Funded vs. Non-Funded
In Alberta, seniors may qualify for Designated Supportive Living (DSL) from Alberta Health Services (AHS). Supportive living provides accommodations for seniors in a home-like setting that encourages independence while having access to services that meet their changes needs. Alberta Health Services has partnered with long term care providers across Alberta to provide this service to seniors.
Through this program, Alberta Health Services will cover the cost of the senior’s support services. However, the resident is still responsible for the room rent (which includes meals, snacks, housekeeping, and social activities) and personal expenses such as medication.
To qualify for a referral, a senior must meet the following criteria:
- Require 24-hour personal care support and scheduled professional care
- They can no longer live at home even with support services
- They would benefit greatly from living in a communal environment
To offer supportive living service, a long-term care provider must:
- Offer 24-hour personal care to help with a residents bathing, meals, and dressing
- Have 24-hour access to an on-call, registered nurse
- Work with an Alberta Health Services Community Nurse to manage a resident’s care plan