Why V!VA Pickering Is a Perfect Choice for Retirement Living in 2021
Published on July 23, 2021
Are you looking for a retirement home in Pickering? Somewhere you can spend your days engaging in various physical activities, enjoying the outdoors, taking up new hobbies, getting as much down time as you need, and socializing with friends whenever you feel like it? V!VA Pickering, our world-class retirement home in Pickering offers all of that and so much more!
V!VA Is a Top Retirement Community in Ontario
Since VIVA Retirement Communities opened our doors in December 2012, we quickly gained a reputation for being one of the top retirement home franchises in Durham Region with locations in Pickering, Scarborough, and Ajax.
V!VA Pickering is ideally located right in the heart of Pickering within close proximity to all of the most desirable amenities. Experience great shopping and fun for the whole family at Pickering Town Centre or get a quick workout in at the newly renovated Pickering Recreation Complex on Valley Farm Road. Whatever hobbies and activities you enjoy as a pastime, living the V!VA-licious life is a great way to indulge in them as much as you want.
Senior-Friendly Location with Age Appropriate City Initiatives
In the fall of 2018, the City of Pickering launched an extensive Age Friendly Community (AFC) Plan. According to the City of Pickering’s website, the goal of this program is to “develop and implement an innovative, flexible and proactive approach to planning for the dynamic needs of the growing population of local older adults (55+ years of age) and their caregivers”.
Eight age-friendly community dimensions are included in the program to make the Town of Pickering a safer and more enjoyable place to live for people of all ages and physical abilities:
Encouraging social participation
Respect and social inclusion
Civic participation and employment
Communication and information
Community support and health services
Outdoor spaces and buildings
Overall, the City of Pickering is committed to establishing as many family-friendly and age-appropriate public spaces as possible for seniors to get the maximum enjoyment out of living here.
We Have a Strong Healthy Living Focus for All of Our Community Members
We like to have a lot of fun with our Community Members at V!VA Pickering, but we don’t play around when it comes to your mental and physical health.
Our motto is “Making Today Great!” A big part of that initiative is to protect and preserve the physical and mental health of our Community Members and provide consistently high-quality support whenever they need it.
At our senior living and retirement community in Pickering, we value total and complete transparency when it comes to the health and well-being of our Community Members. Our meticulous response to the COVID-19 pandemic is proof of that. To reduce the risk to our community and Team Members, we took the following actions:
Only allowing essential visitors under strict guidelines as per our Visitor Code of Conduct and Visitor Infection and Control package
Team Members are trained in infection prevention and control, are required to wear masks at all times, are screened prior to each shift, work exclusively in one location, and cohort where necessary
On-site testing and screening is available
Increased cleaning and sanitation protocols with a focus on high-contact surfaces, high-traffic areas, and suites
Our new Anytime Dining program allows Community Members to choose their own mealtimes to allow for physical distancing and fewer people in the dining hall at any given time
Community Members are screened twice daily, and activities have been modified to enable physical distancing
All of our Team Members are fully vaccinated
These protocols and initiatives have been a massive success in helping us curb and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 at V!VA Pickering.
In addition to our COVID-19 response, we have also recently launched the V!VA Values Seniors’ Mental Health initiative that’s designed to offer dynamic mental health support and resources to all of our Community Members.
The goal is to educate more people and raise awareness on the plight of mental health disorders faced by older adults while also raising funds for local organizations that support the mental health of seniors.
Year-Round Senior-Friendly Events at V!VA Pickering
At V!VA Pickering, we offer a number of fun, enticing, and mentally and physically stimulating activities for people of all ages and abilities—including indoor and outdoor gardening!
Whether you have a green thumb, want to learn to knit, like to play chess, love to bake, are an avid cook, or love to dance, we have a variety of classes and fun activities to keep you challenged, motivated, and mentally and physically active during your time here.
We also host year-round casual, semi-casual, and formal events for our Community Members to partake in. These include themed dances, holiday crafts, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and so much more. The party doesn’t start until you move in, so let the good times roll!
Three Staying Options Adapted to Your Senior Living Needs in Pickering
Moving into a new community is challenging for people in all walks of life. V!VA Pickering is committed to making your transition into your new home as seamless as possible. That’s why we offer three flexible senior living options for all of our existing and prospective Community Members. These include:
Assisted living in Pickering
Respite and trial stays
Experience the V!VA Difference in Pickering
V!VA Pickering is proud to be one of the leading assisted living retirement communities for seniors in Ontario. We hold ourselves to a remarkably high standard and are fully committed to providing our Community Members with the most enjoyable and supportive environment in every way imaginable.
We always have an experienced and attentive support staff that’s capable of catering to your every need. Whether it’s medical experience, caregiving, or companionship, our Team Members are always here for you.