Supportive living costs Alberta

A survey from around the province

Across Alberta, assisted care in supportive living residences is provided by the government at no cost to those who are meet eligibility requirements. Alberta's unique use of the term supportive living care in some sense then matches the way in which it is uniquely handled as opposed to way its sister term, assisted living, is handled in other provinces. (Many people looking for this type of care apply the more widely-used phrase assisted living.)

Retirement communities that provide supportive living vary quite widely in the environment they provide for residents.

Survey of supportive living costs in Alberta

City

What's included

Cost/mo (starting)

Calgary, AB

meals, housekeeping, ADLs paid by Alberta government

$4,500

Calgary, AB

404 sq ft studio, ADLs paid by government

$3,320

Edmonton, AB

meals, housekeeping, ADLs paid by government

$3,900 (estimate only)

Lloydminster, AB

meals, housekeeping, ADLs paid by government

$2,100

Communities offering supportive living are licensed under Alberta's Supportive Living Accommodation Licensing Act (introduced April 2010). Theses communities are inspected regularly – including everything from food preparation areas to the residence's accounting – according to prescriptions of the Act. In licensed communities, assistance with personal health care needs is provided by the government at no cost to the senior.

The cost to the user can vary quite significantly, depending on the quality of the community that he or she chooses to move into. Some communities may exceed the stipulations of the Act while others may barely pass. Communities sampled above offer exceptional quality care and facilities.

Get cost details from supportive living communities below:

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.
Aster Gardens

Aster Gardens

7 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park, Alberta, T8H 1Y7
Aster Gardens, an Optima Living community, opened in March 2021, we are transforming Senior's living. You are going to love living here....Let Us Welcome You Home!
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.
Golden Sands

Golden Sands

9210 91 Avenue, P.O. Box 1380, Lac La Biche, Alberta, T0A 2C0
Sweetgrass

Sweetgrass

105 6th Avenue NE, Slave Lake, Alberta, T0G 2A2
At Sweetgrass, we are dedicated to promoting maximum independence, choice, and dignity for each resident and encourage the involvement of family, neighbours and friends.
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.
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.
Origin at Spring Creek

Origin at Spring Creek

808 Spring Creek Drive, Canmore, Alberta, T1W0K3
Origin at Spring Creek is Bow Valley’s leading independent, assisted living, & memory care community. Nestled in the luxurious mountain town of Canmore, we empower our residents to remain happy, healthy & active.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Garneau Hall Seniors Community

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.
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.
Wentworth Manor

Wentworth Manor

5717 14 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 3M2
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.
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.

Assisted living often offers hidden benefits

The environment within an assisted living community has added health benefits, too. People find that communal living improves their outlook on life. They grow to love group activities and the people they become friends with, in the uniquely communal environment created within an AHS supportive living community.

In assisted living residences, you have the choice of keeping your privacy as much as you like but also, someone to talk to is always right outside the door. Typically, people who move into these communities (or their families) report they are "thriving" or "flourishing". This is due in part to the care offered, of course, but it is also an effect of moving into a happy community, and out of loneliness and isolation (presuming that someone has been living alone in their own home). You get more than your bargained for sometimes. Comparing assisted living costs to your current cost of living (alone) does not give you the whole picture.

Here are some other things covered (or at least negated) when you move into a supportive living community in Alberta:

  • groceries
  • property taxes
  • heat
  • hydro
  • maintenance such as roof repairs, appliance upkeep,
  • furniture and appliances
  • cable and other home entertainment
  • car payments
  • gasoline
  • all other weekly and monthly bills and other costs



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