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Cottonwood Village

4224 8th Street West, P.O. Box 2259, Claresholm, Alberta, T0L 0T0
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Lifestyle options:
Independent Living
Guest stays available, Respite care available, Adult day programs onsite
Cost (from):
46 suites (Studio + den, 1-bed + den, 2-bed)

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About Cottonwood Village

A member of Optima Living

Cottonwood Village is located in Claresholm, AB, in the heart of the Foothills, surrounded by lush grasslands and mountain views. At Cottonwood Village, we pride ourselves on being part of the relaxed Claresholm community. 

Cottonwood Village is designed for self-sufficient, well, active and autonomous seniors. Residents at Cottonwood Village enjoy independent living with the freedom and flexibility of living on their own without day-to-day responsibilities. We offer studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom suite options with unique floor plans to suit your needs and desires. Cottonwood Village was thoughtfully designed to deliver the best retirement lifestyle Rural Alberta has to offer. 

Living at Cottonwood Village will make it easy to enjoy every moment while creating new and lasting memories. You can relax knowing that our qualified staff will be there for you when you need them. Inviting ambiance, relaxed dining and pleasurable activities await you at Cottonwood Village!

COVID-19 Information

Maya Angelou once said, “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” It feels like it is a rather apt reminder as we continue to navigate the pandemic. While we remember to wash our hands, protect ourselves, and respect others, there are also ways in which we can focus on bringing hope and laughter to our community. Let us live with hope and zest for life even while enduring the challenges set before us. We must continue to stay focused on best practises, express gratitude to the caregivers and frontline workers, and above all continue to live in hope and look for ways to “be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”

Alberta remains under a state of public health emergency. New Public Health restrictions came into effect starting September 16th to reduce the spread and protect our health care system. Businesses participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program will require patrons or clients to be vaccinated or to show a recent negative test result. Recently, British Columbia announced that it will mandate that all healthcare workers be vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 31st, 2021. British Columbia also announced a Vaccination Passport System, and starting October 12th, all visitors to long-term care and assisted-living facilities will need to show proof they have received at least one dose.

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Insider reviews & perspectives

Comfort Life Review


Cottonwood Village combines all the best in innovative contemporary senior living with a wonderful location in the Alberta foothills, comfortable driving distance from Calgary. As you drive up to and into this community, you realize this is a very unique take on independent living. We immediately get the feel of a small town, where everybody looks out for each other. From our experience with similar villages across Canada, we know that bungalow living in a village layout facilitates a tight-knit community. Bonds form fast and strong.

For seniors interested in moving to an ideal-sized place to live that still feels very much like a private home, this will fit the bill. Suites are still very new, with appealingly modern interiors focused on the needs of people in this age range. Bungalow living is ideal for people who want to manage back and joint trouble.

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Interview videos

Co-Founder, Optima Living: Karim Kassam
  • In this Perspective:
  • As co-founder of Optima Senior Living and vice president of the British Columbia Seniors’ Living Association, Karim Kassam exemplifies senior living thought leadership. In our interview with Mr. Kassam, he speaks about how the company was founded on personal principles that are deeply felt by both himself and his co-founder Farid Damji, and he articulates how those principles have informed the growth of the company thus far, and continue to provide the basis for strategy.
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Lifestyle options

Independent Living (definition)
Cost from $2,500


  • Meals (3x/day)
  • Daily tidy
  • Housekeeping (1x/week)
  • Medication administration


Type Size
(sq ft)
Lifestyle CostCompanion fee Includes Contact
Studio + den 358 - 822 $1,900 (Rent) +$500 per month
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Patio/Balcony
1-bed + den 650 $2,300 (Rent) +$500 per month
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Patio/Balcony
2-bed 822 $3,000 (Rent) +$500 per month
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Type: Studio + den
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $1,900
  • Size: 358sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$500
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Fireplace
    • Kitchenette
    • Mini-fridge
    • Patio/Balcony
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 1-bed + den
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $2,300
  • Size: 650sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$500
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Fireplace
    • Kitchenette
    • Mini-fridge
    • Patio/Balcony
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 2-bed
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $3,000
  • Size: 822sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$500
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Fireplace
    • Kitchenette
    • Mini-fridge
    • Patio/Balcony
  • Contact: email


Meal service : Bistro: (daytime), Tray service in suite (extra fee)

Seating type : Open seating

Special diets : Celiac Diet, Diabetic, Ethnic, Gluten Free, Kosher style, Lactose free, Low sodium, Vegetarian

Amenities & Services

Residence Amenities & Services

Arts and crafts
Community Garden
Emergency call system (pendent)
Emergency call system (pull-cord in room)
Fitness Studio
Games Room
Laundry machines
Mail delivery to suite
Movie theatre
Newspaper delivery available to suite
On-site General Store
Onsite foot care
Out patient programs
Parking (outdoor)
Party room
Pet friendly
Private bus for outings, regular trips
Private dining room for family/friends
Recreation facilities onsite
Religious Services & Holiday Celebrations
Spa Services
Spa/Beauty Salon
Storage lockers
Walking Path
Wellness Center
Wheelchair Accessible

Programs & Activities

Arts and Crafts
Bocce Ball
Card Games
Day Trips
Exercise Program
Movie Nights
Table Tennis
Weekly Shopping Trips & Excursions

Staff & Care

General Manager's Message
Nils Breuker

It is an absolute pleasure to introduce myself as General Manager of Cottonwood Village. I am originally from Germany, but my wife and I have called Alberta our home for close to 11 years. We currently live in Lethbridge and are very happy there.

I have a bachelor's degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management and over 30 years of experience in hotels and customer service. I previously held various positions in hospitality, including Food and Beverage Management, and was a General Manager for 17 years. From my experience in hospitality and making connections with guests, families, and staff, I have learned to value people and care for their needs. I expect to apply those skills and values to making Cottonwood Village residents feel welcomed and at home. I have now found my passion and home in senior care.

During my leisure time, I enjoy skiing and travelling with my wife.


Medical and other support staff
Registered Practical Nurses
Personal Support Workers

Care services

Care options available:

  • Guest stays available
  • Respite care available
  • Adult day programs onsite

Move-in requirements

• Medical form completed by family doctor
• Personal Interview

Accreditation & Associations

Blog & News

Blog and recent news

Happy Chinese New Year

by Cottonwood Village

Gong Hei Fat Choy, Happy New Year 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè)! Today we celebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome in the Year of the Ox. The Year of the Ox happens e...

Valentines Day Celebration

by Cottonwood Village

Here at Cottonwood Village, we love to celebrate the holidays. We have a resident committee that helps plan such events. With Independent Living communities, it is important for everyone to feel as...

Healthy Relationships and Longevity

by Cottonwood Village

The old saying goes “happy wife, happy life.” But, as we now know, the truth of the matter is much more complex. As study after study has shown, strong relationships of both romantic ...

Albertan Seniors - Book your Vaccination

by Cottonwood Village

February 22nd, 2021 A vaccine roll-out plan was announced on February 19th, and you can now sign up to get notified when you qualify. Click here to sign up to get notified when it is your turn...

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Cottonwood Village was thoughtfully designed to deliver the best lifestyle rural Alberta has to offer. Located in Claresholm in the heart of the foothills, surrounded by lush grasslands and mountain views, we pride ourselves on being part of the relaxed Claresholm community. Claresholm is a quaint little community with parks, walking trails, and a wide variety of events and activities.

Cottonwood is located at 4224 8th Street West, P.O. Box 2259, Claresholm, Alberta, T0L 0T0.

What's nearby:

Claresholm Faith Community Baptist Church
Claresholm Church Of the Nazarene
Alberta Health Services
Claresholm General Hospital
Claresholm Community Health Centre
IGA Claresholm
The Bridges at Claresholm Golf Course
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 41
Patterson Park
Kin Trail
Roy's Place
Tim Hortons
Durros Pizza & Steak House & Lounge
Casa Roma Restaurant

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