The range of publicly funded continuing care services in Alberta is extensive and includes:

  • Home care services provided to someone who wants to continue living in their personal residence or in a supportive (congregate) living environment.

  • Designated support living where care services are provided to many residents living in a site or building.

There are three levels of DSL:

  • DSL3 is the first level of care for individuals who are still medically and physically stable, but can no longer have all their needs met by scheduled home care at home.

  • DSL4 is the next level of care for individuals with higher care needs, such as those needing feeding assistance or specialized equipment to get in and out of bed. Individuals with progressing dementia often need this level of care.

  • SL4D is specialized care for individuals with moderate to severe dementia who need continuous support (such as those with wandering or other challenging behaviours).

  • Long-term care (LTC) is where the most ill or frail residents live in an environment similar to a nursing home or auxiliary hospital. In Alberta, most of the individuals in LTC are in the last 12 to 18 months of life.

  • Palliative or end of life care (PEOLC) is for individuals with terminal conditions or nearing the end of life. PEOLC services can be provided in any care facility or in the individual’s private home — based on personal preferences and care needs.

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