Renting or purchasing a suite in a lodge- or condominium-style congregate facility is always fully paid by the resident (although rent subsidies may also be available to some residents). The suites are typically private apartment-style units with full or partial kitchen facilities and any number of bedrooms. The facility may have a group dining area with meal services available (for purchase) and a range of social and recreational activities. Some programs may be covered by your accommodation (rent) fee while other services may require additional payment.
Your suite in a congregate/independent living facility is considered to be your personal residence. As such, you can arrange to have (and pay for) private home care services within your congregate home. You can also request an AHS assessment for publicly funded home care services to be delivered in your residence.
Learn more about continuing care in Alberta.
Advocating for a home-like environment
Small care homes designed for 14 or fewer residents are increasingly in demand. But even large care centres can be designed and operated to feel intimate and home-like.
Accommodation fees are the amount paid by the resident/family for the equivalent of ‘room and board’ in a continuing care facility.
What does the accommodation fee cover?
Government funding pays for medical and required nursing care provided in continuing care homes, and some personal care services. The resident pays for rent, food, utilities and other costs. Here’s the breakdown in Alberta.