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Residents living in supportive living and long-term care are responsible for paying an accommodation charge. Examples of accommodation-related services include:
- routine building maintenance
Health care services in designated supportive living and long-term care settings are publicly funded at no cost to residents.
The Alberta government sets the maximum accommodation charge in designated supportive living and long-term care. In other types of supportive living settings, the accommodation charge, or rent, is set by the operator and can vary from facility to facility.
As per regulation, maximum accommodation rates are increasing to 5.5% as of July 1, 2022 by the change in the Consumer Price Index.
In light of the high inflation rate and residents experiencing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents will not be charged this increase for the time-period July 1 to September 30, 2022.
Residents will continue to be charged the current accommodation rates for 2021 during this period.
Government will pay facility operators the increase for this 3 month period.
The go-forward maximum charges for residents for October 1, 2022, will be confirmed at a later date.
Maximum accommodation charges for designated supportive living and long-term care are:
Effective July 1, 2022 based on 5.5% increase in the Alberta Consumer Price Index*
|Room Type||Daily||Avg. Monthly|
|Standard - Alternate Level of Care||$60.80||$1,849|
2021 Accommodation rates extended until September 30, 2022
(The 2021 rates based on 0.6% increase in the Alberta Consumer Price Index*)
|Room Type||Daily||Avg. Monthly|
Accommodation charges while in hospital
If you are in the hospital receiving care, your condition may improve or change to a point where the hospital care team may determine your care needs no longer require hospital services. It may be decided you would best be cared for in designated supportive living or long-term care.
If a designated supportive living or long-term care space is not immediately available to meet your needs and preferences, you may be required to stay in the hospital while waiting for a space to become available.
If you are staying in a hospital bed while awaiting a move into designated supportive living or long-term care, you will be charged a fee called an Alternate Level of Care (ALC) Accommodation Charge.
These charges are set at the rate currently charged for a “Standard” room type noted in the accommodation rates above. This charge does not apply if your move is for palliative care.
Contact your care team to help you explore possible government income supports and other benefits if the accommodation charge will cause you financial hardship.
In designated supportive living and long-term care facilities, accommodation charges may be fully or partly covered for residents who are eligible for the Alberta Seniors Benefit or clients of the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program.
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