This past September saw The Wellington, owned and operated by Revera Inc., celebrate its 28th year in business. The Wellington is dedicated, as ever, to bringing a true sense of home to its residents.
Conceived and designed by several forward thinking Winnipeg businessmen, The Wellington first opened its doors to a waiting public in 1988. The plan had been to provide a retirement community residence with the services of a five-star hotel and yet reflect the security and contentment found in the present homes of those who would reside here.
The Wellington is situated adjacent to the Assiniboine Forest in a park-like setting of its own, and your arrival, passing through the entrance portico to the front desk, does give you the impression of visiting a stately hotel.
I had come to visit a family friend, a former next door neighbour now residing here. Guided by a courteous staff member to a lounge next to the library, I found my neighbour and another resident working on a puzzle. We chatted and in our conversation I asked the pair what had attracted them to this community. They responded that it was all about the quality of the facility, the staff, the services The Wellington provides and the choices that make every day unique and memorable. They suggested I take a tour to find out for myself.
To say I was surprised at what I learned about life at The Wellington is an understatement. Heather Potapoff, Lifestyle Consultant, mentions that “living here is all about choice – the choice to do what you want, when you want to do it.”
The Wellington offers a variety of events, classes and on-site speaker presentations arranged through local universities, along with many other indoor and outdoor activities, all managed by an in-house recreational staff. Transportation is provided by The Wellington’s own bus service, giving residents access to shopping, theatre, restaurants and a variety of other off-site events, often recommended by the residents themselves.
The Wellington provides a first-class dining experience, with flexible meal options served each day in the residence dining room which includes a lounge and a full service bar. The menu for each meal offers a variety of entrées prepared by the in-house chef. The elegant setting also features an outdoor patio area for summer use.
The 116 one- and two-bedroom suites at The Wellington offer the space, quality and comfort of their former homes. Residents add finishing touches with their own furnishings and décor. Each suite has its own climate control and access to fresh air through windows overlooking the park-like grounds. Full kitchens include four appliances with space for a breakfast table and the ample-sized bedrooms have walk-in closets. Bathrooms all feature walk-in showers.
This solid concrete building provides a quiet setting for the residents, with safety top of mind for Revera management. Modern sprinkler and fire equipment is further enhanced with each resident supplied with a safety signaling pendant should they require assistance from any of the fully trained staff day or night.
Other amenities and services include weekly housekeeping, an in-house salon, a fitness room and an event space for private functions. A guest suite is also available for out-of-town family or friends who wish to stay for a visit. Complementary valet service is provided for those with cars and room service is available when in-suite dining is desired.
“The health and well-being of our residents is our top priority,” Heather tells me as we return to the main lobby where I find my neighbour on her way out to one of the gardens. She smiles, as everyone here does, and I think I know why. The caring and personable staff makes you feel right at home, even as a visitor. The Wellington is not just a retirement community, it is a lifestyle guided by the residents and enhanced by staff who could be family themselves.
Whether it’s your family or a friend that may be considering a move to a retirement community, be sure to make an appointment to see The Wellington. This is living at its finest.