Continuing Care
Continuing Care Choices

friendsStaying safe and maintaining a meaningful and active life is important for all Albertans.

Fortunately, there are many ways in which continuing care can help support individuals with health care needs in Alberta. (Living Options Guidelines)

Together, we can help you make the best decisions possible for your unique situation.

Home Care

Many people are able to stay in their own home, retirement residence, or seniors apartment by adding home care services, or by organizing private pay services or extra family support.

There is a limit to the amount of publicly funded home care service a person can receive in their own homes. Except for palliative and end of life care, home care does not usually provide unscheduled 24 hour a day service.

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Seniors Lodges

There are approximately 150 seniors lodges across Alberta. Individuals who choose to live here can access a range of supports including housekeeping, meals and laundry as well as social, leisure and recreational activities. As individuals age, home care visits can be scheduled to assist with health and personal care needs.

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Designated Supportive Living

There are about 9,000 spaces across Alberta for individuals with higher health and/or personal support needs. Like lodges, designated supportive living (DSL) offers a wide range of accommodation supports including meals, housekeeping, linen and recreational services. Individuals may need help because of physical mobility or cognitive functioning issues. Home care resources are on-site 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Support is primarily provided by health care aides but for individuals who need it, licensed practical nurses are also onsite 24/7 at many sites. All staff at designated supportive living (DSL) sites work under the supervision of a registered nurse who may or may not be onsite.

DSL care and supports are organized into 3 levels:

  • DSL 3 – individuals require 24/7 health care aide support due to physical mobility and mild cognitive functioning issues
  • DSL 4 – individuals require 24/7 health care aide and licensed practical nurse support due to chronic health conditions and physical mobility challenges and may also have mild to moderate cognitive function issues.
  • DSL 4 Dementia – individuals require 24/7 health care aide and licensed practical nurse support due to severe cognitive function issues. Individuals may also have chronic health conditions and physical mobility challenges.

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Long Term Care

There are about 15,000 long term care spaces across Alberta. Long term care is reserved for those individuals who have complex, unstable health conditions.

Health care aides and licensed practical nurses work under the supervision of registered nurses, all of whom are onsite 24/7. While all individuals living here have complex unstable health conditions, they may also have mild, moderate or severe physical mobility and cognitive challenges.

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Palliative and End of Life Care

Palliative and end of life care is for individuals with a serious chronic disease or life-limiting illness. In Alberta, you have many options for where to get palliative and end of life care—your home, a hospital, a continuing care centre, or a hospice.

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