Supportive living is a combinationof housing, hospitality and securityfor individuals who are not able tolive independently. In some sites,personal care and health services arealso provided.
Long-term care facilities are forpeople with complex health needs; forexample, severe chronic lung diseaseor following a serious stroke. Peopleneeding this level of service havechanging health needs that increasetheir risk for further injury ordeterioration. They need immediatecare from a registered nurse.
This type of care can also includepalliative or end-of-life care, complexmedication management, continualnursing care, and help coping withunstable behaviour.
Chronic disease management
To help people prevent or betterlive with certain diseases such asdiabetes, heart disease, arthritis,asthma, chronic pain and obesity,the Alberta Healthy Living Programoffers Better Choices, Better Health™(BCBH) in several locations across theprovince. The free BCBH workshopscover goal-setting, handling painand fatigue, managing medication,healthy eating, active living, andcommunicating effectively.
While optimal health is always the ultimate goal,
you and your family can find balance, support and
satisfaction in any stage of health
It is never too late to
change health habits or
address health needs
Palliative care and end-of-life
Palliative care and end-of-life care
are offered in-hospital and in-home.
Specialized health-care teams assess
patients and recommend a course of
treatment and care, including:
• Coordinating care and resources
• Educating patients and family
• Managing pain and symptoms
• Social and spiritual support for
patients and families.
Hospices are places people go whenthey are dying and can no longerbe cared for at home. Alberta hasmore than 15 hospices, some inAlberta Health Services’ hospitalsand some in the community run byorganizations such as the SalvationArmy in Calgary or Catholic SocialServices in Edmonton. The goalin hospices is not to make patientsbetter, but to care for them and theirfamilies with dignity and compassionand help them face death withcourage and peace.
Advance care planning
Advance care planning is about
talking with loved ones about the
care you would like if something
happens. This type of planning or
discussion helps individuals and
• Understand their current and
• Understand the health care they
may need in the future or in an
• Reflect on their goals, values and
• Consider the benefits and
burdens of current and future
• Discuss wishes with family, loved
ones and health-care providers.
For more information on programs andservices for seniors, see the directoryon;page;29.