Welcome to Canal Winchester 

This gorgeous community is nestled on 7.5 acres off Gender Road with convenient access to shopping necessities as well as the charm of downtown Canal Winchester. As a company, we provide housing and healthcare for older adults based on trust, integrity, dependability and compassion. 

Our community focuses on assisted living and short-term rehabilitative care while offering a continuum of services. That continuum includes skilled nursing post-hospital rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, respite care and long-term care.

Interested in Canal Winchester Rehabilitation Center, Skilled Nursing & Assisted Living? Contact us or schedule a tour.

Front of the Canal Winchester Building

Assisted Living

We combine the security of care with the comforts of home, enabling you to live as independently as you wish, at Assisted Living at Canal Winchester. When you choose Canal Winchester as your next home, you’ll be able to enjoy stimulating activities and useful services. You’ll also receive any assistance you need with daily activities like bathing, dressing, grooming and medication management.

Assisted Living at Canal Winchester features 47 spacious, private, one-bedroom assisted living suites. They feature separate living, sleeping and kitchenette areas, individually controlled heating and air conditioning, emergency call system, full private bath and walk-in closet. We encourage you to personalize your suite with your own furnishings. View apartment floor plans here.

Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation 

Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation at Canal Winchester offers post-hospital, outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation services in the central Ohio area. If you have recently been discharged from the hospital or have suffered a health setback, we’re here to help you with your recovery.

Your goals are our goals. After an initial assessment upon admission, we’ll work with you to determine how best to support independence, mobility and self-care. You’ll be able to leave here with a renewed sense of self-confidence and an improved level of function.

Our rehabilitation wing offers a comfortable, friendly environment with well-appointed accommodations and furnished private rooms, all equipped with full baths including walk-in showers, basic cable services and Wi-Fi. We offer physical, occupational and speech therapies, as well as a wide variety of services, amenities and programs.

Those with managed care insurance plans may have coverage for a skilled nursing and rehabilitation stay at one of our communities. It’s best to contact your insurance provider directly for those details, but we can also help you navigate your benefits.

Respite Care

Respite care can be defined as a short-term stay for a loved one to allow a respite, or recovery time, for the caregiver. Some of the reasons a caregiver might seek a respite care stay for their loved one include a planned surgery, vacation, or needed time to manage their stress and personal health and well-being.

Respite Care at Canal Winchester offers short-term stays that can vary from a few days to a few weeks. We provide furnished respite suites in both our skilled nursing and assisted living levels of care. Your loved one will have access to a nursing team 24 hours a day, with a personalized plan of care. 

Respite-stay guests at Canal Winchester receive the same patient-directed care as our residents. This includes a compassionate interdisciplinary team that ensures their individual needs are met as well as access to numerous services, activities and amenities.

It’s typically best to plan ahead for a respite care stay, but we understand that it’s not always possible. If an urgent need arises, feel free to contact us to check our availability.

Long-Term Care

When a senior can no longer stay safely at home or needs more help than assisted living can provide, long-term care services can help. Long-Term Care at Canal Winchester offers skilled nursing and long-term care for Ohio seniors as part of our continuum of care. 

We care for your loved one like you would, with patient-directed care and a personalized approach. Each resident receives the support and care they need from a professional and welcoming staff. You’ll be kept in the loop with care conferences and are welcome to visit anytime with 24-hour visitation. 

As with any Canal Winchester resident, your loved one can also enjoy our dining program, services, amenities and activities.

Dining experience at MacIntosh, chef is greeting residents at their table


Dining at Canal Winchester features delicious, chef-prepared meals and resident directed menu items. Our dining services team focuses on two primary goals: selection and enjoyment. We also have registered and licensed dieticians who work with residents to create therapeutic diets that allow for resident choice. 

Residents are offered flexibility through multiple dining locations and times. For special occasions, residents can host guests in the dining room. Guests always are welcome to dine with residents in the main dining room, as well. Room service is available upon request.

Amenities, Hospitality and Activities

There are many assisted living communities and rehabilitation centers in central Ohio, but few can offer the same level of hospitality and amenities available at Canal Winchester. Because our executive leadership, nursing and care community staff live in central Ohio, our hospitality is warm, welcoming and local. 

Residents and families enjoy beautifully landscaped courtyards, patios, a private dining room and comfortable lounges to visit with family and fellow residents. Social and recreational activities are planned every day of the week, and transportation services make it easy to enjoy the surrounding area.

View our August 2022 Assisted Living Activities Calendar

View Assisted Living Services and Amenities

View our August 2022 Care Center Activities Calendar

View Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Services and Amenities

View Long-Term Care Services and Amenities

View Respite Care Services and Amenities

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Our Quality Measures Up

Our goal is to provide personalized, uncompromised healthcare. To accomplish that, we hold ourselves to high standards. Our quality measures are based on feedback from our rehabilitation guests, residents and families, as well as criteria established by the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

As a new community, Canal Winchester will not have posted surveys and ratings until at least one year after opening, but please check other Optalis communities to see how our quality consistently meets and exceeds standards. 

The benefit of Canal Winchester is that if your healthcare needs change, the community offers a continuum of care options under one roof, including skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation, long-term care and even outpatient rehabilitation close to home. Find peace of mind knowing extra help is available, provided by staff you know in familiar surroundings.

Helpful Resources

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Ask the Expert: How Much Does Assisted Living Cost?

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Male resident getting help tying shoes

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The Optalis Difference

Canal Winchester is locally owned and operated by Optalis Healthcare, which has lovingly served the residents of Columbus since 1984. We’re a recent addition to Optalis care communities, of which there are seven in the central Ohio area. 

We have a new, modern campus with an extensive rehabilitation gym, private rooms and attractive grounds. The best part is, it’s all backed by Optalis Healthcare’s experienced leadership and established expertise in the senior healthcare field.

Our Partners

We’re proud to work with premier hospitals and health systems in Central Ohio. Our partners include: