Highland Place Retirement Residence
Greetings, and welcome to the WRX Property Group and blog. The search for a retirement residence – whether it’s for yourself or a loved one – is very important. We’ve been looking at retirement communities throughout Kitchener-Waterloo over the past couple weeks, and today we’ll be looking at Highland Place Retirement Residence in northwest Kitchener.
The Highland Place Retirement Residence is owned and operated by Revera, a company focused on providing the highest quality of senior living, and driven by a guiding vision of seniors’ ageless spirit. They have locations across Canada, the USA, and the UK, including several in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Highland Place opened in 1988, and it boasts a caring, professional staff, many of whom have worked here for years.
Highland Place is just off of Highland Road West, at 20 Field Gate Street, in Kitchener. It’s conveniently located between the intersections of Westmount Road West and Highland, and Fischer-Hallman Road and Highland – these are among Kitchener-Waterloo’s major arterial streets, meaning it’s easy to get to Highland Place from other parts of the city.
On- and off-ramps to the Conestoga Parkway (Highway 7/8) are just a few minutes south of Highland Place, too. There are quite a few locations at which to shop and/or eat nearby: across the street, and slightly to the east, is the Shops at Highland and Westmount plaza.
There are a Shoppers Drug Mart, a Dollarama, several restaurants (including Swiss Chalet Rotisserie and Grill and Little Caesars Pizza), and more. Further east along Highland Road are even more restaurants and shops (including a Food Basics for groceries, and a Tim Hortons for coffee and Canadian patriotism), and the Highland Centre, which has even more shops and restaurants (including a Sobeys and a Pet Valu).
The Filsinger Natural Area and Filsinger Park are a short walk from Highland Place, and they have a lovely trail and a stream to enjoy. Forest Heights Community Library (part of the Kitchener Public Library network) is a few minutes south down Fischer-Hallman, and further south is the bustling Sunrise Shopping Centre, an enormous open-air mall with a staggering number of shops and restaurants (including a Walmart Supercentre with a full grocery area).
Finally, several bus routes are nearby, including two swift iXpress routes (the iXpress 204 goes right by Highland Place, and it has a stop extremely close to the entrance).
Accommodations and Amenities
Highland Place is a one-storey facility in a residential neighbourhood. It’s surrounded by tall, shade-providing trees, and the shrubbery and gardens near the entrances lend it a vivacious aesthetic appeal. Primarily, Highland Place offers residential suites for Independent Living seniors.
They have a wide range of accommodations, primarily studio and 1-bedroom suites. The price for residing here includes numerous services: namely, most packages include 3 meals per day, recreational activities and events, housekeeping, and laundry.
The price also includes utilities and many onsite amenities.
At the heart of Revera’s service – indeed, its driving philosophy – is the LiveWellTM Personalized Care Program. Upon meeting with your Director of Health and Wellness, you’ll determine a specific care package designed to make your life the best it can be – whatever forms of care would be most beneficial to you will be assessed and included.
Every six months you and the Director will reassess the plan, ensuring that everything’s kept up to date. The primary areas of care are as follows: Nutrition, Personal, Medication, Mobility, Bathing, and Continence. Registered staff is always available at Highland Place (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), and services available include physiotherapy, a house doctor, and personal care givers.
Additionally, Highland Place runs both a Fall Prevention program and a Restorative program.
As noted, three meals a day are included in the cost of residency at Highland Place. And Highland Place takes its meals seriously – after all, anything worth doing three times a day is worth doing well.
A highly trained culinary staff ensures meals are both delicious and nutritious, and food is prepared fresh, daily, on-site. Breakfasts have all the standard fare (juices, eggs, fruit, etc.) and also daily specials (like French Toast).
Lunches and dinners typically feature a homemade soup of the day, two choices of entrée, and a dessert (though you can make special requests). Finally, snacks and refreshments are available throughout the day (there’s always time for a cup of tea), and during the holidays, chefs prepare seasonal classics.
Meal times are flexible to fit your needs. There’s a well-lit dining room with plenty of seating and a café available for your dining needs, and delivery/catering services are available, too. Check out a sample day’s menu here!
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Recreation and Convenience
Highland Place has quite a few convenient services within its doors for residents to enjoy. There’s a hair salon, a library, a tuck shop, a fireside lounge, an entertainment room, an outdoor garden and courtyard (with a variety of benches and comfy chairs), and more.
Particularly during the winter months, it’s great to be able to stay inside but still have access to just about everything you need. In terms of activities, Highland Place has a very full calendar (check out February 2018’s events calendar here).
There’s always something to do here, whether it’s watching the latest Netflix shows as a group, going for a nice stroll, or a good old game of bingo or cards (this is just a very small list of samples – there’s truly just about always something going on).
Painting and drawing classes are available, as well as a wide range of fitness, spiritual, social, and educational activities.
If you’re interested in finding out more, you can get more information about the Highland Place Retirement Residence by contacting Revera here. Revera also offers a great opportunity for anyone interested in one of their retirement residences: a complimentary meal and tour!
You can fill out this form on the Revera site, and you’ll receive an invitation for a tour and lunch or dinner for two (at Highland Place, if that’s where you’re interested in visiting).
Finally, if you’re looking to sell a property before settling into Highland Place, or if you have any real estate questions, WRX Property Group would be happy to help you – contact us here if you’re interested.
Written by Will Kummer