New designated supportive living spaces open in Edmonton

December 5, 2022

EDMONTON — Seniors and area residents who require additional supports with daily living now have more local continuing care options with the opening of Shasta Care Community.

Residents begin moving in today.

Located in the city’s west end, the $45-million facility has 162 new designated supportive living spaces over five floors, 90 of which are specially designed for supporting individuals with dementia. The living spaces are designed in a cottage layout. Resident rooms, which include bariatric spaces, have accessible washrooms with roll-in showers.

“Albertans tell us that, when they or their loved ones cannot remain in their homes, they want a home-like setting where safe, high-quality care is provided,” says Health Minister Jason Copping. “This new Shasta Care Community facility does just that. This government will continue to work with private and public partners to ensure a sustainable and innovative continuing care system is in place for all Albertans, increasing the number of continuing care spaces and living options in communities across the province.”

Designated supportive living assists with many aspects of daily living through services, such as 24-hour monitoring and emergency response from care staff, security, meals, housekeeping and social-enrichment activities.

Shasta Care Community residents have the benefit of a 24/7 healthcare team that includes licensed practical nurses and health care aides to assist with daily activities of living. Designated supportive living residents also have access to specialized services from Alberta Health Services (AHS) allied health practitioners, registered nurses and nurse practitioners.

Shasta Care Community offers many features, such as a hair salon, patios, decks and a courtyard with garden. Residents are welcome to bring their small pets.

“These new designated supportive living spaces enable residents to continue leading healthy, active lives while receiving dedicated and personalized care,” says Eleanor Risling, Executive Director, Continuing Care, AHS Edmonton Zone. “Wellness is at the core of the care plan, with a focus on an individual’s care needs.”

Shasta Seniors Living Society is contracted by AHS to provide care at the site.

“We are delighted to partner with AHS on this new and exceptional care community that pays homage to my wife, Betty-Anne Christie, who spent her career looking for ways to improve the lives of people needing care and support in a residential setting,” says Doug Murphy, President and CEO of the Shasta Seniors Living Society. “I’m sure she would be very proud of this building and would have found a way to improve it just a bit more.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.