Alberta's Best 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.
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. The city is home to an 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 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").
Alberta is home to approximately 25,000 retirement housing units which offer a range of retirement community types including:
When choosing the best retirement community for yourself or a senior family member, you first need to consider the level of care required as well as the amenities and services needed. Once you've determined what you're looking for, make sure that the options available work with your budget.
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.