Saint-Thomas - Edmonton
Covenant Care

Covenant Health

Site Overview

Accommodation for 138 supportive living residents.

  • 98 studio
  • 40 memory care

2015/16 Saint-Thomas Fact Sheet (Pdf)

Saint-Thomas Health Centre was built by the francophone community of Edmonton in response to the needs of its aging French speaking population. It is unique in that it was built to provide aging in place services in both French and English to all its residents. In the pursuit of this goal, the building was constructed to house a number of people able to live in the independent apartments as well as a supportive living area with 138 beds, including provisions for Alzheimer and dementia patients.

Services are offered to clients and residents in both French and English. Throughout the building the francophone culture is prominently displayed. Posted communications are in both languages. Linguistic and cultural events are regularly held at Saint-Thomas in French.    

Location & Contact

8411 91 St NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6C 1Z9
Phone: 780.450.2987

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Supportive Living

What is supportive living?
At Saint-Thomas, supportive living is a community setting that focuses on individual autonomy and choice. It concentrates on health promotion, well-being, independence and maintaining function for those no longer able to live in their own homes. It meets the needs of individuals who require assistance with certain daily activities, and it supports the management of a variety of care requirements.

Are there different kinds of supportive living?
There are various supportive living designations. Saint-Thomas residents are Supportive Living 4 or Supportive Living 4 (dementia). Supportive Living Level 4 (SL4) is a setting that provides you with a home where you can enjoy privacy and independence with the comfort of knowing health and personal care supports are on site when you need them.

We also offer Memory Care suites to residents who require Supportive Living Level 4 – Dementia (SL4D). Those with memory challenges may be in general residence or a secured locked unit based on their clinical assessment. We try to ensure that consistent staff support in these areas to enable the formation of familiar relationships.

What does supportive living at Saint-Thomas include?
Saint-Thomas Supportive Living includes:

  • 24-hour care provided by licensed practical nurses and health care aides under the direction of a registered nurse
  • 24-hour personal response system
  • Assistance with daily activities, personal care and medication
  • Three meals a day, and snacks and refreshments throughout the day
  • Housekeeping and laundry services

What is Saint-Thomas Supportive Living’s approach to care?
We believe in caring for the whole person—mind, body and soul. This means we meet our residents’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs and make every effort to help them maintain their independence. Our residents are the primary decision-makers in their health care whenever possible, but we support them in making decisions. We also strive to create a safe and comfortable environment in which our residents can thrive.

My loved one is active in the community. Will he/she be able to stay involved while living at Saint-Thomas?
We understand that many of our residents have made an immense impact on their communities, and we make every effort to help them remain as active in the community as they wish. We encourage our residents to continue attending faith services, host social activities, undertake fundraising activities such as craft sales and host community events like Canada Day celebrations.

How does my loved one get into Saint-Thomas Supportive Living?
Referrals to Saint-Thomas are made through Alberta Health Services (AHS) Transition Services.  Residents must be assessed by AHS, qualify for publically funded supportive living, and decide to select Saint Thomas as their preferred location.    Waitlists are managed by AHS Coordinated Access.  For more information on supportive living, visit the Alberta Health Services website or call 780-496-1300.

Who will take care of my loved one at Saint-Thomas?
Our team of healthcare professionals will care for each resident based on his or her unique needs. Our teams will work closely with an AHS Case Manager who visits regularly to co-ordinate care and monitor the resident’s needs. Our care teams will also work closely with the resident’s physician and onsite pharmacy. 

Who will be my loved one’s doctor if there are any health concerns?
Your loved will need to be under the care of a physician before moving into Saint-Thomas and that physician is the one who continues to provide care once your loved one has moved in.

What types of activities are available for my loved one?
We believe that offering our residents a variety of entertainment activities is critical to their well being. Our recreation department offers many activities for residents, including one-on-one activities, group activities, physical exercise, special events and seasonal festivities.

Nutrition & Accommodations

What are the rooms like?
All rooms at Saint-Thomas Supportive Living are studio suites equipped with a small refrigerator and microwave (not included in the SL4D.

Do I need to bring furniture or other items?
Residents will need to bring their own furniture and personal items which may include such as:

  • Bed
  • Bedside table
  • Bedside lamp
  • Easy chair(s)
  • Table or floor lamp
  • Bed linens (at least two sets)
  • Pillows (two)
  • Towels and wash cloths
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • All needed assistive aids such as wheelchairs, walkers and transfer poles 

We also encourage our residents to bring other personal or decorative items to personalize their suites and make them feel at home.  Please do not bring an excess amount of clothing or furniture.

How do I know if my furniture is appropriate?
It is very important to us that Saint-Thomas is safe for our residents and care teams. We ask that our residents and their families work with their care teams to ensure their suites are furnished in a way that allows staff to easily and safely care for the resident.

Please note that floor mats and throw rugs are not allowed as they pose a significant tripping hazard.

What kinds of meals will my loved one get?
Our food is prepared on site following the Canada Food Guide and is approved by a registered dietician. We are happy to accommodate special diets and a dietician is available to consult with the resident and his or her family if needed.

While breakfast, lunch and dinner are normally served at scheduled times, we can be flexible with your loved one’s meal schedule. 

Visiting

When can I visit?
Family and friends are always welcome at Saint-Thomas and can visit from 9 AM to 9:30 PM . Saint-Thomas is a secure building, so family and friends will be asked to sign in at the entrance.

Can pets visit too?
We welcome family pets as long as they don’t pose a threat to residents, visitors, or staff. We also ask that pets have up-to-date vaccinations and be supervised by someone other than the resident.

Can I host family events at Saint-Thomas Supportive Living?
Yes, we can make arrangements to reserve a space for family events.  Families and friends can bring their own food or arrange to have it prepared by our catering service.

Is there parking?
Yes—there visitor parking available behind the building.  Please park in these designated stalls only.

Is smoking allowed at Saint-Thomas?
All Covenant Care centres, including Saint-Thomas are non-smoking. 

Costs

How much does supportive living cost at Saint-Thomas?
Residents are responsible for paying their monthly accommodation  fees. The fees for supportive living are set by Alberta Health (Government of Alberta) and depend on the suite type. The monthly fee includes all non-medical services (such as meals, weekly housekeeping and spiritual care) and building costs (maintenance, utilities, etc.). These fees do not cover the cost of care, which is funded by Alberta Health. Please visit the Alberta Health website (http://www.health.alberta.ca/services/continuing-care-accommodation-charges.html)  for details on current supportive living fees.

Residents or their designated representatives will be billed monthly by Covenant Care using pre-authorized debit. Residents or their designated representatives are responsible for any additional costs and charges outlined in the Residency Agreement that is signed prior to moving in.

What if I can’t afford it?
The Alberta Seniors Benefit (ASB) program provides a monthly income supplement to federal income sources including Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) for individuals 65 and over.  For more information, contact them at 1.877.644.9992.

Are there any other costs associated with supportive living?
Depending on your loved one’s needs, there may be additional costs such as:

  • medication
  • oxygen therapy equipment and supplies
  • eyeglasses, hearing aids, foot care and dental work
  • mobility aids
  • personal care supplies, toiletries, incontinence products and dressing supplies
  • transportation to and from appointments
  • telephone, cable television and Internet
  • laundry care and dry cleaning

Services

Where will my loved one get his or her medications?
Your loved one’s pharmaceutical needs will be provided by Pharmacare. The pharmacy will work very closely with residents, families and physicians to ensure their medications meet their needs. A clinical pharmacist will regularly visit Saint-Thomas Supportive Living to answer our residents’ questions.

Does my loved one have to use Pharmacare Pharmacy? 
We ask that your loved one use Pharmacare Pharmacy for a number of reasons:

  1. Pharmacare  Pharmacy uses the same medication packaging and delivery for each resident, which ensures safety
  2.  Their pharmacists give regular consultations and medication reviews
  3.  Pharmacare  Pharmacy operates a 24 hour service and has on-call pharmacists who are available during irregular hours

Do I have to pay for medications?
Alberta Blue Cross Seniors Plan and/or private insurers can cover the cost of your loved one’s medication, but he or she will have to pay the amounts not covered by insurance.

How can Saint-Thomas Supportive Living meet my loved one’s spiritual needs?
We are committed to providing spiritual care to all our residents if they want it and we include spiritual care in each resident’s care plan. Our spiritual care team includes a part-time Chaplain, faith leaders from the community and trained volunteers. The Chaplain will visit new residents shortly after they arrive at Saint-Thomas to welcome them and determine if they would like access to spiritual care. 

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