Frequently Asked Questions

What is Retirement Living?

Retirement Living is a campus community made up of different apartment buildings and three distinct housing options from which to choose. These housing options are: Independent Living, Supportive Living, and Assisted Living.

What is Independent Living?

Independent Living is a housing option ideal for people who are independent and want a safe, affordable apartment with the convenience of our location and access to an active social life.

What is Supportive Living?

Supportive Living is a housing option ideal for older adults who require some support to maintain independence. This option is available in the Manor building only and features an all inclusive fee, (apt, utilities, evening meal, housekeeping, laundry, personal care, emergency response, case management).

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted Living is a housing option ideal for folks who have challenges with instrumental activities of daily living and require additional services and support to remain living independently. This housing option features one monthly all inclusive fee, is conveniently located where clients can avoid the stairs and elevators! This is one floor, versus big buildings, of personalized service where we feature consistent staff, upscale dining experience and licensed on-site staff.

What is a Tenant Relations Navigator?

Our Tenant Relations Navigator is a licensed practical nurse with many years experience in connecting seniors with programs and services that promote health, longevity and independence. She is a health professional who can guide you or family members through the current health care system and advocate on your behalf. She is someone you can access five days a week for questions or concerns regarding your health, while living independently in one of our apartments.

How do I apply for Northwood’s Retirement Living Program?

You can pick up an Apartment Package at the Manor front desk or the Centre front desk here at Northwood. You can also call 902-440-2574 to receive one directly. Fill out an application and send it in the return envelope or drop it off. You can also submit an application through our web site. Please note: We do not require or accept medical documentation or referrals from health professionals; Retirement Living is not part of long term care.

What is the process once I have made application?

Once you have made application it will be reviewed. If the application is not completed in its entirety, it will not be considered. It is important to observe the following points:

Why would I get declined?

We decline applications from time to time due to a variety of reasons, for instance, insufficient financial resources, past landlord checks, and depending upon which housing option you are applying to, health concerns. If, in our expert opinion, you are not the right fit, we have the right under the Nova Scotia Tenancy Act to decline your application without explanation in the same way that any other apartment building declines applicants.

Are any of the apartments subsidized?

No. Northwood does not offer subsidization for the apartments

Are you allowed to have animals?

At the Manor, Towers and Almon Place, you are permitted to have an indoor cat with the written approval of the Manager, Retirement Living. In all buildings, a Pet Policy must be completed.

Are you permitted to smoke?

No. All of our buildings are smoke free. We have designated spaces out-of-doors for people wishing to smoke.

Why should I choose an apartment at Northwood?

Northwood is a not-for-profit organization. We believe that older adults want to live with other like-minded seniors instead of the often loud, expensive, transient situations you are exposed to elsewhere. Older adults often want the security of knowing their neighbours and the convenience of programs and services that are close by. You want to know that you are safe and that any maintenance issues will be addressed. Finally, because Northwood offers over 50 years of experience in assisting older adults maintain a healthy, independent lifestyle.