Supportive Living in Alberta

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Every retirement home in Alberta offers different services and amenities, some focusing mainly on extended care, while assisted living care focuses on adults who want help with some basic daily needs. Care offered here might include:

  • Three daily meals that are served in a common dining room
  • Housekeeping
  • Arranged or scheduled transportation
  • Personal laundry
  • Recreational activities, like shuffleboard or bingo
  • Brain fitness games to keep your mind healthy and active
  • Emergency call bell or phone systems, as well as twenty-four hour security

Supportive living care for Alberta seniors

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Trinity Lodge

Trinity Lodge

1111 Glenmore Trail SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2V 4C9
Trinity Lodge Retirement Residence combines the elegance & style of a fine traditional hotel, with the security & warmth associated with senior living. Homecare staff is available 24/7 to give you support when needed.
Prince of Peace

Prince of Peace

285030 Luther Rose Blvd NE, Calgary, Alberta, T1X 1M9
Prince of Peace a variety of suites styles with kitchenettes and incredible mountain views. It's the perfect residence for seniors who are active, require some assistance, or have memory care needs.
Lake Bonavista Village

Lake Bonavista Village

11800 Lake Fraser Drive SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2J7G8
Lake Bonavista Village Retirement Residence is the perfect place for seniors to retire. You can choose from a variety of suite sizes in the main building or one of our unique cottages.
The Lodge at Valley Ridge

The Lodge at Valley Ridge

11479 Valley Ridge Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B5V5
At The Lodge at Valley Ridge, you'll enjoy spacious suites, impressive cuisine, and exceptional services. We have recently renovated. We welcome the opportunity to show you our great community.
Dr. James Hemstock

Dr. James Hemstock

4202 54 Ave, Lloydminster, Alberta, T9V 2Z3
At Dr. Hemstock Residence & Hearthstone Place, our highly-skilled group of health care professionals and qualified staff are here to do whatever we can to ensure that all your needs are taken care of.
The Manor Villages StayWell Manor

The Manor Villages StayWell Manor

174 Ypres Green SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 6M2
Staywell Manor Village offers elegant retirement living in the heart of Calgary. Whether you are looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care, we have lifestyle options to meet your needs.
Country Cottage

Country Cottage

75 Cranford Way, Sherwood Park, Alberta, T8H 2B9
At Optima Living, we offer a tailored approach where the resident is the focus of all of our endeavours and we strive to fulfil all our residents’ needs so that they can live their best possible life!
Prominence Way Retirement Community by Signature

Prominence Way Retirement Community by Signature

905 Prominence Way SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 6A8
Experience vibrant senior’s living at Prominence Way with a world of choices, beautiful architecture, gourmet dining, caring people, nursing staff and a comprehensive program of activities and services.
Wild Rose

Wild Rose

9612 - 172nd Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T5T 6C7
At Optima Living, we offer a tailored approach where the resident is the focus of all of our endeavours and we strive to fulfil all our residents’ needs so that they can live their best possible life!
Aster Gardens - Optima Living

Aster Gardens - Optima Living

7 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park, Alberta, T8H 1Y7
Aster Gardens, an Optima Living community, opening March 2021, is Sherwood Park’s newest residence that will transform the way seniors live. Let us welcome you home.
Cambridge Manor

Cambridge Manor

253 Smith St NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 6K1
Renowned for award winning care and a ‘people-first’ approach to wellness. Enjoy a rich & full life with the comfort & peace of mind of a true aging-in-place experience.
Chartwell Eau Claire Care Residence

Chartwell Eau Claire Care Residence

301 7th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 1Y6

Specifics of supportive living services and care

Supportive living (assisted living, as it is called elsewhere) is a specified level of care, distinct from others like independent living, on one hand, or memory care on another. In Alberta, communities like those above are licensed under Supportive Living Accommodation Licensing Act, and meet Supportive Living Accommodation Standards.

This level of seniors' care will include basic services such as communal dining, housekeeping of private suites or units and administration of medication. On top of that, though, there are specific care options available, often tailored to the needs of each senior in residence and provided under contract with Alberta Health Services. 

Some typical care options offered in supportive living are as follows:

  • Transfer assistance and mobility assistance. For seniors who may have some form of disability or other problems with mobility, assisted living facilities have trained staff to aid with movement including in-suite and out.
  • Incontinence care is dedicated care that deals intelligently and thoroughly with this often-embarrassing issue. Residents are treated with the utmost dignity by professional care staff who are trained to be both caring and objective.
  • Bathing and dressing assistance may be separately costed out by homes in some cases, but both of these aspects are handled with understanding. 

Help with bathing or showering, dressing, walking, going to the bathroom, eating, or leaving the home is perhaps really the heart of what is offered in assistance living homes. This is the kind of round-the-clock care that simply cannot be given on a consistent basis by family members or even hired-in home care or personal service workers. These care requirements are very difficult for many people to admit, especially those who have grown up and lived all their lives valuing independence and self-reliance. The delicacy with which homes deal with this issue is one of the great benefits of opting into an assisted living residence.

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Added benefits of supportive living

  • Companionship — While you could choose to live quietly and privately at an assisted living home, you may also surround yourself with other people. Meals and activities are a great opportunity to engage with other residents and make friends. You need not be lonely at an assisted living facility.
  • Keeping busy — Unlike your own home, an assisted living home offers plenty of planned programs and amenities, like wellness centers that help seniors stay mentally and physically active.
  • Safety and Security — On-site staff are a well equipped to promptly deal with emergencies at all hours of the day and night. Though residents live independently when they choose to, they also have peace of mind, as they know that someone will always be around to help them if something goes wrong. Moreover, unlike one’s own home, assisted living facilities have round the clock security, so residents should feel safe.
  • You need not maintain your own home anymore! Is one of your lamps malfunctioning? Do not worry. You can call maintenance personnel in your assisted living home and they will take care of it. Indeed, life here is a lot less stressful than it would be in your own home.
  • Many assisted living homes allow pets.

Costs of supportive living in Alberta

Private retirement residences in Alberta's major cities, Calgary and Edmonton, offer high quality service and care. Some government-funded care homes may be cheaper, but the care offered in private homes entails a higher resident-to-staff ratio (as low as 5 to 1 in some residences) and much more accountability. Here is an overview of the cost range you may face in paying for private senior assistance homes:


Cost range

What's included

Calgary, AB

$4500- $4800

All care options, including bathing, dressing, incontinence and others

We offer a more detailed look at this under supportive living costs in Alberta


Alberta, ideal location for retirement living

Simply put, Alberta is an ideal province for any type of retirement living. Here, you may choose to live in the midst of nature, as the Rocky Mountains, luscious forests, beautiful lakes, and breathtaking parks are ubiquitous. You may find such an environment both soothing and relaxing. Alberta also contains plenty of lively cities and North America’s largest shopping mall — the West Edmonton Mall. The lifestyle choices that you have in Alberta will ensure that your outings outside of your assisted living home are enjoyable.

Alberta's use of the distinct term 'supportive living' refers to the same essential care level described as assisted living in many other parts of North America. Alberta's vulnerable seniors are covered under the Protection for Persons in Care Act. You can read more from the government of Alberta.

Alberta also offers the more closely pertinent Supportive Living Accommodation Licensing Act (enforced in April 2010). This is a comprehensive act that offers specific prescriptions governing care homes licensing, inspections and much more. Inspectors can check the accounts of the home, test food, take photographs and much more. Residents can register complaints and have these followed up under provisions of the Act, and allows for the possibility of revoking the license, as well as fines up to $100,000.  Learn more at Acts S23P5.

Checking out retirement homes with your loved one

Many people of a certain age and generation are very proud of their self-reliance and independence and may "never want to move into one of those homes." However, there may come a time when your loved one requires the kind of help available only in an assisted living home. Peer acceptance is one of the best ways to convince older adults that moving into a senior care home is not as bad as they might think. Over the years, Comfort Life has profiled many seniors who were surprised at what they could afford, surprised at how much they enjoyed life inside a retirement residence, learned new things they never thought they would and maybe even found new love

Homes listed here offer exceptional care and delightful environments that routinely change seniors' minds about what a retirement home is like and what it is like to live in seniors care. Assisted living homes can come with a wide variety of excellent features that both surprise and delight residents. Today's senior homes can include lounges, cafes, pubs, libraries, general stores, exercise areas and the list goes on. Seniors in these homes are vibrant and active with a healthy attitude toward life and living. We urge you to go out and see the homes with your loved one to see firsthand how great "retirement community" really can be. 

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