Continuing Care
Understanding Continuing Care

lady helping elderly womanWhat is Continuing Care and who can I talk to?

Continuing Care is made up of three main levels: Home Care, Supportive Living and Long Term Care.

Home Care: for people receiving either professional or personal care services at home.

  • Professional service: preventive, curative or rehabilitation services
  • Personal Service: bathing, dressing, personal hygiene

Supportive Living: for people requiring a greater level of care than can be provided at home but still want to maintain independence. These spaces can be in facilities, lodges or personal care homes. Care support is onsite if needed for any reason.

Long Term Care: Long-term care uses a more hospital-like model for individuals with complex health needs whose care cannot be safely provided in their own home, or in supportive living.

To start, you need a case manager.

Continuing Care Levels of Care Table

  Home Care Supportive Living Long-Term Care
What is it? Health care services to help people remain well, safe and independent in their home for as long as possible Provides a higher level of personal care supports onsite while promoting residents independence to “age in place” Designed specifically for individuals with complex, unpredictable medical needs who require 24 hour on-site Registered Nurse assessment and/or treatment
Who is it for? Anyone living in Alberta with a valid health care card can receive services, as long as their needs can be met safely in their place of residence Individuals who have increased care needs and require access to 24-hour monitoring and support Individuals who have highly complex and unpredictable health needs whose care cannot be safely provided in their own home or in supportive living
Who provides care? Home care providers, the client and family/caregivers are all active partners of the care team Health Care Aides are on-site 24-hours a day and scheduled professional care (nursing, rehabilitation therapy, etc.) is available depending on your needs Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Health Care Aides, and other health-care professionals depending on your needs