Public Announcements: Announcing Perley Rideau Lifelong Learning Updated 12/1/2017

The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre

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Announcing Perley Rideau Lifelong Learning

“Social frailty – loneliness – is an epidemic that has been shown to have terrible impacts on physical and mental health and the Lifelong Learning program is just one more step we are taking to realize our vision of leading innovation in frailty-informed care,” said Akos Hoffer, CEO.

What: Today we launch Perley Rideau Lifelong Learning with four classes

  • Course information follows at the end of this email

When: Classes begin in January 2018.

Where: At the Perley Rideau

  • Registration is now open

Who: Registration is now open to the public.

Why: In Ottawa South – and throughout the region -- people of all ages are looking for opportunities to learn and engage.


Built on the philosophy that learning has no age limit, the Perley Rideau Lifelong Learning Program offers in-person classes and studio sessions that encourage participants to learn, to grow and to connect with others who share common interests. Different from university art classes or lectures, participants will enjoy a welcoming and collaborative learning environment without the pressure of grades or exams. Courses are open to anyone with a passion for learning, including residents of the Perley Rideau, volunteers, tenants, family and all members of the Ottawa community.Participants can choose from a selection of studio-based and lecture-based courses led by engaging instructors who are experts in their fields. Studio-based courses provide hands-on learning in the creative arts, including music and visual art. Lecture-based courses explore topics through presentations, discussions, short films and reading materials. Courses cost $100 for 4 weeks and $150 for 6 weeks, not including the cost of materials, if applicable.

  • All courses are held in existing facilities at The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre.
  • For anyone interested in teaching a course in the future, or wanting to request a specific course, please contact prvhc%23com|info.Please help spread the word by sharing the Perley Rideau Lifelong Learning Brochure that will be widely available throughout the Health Centre and online at

Perley Rideau Lifelong Learning is made possible thanks to the generous support from the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation’s (CABHI - @CABHIINFO) SPARK program.

Dear Families and Friends of Perley Rideau residents,

Thank you very much for your continuous support to the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. We’d like to invite you to take 5 minutes and complete the 2017 family experience survey. Let us know what we get right and where we can improve on.
Please click on the link below to start the survey. The survey will be open between now and December 11th.

Each individual in the family can submit one answer, so please do share this email with them. Paper copies will also be available throughout the building, as well as during the Annual General Meeting of the Family and Friends Council. Please note that, in order to participate, you will need to have a connection with a current resident or a resident who was here in the past 12 months. Thank you for being an important member of our team.


The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre

Our Mission: To achieve excellence in the health, safety and well-being of Seniors and Veterans with a focus on innovation in person centred and frailty-informed care and service.

Want to know more about Perley Rideau, our facility, programs and services?

Find out more about

  • Resident rooms
  • Maps
  • Images of the Perley Rideau life
  • Catering, room rentals
  • Where to address your questions

Download the 2017 Perley Rideau Welcome Book

Maps and Visitor Information


Visitors are very welcome to visit with residents or join them for concerts, religious services and special events. Visiting hours are not restricted, but visitors are asked to please respect the duties of the staff and privacy of residents.


Each family of a resident on long-term care is eligible for one free parking pass. This policy only applies to residents in long-term care.

Short-stay residents are issued one complimentary one-time use parking card upon admission.

There is no charge for a 30-minute drop-off or pick up.

Residents / visitors may purchase single use parking cards for a flat rate.

Introducing our Veterans' Recreation and Creative Arts Program 

The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre has one of Canada’s finest recreation and creative-arts programs.

Veterans residing at the Centre participate in a remarkable range of activities—from pottery, painting and woodworking to gardening and group outings. Program activities, delivered by a mix of certified therapists and professional artists with support from volunteers, run from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day, including statutory holidays.

All activities are designed to improve the quality of life experienced by the approximately 250 Veterans who reside at the Perley Rideau. The ready access to materials, studios and professional support inspires many to take up new pursuits. The Program is particularly successful at sparking improvements in mood and energy among recent arrivals at the Perley Rideau.

Download the brochure.

Questions or comments, please contact:

Jay Innes
Director of Communications
The Perley Rideau Veterans' Health Centre
1750 Russell Road
Ottawa, ON, K1G 5Z6

Phone: 613-526-7171 ext.2207

Fax: 613-526-7186

Email: prvhc%23com|jinnes