The history of AgeCare starts in the late 90s with our founders, Dr. Hasmukh Patel and Dr. Kabir Jivraj. At that time Dr. Patel, a family physician in Medicine Hat, Alberta, was struggling with the housing and care options available to seniors. When his patients moved from their homes to a care facility, they often had to leave the neighbourhoods they had come to know and love. They transitioned to facilities that felt more like a hospital than a home. Inspired by examples of innovative senior care in the UK where the aging -in-community model was being used, he saw an opportunity to improve the quality of senior care in Canada.
Dr. Patel was quick to find an ally in his colleague, Dr. Jivraj, who too had seen the problem first-hand as a physician and senior executive at the University of Calgary and Calgary Health Region. The two doctors introduced their “living in place” vision to the Palliser Health Region, and AgeCare was born.
In the first four years of operations, AgeCare built three multi-level seniors care communities in Southern Alberta – AgeCare Valleyview, AgeCare Orchard Manor and AgeCare Columbia – to cultivate the Living in place model in the region.
In 2003, AgeCare expanded its vision into by acquiring seniors communities in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario with AgeCare Harmony Court, AgeCare Glenmore, AgeCare Midnapore, AgeCare Governor’s Walk and AgeCare Sunrise Gardens. In addition, we began growing our expertise in Supportive Living, Adult Day Programs and Child Daycare in Alberta.
The innovation years began in 2010 with our partnership with Hestia Group in the design of multi-generational communities. Each of these communities – AgeCare Sagewood, Sagecourt, Sagewood Villas, AgeCare Walden Heights, Walden Heights Place, Walden Heights Estate and AgeCare SkyPointe – released in multiple phases to meet the unique needs of the local community.