Campion Property Group and Verve Senior Living have struck a collaborative partnership to deliver the next generation of senior living to the heart of Calgary’s vibrant inner city. The development will address a growing need for more community integrated seniors housing, providing a ‘continuum of care’ from independent supportive living to assisted living and memory/dementia care.
Situated in the inner city community of Cliff Bungalow, Riverwalk is a unique seniors living development to be constructed at the corner of 5 Street SW and 25 Avenue SW, just steps from 4 Street SW – one of Calgary’s vital Main Streets.
Over the course of 50 years of cumulative experience, Campion Property Group and Verve Senior Living have delivered and/or operated multi-service retirement residences across Canada, focusing on communities with substantive need but little choice for those looking for supportive housing options. This approach enables their residents to have their evolving daily needs met while remaining in the communities they helped build while maintaining a lifetime of vital neighbourhood connections.
The partners’ success to date has been driven by their commitment to finding desirable and suitable locations for their projects, forming strong partnerships, and working with local leaders and stakeholders to realize more complete and resilient communities. As owner-operators, they are dedicated to the long term and strive to become valued and integral members of the neighbourhoods in which they build and operate.
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Fueled by the aging baby boom generation and people generally living longer and healthier lives, seniors represent the fastest growing segment of the population, accounting for almost 1 in 4 Canadians by 2036. In Calgary, the number of seniors aged 65 years and older is expected to more than double by 2034. As a result of this aging demographic trend, municipalities are faced with both challenges and opportunities as they try to accommodate the shifting needs of their older citizens.
The Riverwalk project site is located within the Cliff Bungalow Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), approved by Council 25 years ago, with a stated planning horizon of 15 years. As this Plan no longer aligns with current city-wide objectives, the project team has looked to higher order policy documents including the Municipal Development Plan (2009), the Developed Area Guidebook (2017) and the Calgary Transportation Plan (2009).
The Riverwalk project site is steps from 4 Street SW, a Municipal Development Plan (MDP) identified Neighbourhood Main Street. Calgary’s Main Streets are active corridors that attract Calgarians to socialize, work, live, shop, dine, and celebrate. These streets also act as important transportation routes for those who walk, cycle, drive or use transit. City policy encourages population and job growth around these key corridors.
The Riverwalk project site is situated near three major Primary Transit Network corridors – Elbow Drive, 4 Street, and 17 Avenue SW. Identified within the Calgary Transportation Plan, Primary Transit Network corridors provide communities with daily high frequency transit service – every 10 minutes or less, 15 hours a day, 7 days a week. City policy encourages population and job growth within walking distance of the Primary Transit Network.
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Independent Supported Living units are designed for somewhat active seniors who want to maintain a measure of independence, but require some support. Independent Supportive Living units are smaller self-contained apartments that include basic kitchenettes, and have access to common building amenities and a full complement of supportive services included in the monthly rental fees.
Assisted Living units are specifically tailored for seniors requiring temporary or ongoing assistance with the activities of daily living including eating, mobility, dressing, grooming, bathing, passive exercise and administration of externally prescribed medications. Dedicated amenities and operational areas will include a staffed care station, dining room and servery, activity room(s), laundry, lounge area(s), and a spa/tub room.
Dementia / Memory Care units take into account the needs of seniors with mild to moderate cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia requiring a more specialized level of care. Dedicated amenities and operational areas include a staffed care station, dining room and servery, activity room(s), laundry, lounge area(s), spa/tub room and protected outdoor space.
A comprehensive continuum of care seniors residence like Riverwalk requires a full of team of dedicated support staff, along with additional space dedicated to operations activities like laundry, housekeeping, and food preparation.
Access to outdoor and communal gathering spaces is critical to providing continuum of care residents with a high quality of life, full of opportunities for social interaction and meaningful relationship building.