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5/18/2021 | By Seniors Guide Staff

Welcome Growth for Covington’s only Personal Care Home for Women

For 135 consecutive years, The Victorian at Riverside, located in the charming heart of the Licking River Historic District of Covington, Kentucky, minutes from Downtown Cincinnati, has served as the region’s only personal care retirement home exclusively for senior women. Nestled among the tree-lined streets of a quiet residential neighborhood, The Victorian at Riverside’s campus fits serenely into the surroundings. Its majestic Victorian-era mansion-house old wing and state-of-the-art new residential wing combine the best of days-gone-by charm with the most modern and safe accommodation available anywhere.

The Victorian at Riverside

An Unrivaled Value

As a non-profit facility, The Victorian at Riverside offers residents an unparalleled value, with amenities matching those of the most exclusive facilities, but among the most reasonable and competitive rates available. Top-notch service and accommodations at affordable prices have been and will remain the Board’s commitment to the region’s Senior women! All of the services, including 24-hour-a-day and seven-day-a week on-call nursing, laundry, all meals, snacks, activities, parties, day trips and much more are all-inclusive at The Victorian at Riverside – no hidden charges or a la carte fees.

Nutritious, delicious and varied chef-prepared meals are served restaurant style on China plates each day, in the spacious and light-filled dining room, creating a relaxed home-like social experience for the residents. There are no bland cafeteria-style meals at VAR because good nutrition is essential to maintaining a healthy appetite and lifestyle for senior women. Specially themed holiday meals, fun party-night fare, and mouth-watering snacks are all on the menu at The Victorian at Riverside, besides the three main daily offerings.

The Victorian at Riverside

Keeping Residents Active

In addition to the fun games and enriching and stimulating programs and crafting experiences offered on campus, interested residents can partake in a host of free day trips around Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. These staff-chaperoned excursions to museums, concerts, cultural events, and historic sites are key to improving residents’ interaction with the world and encouraging social interaction and friendships among the women. The comfortable and safe luxury van transportation for The Victorian at Riverside’s day trips is handled by Executive Transportation, Cincinnati’s premier limousine service, and is free to the residents.

The unique atmosphere and value offered by The Victorian at Riverside is a direct result of the philosophy of its founder, nationally known philanthropist and pioneering women’s issues leader Ellen Battelle Dietrick. Her family, the Battelles, were among the nation’s leading philanthropists of the era, endowing museums, educational projects and the still internationally famous Battelle Institute, a non-profit science research organization in Columbus, Ohio.

A Woman, a Vision, a Success

The Victorian at Riverside founder
Ellen Battelle Dietrick

With her own sense of civic pride and service, Ellen envisioned a non-profit, affordable, but well-appointed personal care retirement home that was just for senior women, meeting their unique needs, requirements and interests. In 1886, she laid the financial and organizational framework to help create and endow what would become The Victorian at Riverside.

Though much has changed since Ellen’s time, she is still much respected as one of the nation’s leading advocates that helped win the right for women to vote and is much honored for her part in establishing The Victorian at Riverside. The street running alongside the VAR campus was renamed Battelle Lane by the City of Covington and there is a historic notice with her likeness placed near the building. The Victorian at Riverside annually hands out the “Ellen Awards” at its gala, presented to select Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky women who exemplify the community spirit and commitment of its founder. Over the last few years these have become much sought-after honors and the recipients represent some of the region’s brightest leaders.

New Developments at The Victorian at Riverside

This year is the most important year in The Victorian at Riverside’s history since its founding. In May 2021, the campus will celebrate the grand opening of a $6 million state-of-the-art new residence wing. Years in planning and designed by the highly respected firm of Robert Ehmet Hayes & Associates Architects and constructed by industry-leading Ashley Builders, the brick addition seamlessly blends into the Victorian-era old wing. T

here will be 40 private rooms, all on one ground-level floor, each with en suite bathrooms and every room with a window view. There is an enclosed courtyard with fountain and gazebo for residents to relax by or visit with family. There is also a health care center, spa with whirlpool, multiple common living and gathering rooms, movie projection space, an activity room with a two-story window for enhanced lighting and much, much more. A professional hairdressing salon is also available to residents.

The Victorian at Riverside is a cutting-edge, boutique personal care retirement home that offers affordable pricing without sacrificing quality. With its advanced new residential wing and historic values, VAR is destined to serve senior women for another 135 years!


Seniors Guide Staff

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