Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers about The Berkeley. 

What makes The Berkeley different from other retirement residences?

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Our employees are highly engaged and have the residents’ best interests at heart. Our buildings are warm, inviting, intimate communities.  Residents immediately feel at home and find it easy to become involved. Each building is within close proximity to amenities such as medical clinics, grocery stores and pharmacies.

We belong to the Ontario Retirement Communities Association for which there are comprehensive standards and policies by which we are governed.  The Berkeley is the only retirement community in Nova Scotia to have earned this distinction, and we have consistently achieved 100% compliance.  

What if I should need some personal assistance later?

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We recognize that people might need assistance. We are able to provide personal care as well as a variety of additional services to assist on a daily basis. 

I don’t need assistance. Why would I move to a retirement residence?

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Today, seniors remain active and stay healthy longer than ever before. It is important to remember that retirement residences are NOT nursing homes.

At The Berkeley, people lead the same active, independent lifestyles they enjoyed in their own homes, with two exceptions; they enjoy the luxury of more leisure time because they no longer have chores such as housekeeping, yard work and meal preparation, and there are many opportunities for socializing with other residents, as well as both in-house activities and off-site excursions.

What’s a typical day at The Berkeley?

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There’s always plenty going on and many other residents with whom to enjoy it! A day might include taking an exercise class, going on a shopping trip, enjoying afternoon tea and musical entertainment, or taking in a movie.

Mealtimes are wonderful opportunities to socialize with other residents or invite a friend or family member to visit. Residents are also welcome to host family and friends for a private party in one of our lounges or the private dining room whenever they wish.

What about safety and security at The Berkeley?

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Personal safety is one of our priorities. A 24-hour emergency response system is standard in all units. A health care provider is available on-site to provide assistance around the clock. The main entrance is monitored 24-hours a day and the front door is locked as an added security measure.

Will I be able to maintain my privacy?

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While some of the areas of the buildings are meant to be shared, such as the dining room and lounges, your apartment is furnished and decorated with your own belongings. While there is always much to do, no one is ever obligated to join in activities.

What size apartments do you have at The Berkeley?

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We have a variety of sizes and layouts, and each building is different. When you take a tour, you will be shown a few units so that you will know your options. We have everything from studios to two bedroom units available.

Can I afford to live at The Berkeley?

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Yes. You would be surprised by how affordable it is to live at The Berkeley.  If you consider your present costs, it is probably quite comparable, certainly more convenient and with regular access to a variety of social activities. To help you calculate and compare the many real costs of living in your current home versus living at The Berkeley, we’ve compiled a list that breaks down some typical monthly expenses all of which would be covered in your rent at The Berkeley: 

  • Mortgage/rent/condo fees
  • Property Taxes
  • Groceries & prescription deliveries
  • Homeowners’ Insurance (**insurance for contents and personal effects would still be required**)
  • Utilities (water, electricity, fuel)
  • House Maintenance (furnace, plumbing, painting, repairs, etc.)
  • House Cleaning
  • Yard Maintenance (mowing, snow removal, raking, landscaping/gardening)
  • Alarm system monitoring
  • Transportation (taxis, buses, car insurance, gas)
  • Social Activities 

What are the steps I need to take to live at The Berkeley?

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The first step is to schedule a tour of one of our buildings. You will be asked to fill out an application form and have your family doctor complete a medical form. Next, you will meet with one of our nurses who will assess your healthcare. You may not need care or additional services when you move in, but a care plan will be developed for you and regular reviews will be completed to ensure your needs are always met.

Will I have to move if I develop Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia?

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We do our best to keep you in your original ‘move-in’ location. However, if your needs exceed your ability to live independently with some hourly care, then we will approach you and your family about a move to The Berkeley Halifax, located on Green Street, where we are able to provide more care and security.