Skip to main content

Table 1 Characteristics of six sites selected for Oasis program development

From: Identification and engagement of naturally occurring retirement communities to support healthy aging in Canada: A set of methods for replication

  Site
Characteristic Oasis 1 Oasis 2 Oasis 3 Oasis 4 Oasis 5 Oasis 6
Setting Description
  City population 123,798 123,798 123,798 43,577 383,822 536,917
  Population Density of city
(per square kilometre)
274 274 274 88 913 481
  Community type High-rise apartment building High-rise apartment building Low-rise Apartment Mobile Home Community 3-building High-rise Apartment complex 2 building High-rise apartment complex
 Size 118 units 105 units 60 units 450 units 600 units 216 units
  Ownership Private – market priced rental Private – market priced rental City owned subsidized rental housing Resident-owned trailers on rented land Private – market priced Private – market priced
Partner Description
  Partner Midsize Property owner - Large Property owner Municipally owned housing Residents Board and Recreation Board Large Property owner Large Property owner
  Primary Contact Regional Manager Assistant Vice-president Manager of Support Services Residents Board Chair Assistant Vice-president Regional Manager
Resident characteristics and engagement
  Age density* 40% 40% 35% 50% 30% 25%
  Marginalization Low Medium High Medium High Medium
  Initial Resident Contact(s) Members of Social Committee (self-referred) Small group of residents (landlord referred) Small group of residents (landlord referred) Large group of residents (20 +) Information table in lobby Small group of residents (landlord referred)
Environment
  Internal amenities Small common room with kitchenette Large common room, kitchen, dedicated lounge, pool Small common room with kitchen, patio, garden Large recreation hall with full kitchen 2 large common rooms 2 large common rooms with kitchenettes
  Walk Score** /100) 61 63 57 2 23 51
  External amenities (distance from site in km) Grocery (0.7), Bus stop (0.18),
Mall (0.65),
Seniors Centre (7.6), Library (0.7)
Grocery (1.1 km), Bus stop (0.21),
Mall (6.7),
Seniors Centre (2.9), Library (3.2)
Grocery (1.0), Bus stop (0.15), Mall (6.2), Seniors Centre (2.2), Library (0.3) Grocery (7.2),
No public transit,
Mall (15.5), Seniors centre (16.5), Library (8.0)
Grocery (0.85), Bus stop (0.07), Mall (2.1), Seniors Centre (6.9), Library (4.6) Grocery (1.5 km), Mall (1.0 km), Bus stop (0.2), Seniors Centre (3.6), Library (1.6)
  1. Note: *Age density = % of residents ≥ 55 years. **Walk Score – higher score = greater walkability of neighbourhood [50].