Supportive Living in Alberta

Retirement homes with assistive care in the province of 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. Find Alberta's best retirement communities with supportive living listed below.

Supportive living in Alberta

Garrison Green by United Active Living  

3028 Don Ethell Boulevard SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3E 0C9

At Garrison Green by United Active Living, we offer memory care, independent, and assisted living. Enjoy spacious suites, in-suite laundry, fitness studio, art studio, flexible dining, underground parking and much more!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

The Manor Village at Fish Creek Park  

22 Shawnee Hill S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2Y 0P8

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

Garneau Hall Seniors Community  

10923 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2N9

Located in the heart of the Garneau district of Edmonton, Garneau Hall offers seniors a caring environment with the added comforts of home and the opportunity for an enriched new life.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Chartwell Heritage Valley Retirement Residence  

944 James Mowatt Trail SW, Edmonton, Alberta, T6W 2B2

The lifestyle at Chartwell Heritage Valley is ideal for active & independent individuals. Spend your time exactly how you choose in an airy atmosphere with natural light. Flexible private support services also available.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

River Ridge Seniors Village  

#4 River Ridge Dr. N.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8V1

A premier Park Place residence in the heart of Medicine Hat offering independent living, supportive living, and long term care options. With spectacular views and services, River Ridge is a warm place to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

Dr. Hemstock Retirement Residence and Hearthstone Place Verve Senior Living  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Trico LivingWell  

7670 4A St SW #100, Calgary, Alberta, T2V 4S3

Trico LivingWell is designed to empower older adults to live their best lives by facilitating inclusivity and togetherness through a holistic health, empathetic and personalized approach to aging.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Prince of Peace  

300 Prince of Peace Way, Rocky View County, Alberta, T1X 1G2

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Trinity Lodge - Verve Senior Living  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Lodge at Valley Ridge - Verve Senior Living  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Lake Bonavista Village - Verve Senior Living  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Riverwalk Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

528 25 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, V2S 0L5

Riverwalk Retirement Residence is centrally located in the Cliff Bungalow-Mission community of Calgary. We offer a continuum of care including Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Verve Aspen Woods  

10 Aspenshire Dr., SW Calgary, Alberta, T3H 0T2

Located in one of Calgary’s most desirable neighbourhoods, with the Rocky Mountains outside and beautifully appointed amenities within, Verve Aspen Woods offers the perfect setting for your active enjoyment of life.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

What to expect in Alberta's supportive living retirement homes

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:

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.

Retirement homes fees and services might also include:

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Costs of supportive living in Alberta: a survey

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

Moving to Alberta from out of the province

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.

Learning about 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

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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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