Overview

Residents living in supportive living and long-term care are responsible for paying an accommodation charge. Examples of accommodation-related services include:

  • rooms
  • meals
  • housekeeping
  • routine building maintenance

Health care services in designated supportive living and long-term care settings are publicly funded at no cost to residents.

Accommodation charges

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.

July 1 to October 31, 2022 charges

As per regulation, maximum accommodation rates increased by 5.5% as of July 1, 2022, by the change in the Alberta Consumer Price Index.

2022 Accommodation charge increase based on 5.5% increase in the Alberta Consumer Price Index*

*As published by Statistics Canada, for the 12-month period ending on February 28, 2022.
**As of 2022, standard wardrooms in continuing care homes with more than 2 residents have been eliminated as part of the Facility Based Continuing Care Review implementation, so the accommodation charges no longer apply in these settings. The standard room rate applies only to those in hospital who are awaiting admission into a continuing care facility.
Room type Daily Average monthly
Private room $73.95 $2,249
Semi-private $64.00 $1,947
Standard – Alternate level of care** $60.80 $1,849

In light of recent high inflation rates and residents experiencing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents will not be charged this 5.5% increase for the time-period July 1 to October 31, 2022.

Residents will continue to be charged the current accommodation rates for 2021 during this period.

Government will pay designated supportive living and long-term care operators the 5.5% increase for this 4-month period.

2021 Accommodation rates extended for the period July 1 to October 31, 2022
The 2021 rates based on 0.6% increase in the Alberta Consumer Price Index*

*As published by Statistics Canada, for the 12-month period ending on February 28, 2021.
Room type Daily Average monthly
Private room $70.10 $2,132
Semi-private $60.65 $1,845
Standard $57.65 $1,754

November 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023 charges

Effective November 1, 2022, the resident’s maximum accommodation charge will only increase by 3.2% instead of the full 5.5%. The Government of Alberta will subsidize operators the remaining 2.3% of the total 5.5% from November 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.

Accommodation rates for the period November 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023

*As of 2022, standard wardrooms in continuing care homes with more than 2 residents have been eliminated as part of the Facility Based Continuing Care Review implementation, so the accommodation charges no longer apply in these settings. The standard room rate applies only to those in hospital who are awaiting admission into a continuing care facility.
Government income supports related to all of these charges will continue to be available to eligible low-income clients.
Room type Daily Average monthly
Private room $72.35 $2,201
Semi-private $62.60 $1,904
Standard – Alternate level of care* $59.50 $1,810

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.

Read Alberta Health Services’ policy on Alternate Level of Care Accommodation Charges

Financial help

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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