Uptown Waterloo.
Luther Village offers three care packages: the Silver Service Package (Independent), with three daily meals and weekly housekeeping; the Gold Service Package (Assisted Living), which adds more personal and medical care; and the Platinum Service Package (Enhanced), which is for residents in need of the most care.
Luther Village has beautiful facilities with state-of-the-art fitness facilities, well-trained staff and experts, and great events throughout the year. Click here to fill out a form if you’d like to arrange a tour.
Waterloo: The Uptown
The Uptown is still under construction, but it seems set to be one of the fanciest retirement communities in all of Kitchener-Waterloo. It’s located in the northeast quadrant of Waterloo, and it will feature a range of elegant residential suites and beautiful shared spaces.
There are Independent Living suites, as well as Comfort Suites designed for individuals looking for Assisted Living accommodations (services include 24-hour nurse care, and more). You can find all of their contact information here.
Waterloo: Waterloo Heights Community Centre
Waterloo Heights Community Centre is a beautiful retirement community located on Erb Street West, close to Uptown Waterloo. Its accommodations and facilities are stunning, and it is one of the premier retirement communities in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Waterloo Heights offers laundry, weekly housekeeping, and chauffeur service (for medical and shopping needs), and it has its own highly-trained chef in charge of meals.
There are a range of apartment-style suites available. You can contact them here, if you want to know more or schedule a tour.
Waterloo: The Westhill by Sifton
The Westhill is located near one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s most exciting developments: the Boardwalk at Ira Needles Boulevard (it has numerous shops, restaurants, and top-of-the-line medical facilities).
The Westhill has smaller residences for residents looking for additional care and support, and larger apartment-style accommodations for residents looking for Independent Living.
As usual, three meals a day are included, as well as weekly housekeeping, and there are wonderful common areas to enjoy. Check out their website here.
Written by Will Kummer