able to arrange, manage and direct
their own care and be responsible for
decisions about day-to-day activities.
The lodges are run by local housing
management bodies and offer social,
leisure and recreational activities.
Accommodation fees include rent,
meals and 24-hour onsite safety staff
(staff are not health care providers).
Additional services may be offered,
some may be at an extra fee such as
housekeeping or personal laundry
services. If needed, personal care can
be arranged through home care.
Designated supportive living offers the
same housekeeping and recreational
amenities as a seniors lodge, plus
24-hour-a-day home care and on-site
healthcare for an array of needs. Some
spaces are best for people who can
manage daily tasks by themselves,
while others specialize in caring for
people with complex and chronic
conditions, including advanced
Long-term care supports people
with complex and unpredictable
health issues who need 24-hour
care. Services include regular visits
from a physician, complex nursing
care, and support from other health
professionals. Social programs such
as games, leisure activities and live
entertainment complement this care.
Long-term care beds can be in
auxiliary hospitals or supportive
living residences. For more about
long-term care services, visit
People with dementia can live at
home, or in supportive living and
long-term care, depending on their
and their family’s needs. Case
managers work with patients and
families to determine the best care
wherever people call home.
“In some cases, specialized supports
may be available to help people
experiencing responsive behaviours
related to dementia,” says Sophie
Sapergia, director with AHS’s
provincial continuing care team.
Sapergia recommends calling
Health Link at 811 with questions
about dementia. Health Link staff will
suggest supports for any concerns,
including a referral to a dementia
“Dementia nurses through Health
Link’s Dementia Advice have extensive
training and experience in seniors’
health and caring for people living
with dementia, and their caregivers,”
For more information, call 811.
Palliative care begins when a person
is diagnosed with a life-limiting, but
not necessarily life-threatening illness.
End-of-life care happens closer to
the time of death. In both instances,