What is Continuing Care?

Continuing Care

Alberta Continuing Care Act Effective April 1, 2024

References to continuing care (including home care, designated supportive living, long term care and hospice) may not reflect the updated language or terms found in the new Alberta Continuing Care Act effective April 1, 2024. Refer to the Continuing Care Glossary for definitions.

Continuing Care Overview

Continuing care includes Home & Community Care, and Continuing Care Homes.

Home & Community Care

Assists Albertans of all ages to remain well, safe and independent in their home for as long as possible by providing professional and personal care services. Home & Community Care services are primarily delivered in your home; however, flexibility exists to deliver services in a variety of other settings.

Continuing Care Homes

There are three main types: Type A (formerly Long-Term Care), Type B (formerly Designated Supportive Living) and Type C (Hospice).

To get started, you need a Case Manager.

Continuing Care Home Type A (formerly Long-Term Care)

Supports individuals with more complex health needs whose care cannot be safely provided in their own home, or in a Continuing Care Home Type B. This includes:

  • Scheduled and unscheduled professional and personal care support 
    • RN/RPN care onsite 24 hours per day.
    • LPN may also be onsite in addition to 24 hour onsite personal care and support provided by HCAs
  • Specialist consultative services may require off-site or virtual support.

Continuing Care Home Type B (formerly Designated Supportive Living)

Provides accommodation, meals and some health support yet still allows residents to live independently in a home environment. This includes:

  • Scheduled and unscheduled personal care with health care aides (HCA) 24 hours onsite.
  • Professional nursing care depending on your needs is available 24 hours per day (may be onsite, on-call or virtual), such as:
    • licensed practical nurse (LPN), 
    • registered nurse (RN), 
    • registered psychiatric nurse (RPN) 
  • Also includes Type B – Secure Space (formerly Designated Supportive Living for Dementia) which provides a secure space for residents.

Continuing Care Home Type C (Hospice)

Palliative or End-of-Life Care services offered in any environment so Albertans can experience dignity and comfort in their final stages of life.

Services & Supports Table

  Home & Community Care Continuing Care Home Type B (formerly Designated Supportive Living) Continuing Care Home Type A (formerly Long-Term Care)
What is it? Healthcare services to help people remain well, safe, and independent in their home or congregate living setting (i.e. a lodge) for as long as possible. Provides a higher level of personal care supports onsite while promoting residents' independence to age in place. Designed specifically for individuals with complex, unpredictable medical needs who require 24-hour onsite Registered Nurse assessment and/or treatment.
Who is it for? Anyone living in Alberta with a valid healthcare card can receive services, if their needs can be met safely in their place of residence. Individuals who have increased care needs and require access to 24-hour monitoring and support. Individuals who have very complex and unpredictable health needs whose care cannot be safely provided in their own home or in Continuing Care Home Type B.
Who provides care? Home & Community Care providers, the individual and family/caregivers are all active partners of the care team. Health Care Aides are onsite 24-hours a day and scheduled professional care (nursing, rehabilitation therapy, etc.) is available depending on your needs. Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Health Care Aides, and other healthcare professionals depending on your needs.

More Information on Continuing Care Home Type C (Hospice).

For more information on continuing care services and supports, visit Continuing Care Services.