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SUPPORTIVE LIVING HOUSING:
During the last decade, a new and lucrative industry, sprang
up across Alberta. Entrepreneurs began setting up Assisted
Living facilities in order to house frail, dependent elderly Albertans.
In some instances these facilities contain locked units for cognitively
impaired seniors. The Alberta Government funded the conversion of
Long Term Care Facilities into Assisted Living Facilities. They did not
require these facilities to obtain a license nor were they subject to the
Nursing Homes Act.
An assisted living facility in Lloydminster posted a hotel catering license.
In the West end, a facility posted a City of Edmonton rental license despite
housing vulnerable Alzheimer residents in a locked unit, which does not
have patient call bells.
In May 2007, because of our many complaints, government began licensing
established facilities, some of which had known, serious flaws. One was
known to have heating difficulties because of an inferior heating system,
another, failure to have resident rooms equipped with sprinkler systems
as was the situation at the Lifestyle Options facility which burned on the
Now the Supportive Living Accommodation Licensing Act is before the Legislature.
The intended licensing Act for these facilities, (Bill 10), has passed 2nd reading
but has not been given Royal Assent. Why the delay?
Unlicensed, unregulated, unmonitored.
Seniors need to be aware of the reality of this housing.