Alberta Retirement Communities
Find the best retirement options in Alberta
Edmonton and Calgary are great places to retire
Senior care homes are changing everywhere. New residences in cities like Edmonton and Calgary appeal to seniors' changing needs, with increased outdoor activities and many more care options. There are high quality seniors homes throughout the province.
Alberta is home to approximately 25,000 retirement housing units offering a range of retirement community types including the following typical levels of care:
- Active adult living communities
- Independent living retirement homes
- Assisted living seniors' care
- Long-term care homes
- Alzheimer's, memory and dementia care
Retirement homes in Alberta's major centres
An ideal place for all retirement, from active adult living to assisted living, Edmonton, Canada's fifth largest city, was designated the "Cultural Capital of Canada" in 2007. A number of Edmonton's best retirement homes are found near its extensive river valley trail system that offers the opportunity for exercise and plenty of fresh air. There is plenty to do in Edmonton, with a professional hockey team in town (the NHL's Oilers), the Edmonton Folk Fest (one of the premier folk music events in the world) and much more that will appeal to retirees and their families.
Calgary's retirement homes offer superior care in a world-class city. Calgary is considered Canada’s energy capital and western Canada’s business capital. It's home to the Calgary Flames and the Calgary Stampede (aka "the Greatest Show on Earth").
Your choices in Alberta retirement care
When choosing the best retirement community for yourself or a senior family member, most people begin by considering the level of care required, and too often people have waited until a crisis then found themselves forced to make too hasty a decision. Level of care is really only part of the picture. The addition of certain helpful amenities and services improves the feeling of well-being your senior family member might have.
Once you've determined what your needs really are and what the costs really are (and you may be surprised as others have been), go back and look at your budget and consider finding new ways to stretch it to afford the best care. Your funds may not be as limited as you think. The fact is that many people assume it is best to own a retirement unit or home but that may not be the truth for everyone; fully consider the benefits of renting vs. owning, as you look deeper at costs.
How much does it cost to retire in Alberta?
The cost of retiring in Alberta will vary depending on your needs and the level of care you require. Monthly rent for senior housing in Alberta is approximately $2,567 per month (CMCH's Senior Housing Report, 2012).
Your senior housing advocate: ASCHA
The Alberta Senior Citizens' Housing Association (ASCHA) represents all residences and communities across Alberta. It also acts as an advocate for senior housing in the province, along with providing services to its members. Resources on the ASCHA website will help you learn more about senior care in Alberta.
Note: just as everywhere else, "nursing homes" in Alberta is not a commonly used term within the industry as it conjures up different negative images. The use of the phrase “nursing homes” is out of common usage among professionals. For people who do require close care, facilities offering this are now called long-term care communities.