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Common terms and care designations
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In British Columbia, Assisted Living is for those who can live independently and make decisions on their own behalf, but require a supportive environment and assistance with daily tasks due to physical or functional health challenges.
Complex care is another phrase used to describe “Long term care”, for Seniors who require 24/7 nursing care and support due to complex health care requirements and/or suffer from cognitive decline and memory loss.
Independent Living is a retirement living option for seniors seeking to maintain their independence while having access to in-house services and amenities to enhance their current lifestyle.
Long Term Care
Long term care is for those Seniors who can no longer live safely or independently at home due to complex health care requirements and/or suffer from cognitive decline and memory loss. Long term care residences provide full-time daily living and nursing care and may offer subsidized, private-pay or a mixture of each at any individual location.
Private pay refers to beds or suites that are paid fully by the resident, without government support or subsidies. Private pay suites can range from independent living to assisted/supportive living and long term care.
Retirement living is another term used to describe “Independent Living”, for seniors seeking to maintain their independence while having access to in-house services and amenities to enhance their current lifestyle.
In Alberta, supportive living is for those who can live somewhat independently. Some can make their own decisions and some have legal decision makers to make decisions on their behalf. Supportive living is for residents who require a supportive environment and assistance with daily tasks due to physical or functional health challenges. There are several types of “Designated Supportive Living” in Alberta including DSL3, DSL4 and DSL4 Secure.
Subsidized care refers to rooms or beds that are partially funded by the government and partially funded by the resident in both BC and Alberta.