Supportive Living Calgary

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Communities listed below are licensed to provide assistance under Alberta's Supportive Living Accommodation Licensing Act, and they meet Supportive Living Accommodation Standards. That said, these communities offer a lot more than that! Take a close look at these communities and imagine how you can change all aspects of your life for the better!

Calgary Supportive Living Communities

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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.
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.
Riverwalk Retirement Residence

Riverwalk Retirement Residence

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.
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.
Whitehorn Village Retirement Community by Origin

Whitehorn Village Retirement Community by Origin

5200 44 Ave NE, Calgary, Alberta, T1Y7L4
Our life enrichment calendar is full of activities to help you answer the question “What do I want to do today?” Attend our fitness classes, enjoy movies in our theatre, or share laughs over coffees in our bistro.
Swan Evergreen Village by Origin

Swan Evergreen Village by Origin

2635 Eversyde Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2Y5G9
Swan Evergreen Village is a leading independent living, assisted living,& memory care community in Southwest Calgary. Our active lifestyle community is located conveniently located near shopping & restaurants.
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.
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.
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.
Wentworth Manor

Wentworth Manor

5717 14 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 3M2
Chartwell Eau Claire Care Residence

Chartwell Eau Claire Care Residence

301 7th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 1Y6
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Calgary seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Supportive living is the name applied to what were traditionally referred to as assisted living communities in Calgary and the rest of Alberta.  Supportive living is the right solution for any Calgary senior who has reached a point where they need help with aspects of personal daily care.

Change your life for the better

Communities listed above will change your life in a variety of ways. Certainly, you will be get the care you need. (Confirm with the community of your choice that they can provide the health service or personal care you require.) These communities, though, will also offer high quality environments, exceptional care staff and a great community of people for you to live with.

Moving into a supportive living (or assisted living) community in Calgary can make much more of your life better than simply receiving extended care. Some ways in which communities improve your life include any or all of the following:

  • Group activities that foster friendships with other members of the community.
  • High quality environments that help make you feel better about yourself. It's well understood that living in a clean environment with newness and a better quality of life will further promote improvement in your health. To put it simply, living around happy, healthy people will make you happier and healthier.
  • Many communities listed here offer a great variety of amenities like salt water pools indoors, exercise rooms, onsite meeting places like pubs, and so much more. All of these amenities, close at hand, contribute further to improving your feelings about yourself and about life in general.

We know the real reason people require a supportive living community in Calgary will be the need for personal care. The actual requirements will vary from one individual to the next, but a few are the most typical. Here is a look at the care you will get in supportive living, and what you and other supportive living senior care residents will have access to, and/or need of:

  • Transfer or mobility assistance is perhaps the most common reason people search for an assisted living community in Alberta. Typically, seniors who require this service have minor disabilities. They may have received this assistance from a caregiver or home care professional, with a move into a supportive living community precipitated by family caregivers no longer being able to provide this care, or a deepening of this need that makes home care support no longer sensible. In other cases, this need is precipitated by a crisis or change in health.
  • Bathing and dressing care is a requirement for some people, also caused by a disability or worsening health. This type of care – typically involving more work – may be billed separately and/or handled by a different staff member than transfer assistance.
  • Feeding assistance may be required by some people with specific health issues. Again, this is also likely to be billed separately by one of the communities listed here.
  • Care for incontinence is perhaps the most delicate kind of care that can be provided for in these communities. But professional handling of this, in a professional environment, can make it more dignified than treatment you get in any other kind of environment.

Review our survey of supportive living costs in Alberta, including some examples from Calgary. 


Supportive and assisted living in Calgary

Assisted living remains a popular phrase in Alberta, although the proper (official) term is supportive living. Supportive living (Levels 3 & 4) or Supportive Housing falls on the continuum of care between independent living and more protracted types of care like long term care. Most communities above are focused on offering Supportive Living Level 3, ideal for people who can no longer manage in their own home and need some help with some personal care services as listed above. These services are provided by home care providers.

Supportive living communities also offer hospitality services (including meals, housekeeping services, laundry services and the like) as well as 24-hour emergency response and related security. The additional care required can be paid for privately, unless clients are assessed by Alberta Health Services (AHS) as ‘designated.’ Those who are assessed as such ('designated') receive financial help from the Government and will pay a lesser monthly fee. If a client requires help with many daily tasks, including unscheduled care they qualify for long term care. In this case, they no longer live in supportive living accommodations. This care, too, can be subsidized or private. 

One of the advantages of communities listed above is that they allow couples with varying care requirements (where one spouse is more independent, for example) to remain together. 

Communities are licensed under the Supportive Living Accommodation Licensing Act (enforced April 2010), and they are required to meet Supportive Living Accommodation Standards. This maximizes consumer protection and the confidence you have in the care you are getting.

The Supportive Living Accommodation Licensing Act gives specific prescriptions that govern care home inspections. Inspectors check community's accounting books, test food and much more. Residents can also register their own complaints and follow these up under provisions of the Act. In some cases – unlikely to ever affect any of the premiere locations listed here–the Act allows for revocation of licenses and fines up to $100,000.  Learn much more: Act S23P5.

Other benefits of supportive living in Calgary

You can assume other benefits to moving into supportive living, but they are still worth noting. These benefits also go a long way to improving your life and can be important to improving your health, wellbeing and the overall quality of your life. Let's look at those:

  • The companionship of others your own age is a critical enhancement to your life, over the inherent loneliness of living by yourself. People moving into a seniors' community discover this as a by-product – much to their delight. There are now friends right outside the door of your suite, always something to do and someone to do it with, something to laugh about and someone to laugh with. And that's not to say that you always have to be social. If you like your own space, there's plenty of that, too, in the privacy of your own suite. It's really ideal.
  • Home maintenance, in all forms is a thing of the past. No more housework, cleaning, dishes, snow shoveling – all those pesky tasks that get more difficult with age. These are all taken care of by someone else, here. And another thing is the money! No more roof repairs or paying plumbers and other service people. No more buying groceries or paying property taxes. Think about all these things when you look at what it will "cost" to move into a high quality supportive living community.
  • Safety and security. You're moving into a community where people are on watch around the clock, where the doors are locked at night to the outside world, and where you know – and family members know, too – that if you need any help it's just a call bell away. 

Take a full look at what's ahead

In our new guide, we look at facing some last minute fears, how supportive living communities welcome people, getting the full benefit of this life-change and more.

Take a full look at how to adjust to supportive living.

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