Manager Doug Dickson answers the FAQs about Cottonwood Manor.
1. How long is the waitlist?
It depends what kind of apartment you want, but Dickson says it’s at least six months and much longer for rentals. To get on the waitlist, join the co-op for $250. If you cancel your membership, you get $200 back.
2. Are pets welcome?
Sadly, no. To protect residents who have allergies, pet owners who want to join the Cottonwood community will need to find a new home for their furry friends.
3. What are the age limits?
You need to be at least 55, but the average age is more like 75. “Our oldest resident is 95 or thereabouts, and is still driving, active and getting around without a walker or cane. It’s very inspiring!” says Dickson.
4. How much storage is there?
It’s an older property, which means that condos are larger than average – between 790 sq ft and 1,300 sq ft. Each suite also has a separate storage locker, usually just down the hall from the apartment. “It’s around 4 ft by 8 ft and 7 ft high – ideal for items you don’t use very often or things like a deep freeze,” says Dickson.
5. What kind of social opportunities are there?
Whatever you want! “There’s no obligation to participate in any activities, but we do like to see people get together and enjoy each others’ company,” says Dickson. “Everyone is welcome to come down and have coffee and enjoy card games, or go over to the North Shore Community Centre and take part in an exercise or class.”
6. Is nursing care or cleaning available?
This is not provided by the team at Cottonwood, but it’s easy to get recommendations from current residents.
7. I have a heart condition and am worried about being on my own. Will someone check in on me?
There’s no monitoring by the team, but neighbours will usually take care of that. “They’ll give a knock in the morning and a phone call at night but not in an intrusive way – just as friends do,” says Dickson. They will then alert staff if a resident hasn’t been seen for a while. “We also encourage people to let the staff know if they’ll be away on vacation – lots of our residents are active and on the go all the time.”
Cottonwood Manor is at 730 Cottonwood Avenue. For more information, visit Cottonwoodmanor.ca, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-376-4777.