What is Supportive Living?


Alberta Designated Assisted Living (DAL) also called Designated Supportive Living Level 3(SL3). DAL residences are the same as any other assisted living facilities in Alberta. They are referred to as “designated”, simply because such facilities are operated in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS). Therefore, operators of these facilities provide publicly funded health and support services and must consult regional Health Authorities when making decisions regarding admission and discharge. These residences provide 24/7 access to Health Care Aid as well as continued skilled care via local Home Care Program. In order to access this type of designated Supportive Living in Alberta seniors need to be assessed by a Home Care Registered Nurse. For eligible seniors, the nurse creates an assessment plan that covers which health and personal care services will be provided and covered by AHS.

Alberta Enhanced Assisted Living also referred to Enhanced Lodges or Alberta Designated Supportive Living Level 4 (SL4). AHS controls access to a certain number of units according to the contract between the operator of the facility and AHS. These Alberta Supportive Living residences offer 24-hour scheduled and unscheduled professional, personal care and support services provided by Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Health Care Aides. Alberta Health Services administers case management services, professional health services including 24-hour on-call RN services.

Enhanced Assisted Living Dementia Care Sites or Designated Supportive Living Level 4 Dementia (SL4-D). Assisted living for Alberta seniors living with cognitive impairments (such as Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia) who require safe and secure living accommodation in a therapeutic environment.

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