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A place to live life your way

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The Village

Imagine a small community, nestled in a quiet neighbourhood, where people with dementia live life their way in cottage-style households. Here, residents are free to explore and enjoy their surroundings within the safety and comfort of a secure setting. This is The Village.

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The Village

The Village is made up of six single-storey, cottage-like homes set on five acres of park-like grounds specifically designed to enhance the lives of those living with dementia. Sensory gardens, accessible walking paths with benches, a farmyard with veggie patch, outdoor activity terraces, a games lawn, natural meadows and even a water garden are part of this special setting, which is anchored by a vibrant community centre and village plaza.

Residents, family, and friends are free to wander up Main Street, and enjoy the amenities of the Oakwood Community Centre. Or take a stroll down to the farmyard, feed the animals, or get busy in the veggie patch. Winding pathways invite residents to explore, and are sprinkled with gardens specifically designed for butterflies and hummingbirds that stimulate the senses. Our outdoor areas encourage residents to stay active and healthy, and our water garden is a nice place for those who like to sit and watch the world go by.

In our community, all residents are supported and cared for by staff and professional nurses specifically trained in dementia living and support. They oversee the health care required by each resident, and also are trained in person-directed living where the joy, happiness, and lifestyle needs of each unique resident are paramount. Our staff work closely with each resident as enriched living facilitators, caregivers, friends, and family.

Those living with dementia deserve more than just a room in a care facility. They need community, and the freedom to explore life to the best of their ability in a supportive and stimulating environment. Our village is what sets us apart, and it defines a new standard of memory care in Canada.


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Oakwood Community Centre

The community centre is our social hub and gathering place, and includes a general store, cafe and bistro, salon, and spa. With flexible programming, activity and crafting spaces, the centre is designed as a place to socialise and engage in stimulating activities. It is the cornerstone of our community.

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Oakwood Community Centre

A village requires a community gathering place, focal point and centre that brings its residents together. Whether socialising, shopping for the day’s groceries, participating in activities or just hanging out, the Oakwood Community Centre and Village Plaza are that community hub.  

The Oakwood Community Centre is a naturally lit, bright, warm, and open environment that residents are free to enjoy at their leisure. Villagers can meet a friend and savour the freshly baked goods at the cafe, or meet up with family by the fire. For those makers and creative types, our centre offers both a workshop and an art studio. Regular events and optional programming specifically designed to support those living with dementia are available. Music, dance and yoga keeps those keen on activity engaged, and if we don’t have what you want, all you have to do is ask one of our specially trained staff who are always at hand.

The Village Plaza is the outdoor part of our community centre, and is a great place to enjoy amenities typical of a true village. These include a fully functioning general store, post office, salon, spa, and patio area with lots of seating. The outdoor fireplace offers a nice spot to keep warm and enjoy the lush gardens surrounding the patio, or maybe even to roast a few marshmallows with the grandkids.

What makes The Village unique is the focus on encouraging and enabling residents to live their lives as they would normally: whether it is going out to get groceries, making an appointment at the salon, going to an exercise or art class, or meeting a friend at book club. And the Oakwood Community Centre and Plaza is where it all happens.


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We want to make every life meaningful

We believe that every person’s fundamental desire to achieve well-being, purpose and fulfillment does not diminish with age or dementia.

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We want to make every life meaningful

Every person’s fundamental desire to achieve well-being, purpose and fulfillment does not diminish with age or dementia. At The Village, we don’t see our residents as dementia patients; we see the person and their story first. Meeting their basic, physical needs is just the beginning. Keeping residents connected to family, and finding a sense of place in a community is essential for a full and meaningful life — as is ensuring each person has the right to direct their own day-to-day living in a safe, natural environment. By providing true care through genuine, two-way relationships and focusing on the possibilities within each resident, we help them live a life of fun, laughter, love and joy — a full life.

We want to make every life meaningful

Every person’s fundamental desire to achieve well-being, purpose and fulfillment does not diminish with age or dementia. At The Village, we don’t see our residents as dementia patients; we see the person and their story first. Meeting their basic, physical needs is just the beginning. Keeping residents connected to family, and finding a sense of place in a community is essential for a full and meaningful life — as is ensuring each person has the right to direct their own day-to-day living in a safe, natural environment. By providing true care through genuine, two-way relationships and focusing on the possibilities within each resident, we help them live a life of fun, laughter, love and joy — a full life.

The Cottages

Our six cottages allow residents the opportunity to live at home. All the rooms and features of a typical house are provided in each cottage, including private rooms with ensuite bathrooms. In these cottages, residents live as part of a small familial group facilitated by a trained household team.

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The Cottages

The Village consists of six single-storey cottages centred along our village Main Street. Each household has either twelve or thirteen private rooms surrounding an open, staffed kitchen, dining room, fireside living room with library, sunroom, and large activity room.

Each cottage has been designed and decorated as a home. Private bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms are tailored for those living with dementia, and can be decorated and furnished as residents like. Other areas of the house have been made to encourage activity, socialisation and engagement. Whether it’s working on a puzzle in the activity room, reading a book from the library, or helping with the day’s meal preparation, residents are part of a home, and live within a family-style group.

Food brings a family together, and it is one of the most important elements of our households. Our experienced chef plans and prepares nutritious meals, which are served in the households. We encourage residents to be part of the meal preparation process, and to dine together in either small groups or as part of a larger family-style, harvest table depending on their preferences.

The Village is based on the European-inspired household model, where people with dementia live together in smaller more familiar, home-style environments. Households are designed so that residents with similar needs, preferences, or ages live together. This not only makes for a more intimate living environment, but allows for a more customised and appropriate level of support.  

Staffing in the households is a team approach. Households are run by a Household Manager who is supported by a team of Enriched Living Facilitators (ELFs!).  This team is responsible for making each household a home. Household teams are supported by a centralised group of professional nurses.


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Living here is about more than just renting a room; it’s about being part of something bigger and more vibrant. Every resident is a valued member of the community, and enjoys access to all amenities, activities, and support — like enriched living facilitation, around-the-clock specialised dementia support, nursing care tailored to the unique needs of each resident, and of course, home cooking.

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