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Living at Unitarian House

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Retirement Living Suites
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Independent Living Apartments

Established in 1984, Unitarian House of Ottawa is a non-profit, non-denominational seniors’ residence combining both independent and retirement living. We are a strong community of residents, staff and volunteers who interact with mutual respect and consideration in a warm, friendly environment.

All Unitarian House indoor living and outdoor leisure areas are fully accessible. Unitarian House is pet-friendly! Well-behaved, quiet pets are welcome in both retirement living units and independent living apartments.

Located on a beautiful, 4 ˝ - acre site overlooking the Ottawa River and close to urban amenities (public transit, restaurants, shopping, churches, walking and cycling paths, health care services), we offer 2 comfortable living styles:

  • Retirement Living – 40 bed-sitting rooms and 5 two-room suites.
    Includes access to all services, activities and a Registered Nurse 24/7. Details and Application.
    ONLY applications for Retirement Living accepted at this time
  • Independent Living – 41 one-bedroom and 26 two-bedroom apartments
    Includes access to all activities and some services including a Registered Nurse 24/7 for emergency care.
    (Please note: at this time, there is a long waiting list for Independent Living accommodation and applications are not being accepted.)

    Residents’ Council

    To ensure that the needs and interests of all residents are taken into consideration, our Residents’ Council is actively involved in decisions regarding the services and activities offered at Unitarian House.

    Resident Participation

    Residents are invited to contribute time and interests to the enhancement of our vibrant, multi-faceted community. Whether it is helping with the tuck shop, library, setting up or running activities, or sharing talents by teaching others a new skill, individuals are welcome to participate in the smooth running of our ‘home’.

    Community Volunteers

    Dedicated volunteers from the wider community offer their knowledge, energy and expertise to expand and enhance the range of activities and support services available to our residents.

    Guest Dining

    Guests are welcome to join residents for meals in the dining room. Meal tickets may be purchased at reception. Please make reservations with the reception desk at least two hours in advance.

    Services and Activities

    Our enthusiastic and dedicated activity staff work closely with the residents and dedicated volunteers to develop a schedule of services, activities, events and outings to suit everyone’s interests and needs!

    Services include:

    • Library
    • Tuck Shop
    • Medical Support
    • Physiotherapist-led group and individual exercise programs
    • Transportation to shopping or appointments
    • Foot Care
    • Hairdresser (Hers and Sirs)
    • Exercise Room
    • Interdenominational Church Services
    • And much more!

    Activities include:

    • Residents' Gardens (when you come, you may bring your garden with you!)
    • Outings to restaurants, theatres, museums, special events, etc.
    • Computer access with touch-screen computer and printer.
    • Movies
    • Games Nights (Bridge, Euchre, Scrabble)
    • Teas and socials (Tea is served to all residents in the Elevator Lounge daily at 3 p.m.)
    • Concerts with live music
    • Pubs, parties and celebrations
    • Arts & Crafts (Art lessons, Ikebana flower arranging, quilting)
    • Happy Hour
    • Guest Speakers, Workshops and In-Service Training (residents are often invited to attend staff training seminars)
    • Shopping and outings in the new Unitarian House van
    • Cooking Demonstrations
    • Plant care seminars
    • Wii Games (tennis, bowling, golf, etc)
    • Many other educational, social and recreational activities designed to make the life of residents more enjoyable, rewarding and fulfilling.


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