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Retirement Residence

The Unitarian House Retirement Residence include 40 bedsitting units and 5 two-room suites located on the main floor (2nd floor) of our five-story building. Along with our many activities and amenities, residents may enjoy the following services:


Three balanced meals are served every day in the Dining Room. Meals are provided based on Canada’s Food Guide and rotate on a 5-week schedule that is changed twice a year.  Refreshments are provided between meals and tea is served every day at 3pm and 7pm. Tray service is provided to residents during short-term illness. 


Meal Times

7am Continental Breakfast

8am – 9am Breakfast                                 

12pm – 1pm Lunch                        

5pm – 6pm Dinner


Housekeeping & Laundry

Light cleaning and tidying of each unit is provided daily with major cleaning of each unit at least once a year. Clothing is laundered weekly and as required. Residents may use their own sheets and towels however single bed sheets and towels are offered to residents interested in this service at no extra cost.  



Registered Nursing staff is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the administration and supervision of medication, monitoring, counselling, advocacy, pain management, early intervention and daily care assessments. Personal Support Workers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Assistance with bathing is available twice a week if required.



Hydro is paid by Unitarian House.



Residents are encouraged to keep their own physician for as long as possible. If there is a need however, the Director of Care will make arrangements for residents to register with one of the visiting physicians.

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“Friendly, interesting conversations with other residents, terrific staff, great location — I could go on!”

— Hazel Jack, resident,
     UHO Retirement Residence 

“Thank you for the care and affection that staff and residents gave my Mom when living in UH. UH is a special senior’s residence, with a wonderful sense of community, and we hope it continues for many years to come.”

— Mary Hegan, daughter of resident of
     UHO Retirement Residence


My mother, Joan Paterson, chose to move to Unitarian House for the last years of her life.  She considered herself very fortunate indeed to move to the “most wonderful retirement/assisting living facility in the city of Ottawa” as far as she was concerned.


While it is very comfortable and secure, what my mother found most endearing about Unitarian is the warm and truly compassionate atmosphere embodied by the ever-present Executive Director Christina (and of course Cody the Lab) and her entire staff. This feeling of community and kindness is evident upon entering Unitarian, as the visitor is greeted at the door by Jennifer, Jessica and now Catherine.  Additionally, let me highlight the first-rate care of the nursing staff, Alison, while my mom was there, Larissa and Susan, and the entire group of PSWs who provide the attention so crucial to maintaining a feeling of comfort and connectedness.”

— Ian Paterson, son of resident of 
     UHO Retirement Residence

Emergency Response System

Each resident is offered an emergency pendant (button) to carry that will, when pressed, alert the nurse on duty. This pendant works anywhere inside the building as well as on the property. An emergency call box with a two-way intercom is available in all resident rooms and common areas. Cameras monitor the Retirement Residence hallways and Entrance.



Activity staff organizes daily and weekly activities including outings on an accessible van. Unitarian House is also proud to offer various in-house programs run by volunteers and residents. Please see the weekly newsletter for programs and scheduling.


Exercise Program

In house exercise classes are offered three times per week by Family Physio. All residents are welcome to participate free of charge. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings for 30-minute sessions. Residents are encouraged to choose the class that suits their needs best.

Additional Services

The following services are offered to residents at an additional cost:

  • Foot Care

  • Outdoor Parking

  • INR Testing (blood test)

  • Guest Meal Tickets

The following services are offered to residents through private service providers at an additional cost:

  • Private Lab Visits

  • Hair Dressing

  • Individualized Physiotherapy Programs


Residents are also responsible for setting up their own cable, internet and phone services with the provider of their choice.

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