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AgeCare Columbia, Lethbridge

785 Columbia Blvd. W, Lethbridge, AB T1K 4T8
(403) 320-9363
Services Offered

Care Funding & Accommodation Fees

There is often a lot of confusion about the services that residents pay for and those paid for by the provincial government.

  • Health care related services, Care Funding, are paid by Alberta Health Services, through funds provided by the Government of Alberta This is commonly referred to as .
  • Residents pay an Accommodation Fee to cover the costs of providing accommodations and services like meals, housekeeping and building maintenance.

Care Funding

Alberta Health Services, through funds provided by the Government of Alberta, is responsible for funding health care.

Care funding provides for:

Nursing Services
  • Registered Nurses (RNs)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)
  • Health Care Aides (HCAs)
Therapy Services
  • Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, and other therapy services as required
  • Recreation Therapy
Other Care Services
  • Social Work Support
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Pharmacy Services Including Medications

Who Qualifies for Publicly Funded  Care in Alberta?

To qualify for publicly funded care  you must have residency status in the Province of Alberta which requires:

  • 10 consecutive years of residency in Canada at the time of application for care center admission, or
  • 3 consecutive years of residency in Alberta any time during your lifetime, or
  • 3 consecutive months residing in the Calgary Health Region prior to application
If you do not meet the above requirements and still wish to be admitted, AgeCare Columbia Retirement Community offers a private pay option.

Accommodation Fees

All accommodation fees for continuing care are set by the Government of Alberta and are based on the room type. Rates will increase on the 1st of July each year and pricing is set by the Government of Alberta. A current list of the continuing care accommodation rates is available through Alberta Health Services.

Financial assistance for eligible residents is available through Alberta Seniors.

Resident accommodation fees pay for services such as:

  • Resident room
  • Food Services
  • Maintenance
  • Utilities (natural gas, electricity, water)
  • Building insurance
  • Administrative services

How Alberta measures up

Accommodation Rates Monthly comfort allowance
Alberta (as of July 1, 2014) $1,509 – $1,839 $315
British Columbia $971 – $3,093 $325
Saskatchewan $1,035 – $1,970 $286
Manitoba $1,031 – $2,409 $300
Ontario $1,707 – $2,362 $134
Quebec $1,093 – $1,758 $197
P.E.I. $2,360 $103
N.L. $2,800 $150
New Brunswick $3,437 $108
Nova Scotia $3,163 $254

Private Pay Options

AgeCare Columbia Retirement Community is pleased to offer comprehensive care services and accommodation that can be fully paid for by the resident. This service is designed to serve potential residents who don’t meet eligibility for funded care but wish to access outstanding quality long-term care services and accommodation without having to go through Alberta Health Services’ assessment and placement process.

There are a limited number of available rooms with this option. Please contact AgeCare Columbia Retirement Community for more information.