Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Costs?
A common question we receive is ‘how much does it cost to live in an Origin Active Living Community?’. Several variables go into answering this question – and the price can vary depending on your selection.
Type of Senior Care
Prices can vary depending on what service Origin is providing. We offer independent living, assisted living, memory care, and respite care in our communities. Our team members work with you and your family to determine which type of care is appropriate for you or your loved one. Once you select your service, all amenities, rent, meals, care, and activities are included in that price.
At each community, we offer a variety of suite sizes and floor plan to accommodate any budget. From shared suites and studios all the way to two-bedroom apartments, we have many options for you to choose from. Our rental apartments are offered on a month-to-month basis with no long-term lease or buy-in required.
Price can depend on which community you choose to make your home. Each community is unique and offers a broad range of amenities for everyone to enjoy.
What is it Like Living at Origin?
When Can Residents Have Visitors?
At Origin Active Living Communities, our doors are open around the clock for family members! We do ask that visitors sign in and out at the front desk, so we know who is currently in our community. We recognize that family interaction contributes significantly to overall wellness and we welcome visitors! With our 24-hr staffing, there is always someone to greet family members and friends when they come to our community.
Are We Able to Take Our Loved One Out for The Day or Overnight?
Absolutely! We feel it is important for each resident to experience regular fellowship with friends and family. Independent living and assisted living residents are welcome to come and go as they please. However, for security reasons, we do ask to be informed of visits or vacations that will be spent away from the community overnight. For memory care residents, we ask that family provide proof of relationship. Please contact your Origin community for specific requirements.
Are Pets Allowed at Origin Communities?
Yes, our communities are pet-friendly! We welcome pets into our community for visits and our residents can have their pets. We do require residents to sign a pet policy document and comply with our community standards before bringing in their furry friends.
How Big Are Your Apartments and Are They Furnished?
We offer a variety of apartment homes ranging in square footage. Each apartment is spacious and includes an in-suite, private bathroom and kitchenette. All of our apartments are unfurnished to allow residents to create their personal space with their cherished belongings.
What Do I Need to Bring When I Move In?
It is our team’s goal to make your move as smooth and efficient as possible. Our team members will walk you through the documentation you should bring before move in day. We use this as an opportunity to get to know our residents! Through this process, we learn their likes and dislikes, whom they love, and how we can support them as they join the Origin family. We encourage our team to learn the unique history of each of our residents and make their home a special one full of love. However, we do see some common things that are not always remembered when our residents move in. Here’s a list of things you should consider while making your move into an Origin community.
Make sure to not pack away any pertinent personal information or identification cards during your move. It is important that these be handy during your move into an Origin community and in the event of an emergency. We recommend putting them somewhere safe like a fireproof box for storage and keeping it out of moving boxes if possible!
Because moving can be overwhelming, it is not uncommon to temporarily misplace things in the shuffle. Make sure to keep any necessary medication out of moving boxes and somewhere safe. If family or friends are helping you move, consider asking one of them to look after your medicine and to ensure it is able to be accessed at the proper times.
Change of Address
Before you move, take a moment to file a change of address with the Canada Post – this will prevent mail from being sent to your old address. Because mail forwarding is only a temporary service, be sure to reach out to any subscription service, friends, and family, to update your address.
PRIVATE SUPPORTIVE LIVING VERSUS DESIGNATED SUPPORTIVE LIVING
Private Supportive Living
- Privately funded and operated communities
- Studio, 1 bedroom and most have 2 bedroom apartment style suites available
- Most suites have a modified kitchen (i.e. cupboards, sink, bar fridge)
- Basic services offered are: meals, snacks, housekeeping, linen service, social activities and bus service for appointments
- Additional care packages are offered as some communities
- Each community offers a variety of social areas such as libraries, activity rooms, family dining room, theatres, etc.
- One site Home Care and/or other care options are possible in many locations, additional cost may apply.
Designated Supportive Living
A referral from Alberta Health Services is required to be eligible for this housing option This program is available for the individual who may require:
- 24 hour personal care support, and occasional/scheduled professional care
- Can no longer live at home even with support services
- Would benefit from being in a group setting
Services offered are:
- 24 hour personal care to help with bathing, meals and dressing
- 24 hour access to an on call registered nurse
- Alberta Health Services Community Nurse to manage the resident’s care plan
- Alberta Health Services covers the cost of the support services
- The resident is responsible for the room and board charge plus personal expenses such as laundry and medications. Room and board includes meals, snack, housekeeping, linen service and social activities
- Private Supportive Living Communities or designated communities have a contractual agreement with Alberta Health Services to provide room, board and some support services
- Residency requirements apply to this program. An assessment is need to qualify for this program by Alberta Health Service-Community Care Access