Patient Care-based Funding

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.

Patient/Care-Based Funding (PCBF) was implemented beginning in 2010 to phase in equitable funding for long-term care relative to the needs of the residents.

PCBF is currently in place for long-term care and is under review and consideration for possible future implementation to allocate resources for other continuing care settings.

PCBF relies upon an internationally-recognized assessment tool to determine what level of care a resident needs based on their health conditions. This type of model is used in other health organizations across Canada, including Ontario, and around the world in countries such as the U.K., Australia and Norway. The assessment tool is used by long-term care sites throughout the province to plan care for residents.

For more information on our internationally-recognized assessment tool visit: