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Introduction

Government has the responsibility for overseeing the provision of services in Alberta's continuing care accommodations. Alberta Health monitors accommodations for compliance with the Supportive Living and Long-Term Care Accommodation Standards; and audits compliance with Continuing Care Health Standards and Infection Prevention and Control Standards.

If you have concerns about accommodations standards for supportive living or long-term care accommodations, please call 1-888-357-9339 or read the Safeguards for Vulnerable Adults fact sheet for more information.

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Alberta Health monitors all supportive living and long-term care accommodations for compliance to the accommodation standards, minimally on an annual basis. The purpose of the accommodation standards is to ensure accommodations maintain a high quality of accommodation services (e.g. meals, building maintenance, security and housekeeping) that promote the safety, security, and quality of life of Albertans living in those accommodations.

This website provides information about compliance and complaints related to the accommodation standards in supportive living and long-term care accommodations, and is updated as visits occur.

In addition, Alberta Health audits a sample of continuing care accommodations each year, including long-term care accommodations, for compliance with the Continuing Care Health Standards and applicable Infection Prevention and Control Standards.

Supportive Living

The Supportive Living Accommodation Licensing Act, defines supportive living accommodations and the licensing requirements. The Supportive Living Accommodation Regulation contains the standards that supportive living accommodations are required to comply to.

Supportive living accommodations combine accommodation with supports and services for a wide range of adults, including seniors and persons with disabilities. Available services often include meals, housekeeping and social activities. Residents can receive professional nursing services through home care. Supportive living accommodations housing four or more individuals and providing or arranging for services related to safety and security, and offering, or arranging for at least one meal a day or housekeeping services, must be licensed under the Supportive Living Accommodation Licensing Act.

Long-Term Care

Long-term care accommodations are nursing homes under the Nursing Homes Act or auxiliary hospitals under the Hospitals Act and can be run by for and not for profit organizations, or by Alberta Health Services. Individuals must be assessed and placed by Alberta Health Services.

Considerations When Choosing a Supportive Living or Long-Term Care Accommodation

An accommodation's compliance with the supportive living accommodation standards, long-term care accommodation standards and/or health service standards is just one of many considerations when selecting a supportive living or long-term care accommodation.

The data and information on this web site, is being provided solely for information and as a public service. It is there to help you make informed decisions about accommodations. It is NOT a substitute for an independent comprehensive assessment of a given accommodation nor should it be relied upon solely in making a decision about a given accommodation. An accommodation's compliance with the supportive living accommodation standards, long-term care accommodation standards and/or health service standards is just one aspect to consider when selecting a supportive living or long-term care accommodation. For more information, you are encouraged to:

  • Refer to other information sources, such as guides to seniors accommodations;
  • Talk to residents or their families who live in the accommodation you are considering;
  • Ask the accommodation representative any questions you may have; and
  • Visit the accommodation.

Please note the information provided on this web site is point in time. Inspection reports and other information are current only at the dates specified and are subject to update from time to time.

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