Alberta Health Services (AHS) is seeking proposals from new and existing continuing care operators to add publicly funded spaces without additional capital funding.
This initiative builds on the Affordable Supportive Living Initiative (ASLI) and targets communities across the province with the most pressing need for new spaces.
“Seniors and vulnerable Albertans deserve high-quality continuing care close to home; and too many Albertans are waiting in hospital for continuing care spaces,” said Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health.
“This initiative is part of our larger commitment to add continuing care spaces so seniors and vulnerable people can get the care they need in the communities they love.”
Interested operators in priority communities are invited to submit proposals through an expression of interest (EOI) process if they have capacity to operate new continuing care spaces, under contract with AHS.
This is said to be the first step in a larger plan to expand continuing care and ensure communities most in need get support to open new spaces.
Communities targeted for the EOI process include Three Hills, Trochu and Linden.
As of March, there are 27,518 continuing care spaces in Alberta. The average wait for a move into a continuing care facility was 54 days in 2019-20.
As of March 31, AHS operates 103 continuing care facilities in Alberta.
There are also 126 privately operated facilities and 124 non-profit facilities offering continuing care services.
Currently, about 400 Albertans are waiting in acute care for continuing care spaces to become available.
Budget 2020 includes $164 million over three years to increase the number of continuing care spaces available across the province.
A detailed analysis by AHS has identified 31 Alberta communities most in need of new continuing care spaces based on current and projected demand and supply, age of the population, and health-care utilization.