‘It’s a lot like taking a cruise:’ winter stays at Riverstone Carlingwood

Winter stays offer seniors the opportunity to get away from the stress of Ottawa weather and the pressures of home maintenance. Photo courtesy of Riverstone Carlingwood Retirement Community.

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Can’t fly south this winter? Consider a winter stay at Riverstone’s Carlingwood Retirement Community! 

Winter stays offer fully-furnished suites to seniors that want to get away from the stress of Ottawa weather, or the pressure of home upkeep, during the winter months.

“We offer short-term winter stays to anyone living in the neighbourhood, or [in] the Ottawa area, that want to come and try us out, or get away from the stresses of home life — things like having to shovel, or venturing out to get groceries in the ice and snow — or for those that simply need a break,” said Jocelyn Burns, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Riverstone.

Winter stay residents can choose to stay as little as a week, or up to several months. Typically, winter staycationers move in before the holidays and stay through to spring.

With COVID-19 limiting travel options for snowbirds, the Carlingwood team has noticed an increased interest in winter stays.

“[It’s] independent seniors looking to try things out and see what Retirement Living is all about,” added Brenda Grandy, Marketing Manager. “With the pandemic, those that normally escaped Ottawa’s winters to Florida no longer feel safe doing so and have decided to try out our retirement community.” 

Corinne Rossiter, General Manager, said winter stay residents have access to a variety of daily activities, and that they can take part in as many or as few group activities as they desire. Themed dinners, paint nights, holiday inspired events, exercise programs and live entertainment are just a few examples.

“Residents have lots of options; there’s never a dull moment at Carlingwood when it comes to activities,” Rossiter said. 

Winter stay residents can keep warm and cozy in their individually climate-controlled suites. They also enjoy a wide selection of dishes, prepared by the talented in-house chef, designed to be both nutritious and delicious.

“It’s a lot like taking a cruise where everything is included: your accommodations, your meals and your entertainment,” Grandy said.

Carlingwood Retirement Community has been in the neighbourhood for over seven years, boasting a vibrant community offering flexible care alternatives tailored to meet individual needs.

“We’re a full-service retirement community. In addition to independent living, we offer assisted living and memory care. This gives our residents peace-of-mind knowing that we can offer additional support when the time comes,” Grandy said. 

And the community is centrally located at 200 Lockhart Avenue.

“Location, location, location,” said Rossiter. “We’re walking distance from the Carlingwood Shopping Centre. We have churches on three sides of the building. We’re next door to Woodroffe Park…And we’re nestled in a quiet little neighbourhood with lots of lovely walking paths.” 

“Everyone that visits our community absolutely loves the location,” Grandy added. “In fact, the majority of our residents have lived in the Carlingwood neighbourhood for many, many years.” 

Carlingwood Retirement Community puts all of the comforts you desire at your fingertips. Amenities include an indoor salt-water fitness pool, piano lounge with pool table and snack bar, movie theatre, arts and crafts room, library with internet access, and a solarium for year-round natural sunlight.

Contact Brenda Grandy at 613-656-0333 or brenda.grandy@riverstoneretirement.ca to book a private tour or to learn more about winter stays.

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