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Palliative Care in the Bow Valley Corridor – Community Conversations

Enhancing palliative and end-of-life supports in the Bow Valley Corridor.


This is your opportunity to inform and participate in the future of community based palliative care in the Bow Valley Corridor. We invite ALL residents* of the Bow Valley Corridor to join one or more of the following conversations:

  • Canmore  Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm
    Elevation Place700 Railway Avenue, Canmore
  • Cochrane  Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 1pm to 3pm
    Homestead Building, 209 2 Avenue West, Cochrane
  • Banff  Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    YWCA Banff Hotel, 102 Spray Avenue, Banff

*The Bow Valley Corridor is located on Treaty 7 Territory and we enthusiastically welcome members of Indigenous communities.

This project is a collaboration between:

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Support and Housing Options for Bighorn Seniors

As we age eventually it can become difficult for some to live independently in their homes. To assist these residents here is an overview of some services available to help them to stay in their homes, if safely possible. This may also provide options to consider while planning for a time when living independantly may no longer be possible.

These may not be all the supports available to the MD, but they represent majority of them. If you have any suggestions to add to these, please contact MD Bighorn Community Services.


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Supports in Your Home and Community
Continuing Care Options
Independent Seniors Apartments
Functionally Independent Seniors Lodges
Long Term Care Services
Private Area Facilities and Organizations
Articles and websites on alternative housing information, ideas and links


Supports in Your Home and Community

Home Care by Alberta Health Services (AHS) provides free health care services or contracts other home care providers to provide care. Home Care does not provide all the services a senor may need, but can help arrange other supports provided in your area.  A Case Manager works directly with the senior and family and is responsible for assessing the needs and ensuring the overall coordination of care and services.

Income Tax Preparation for simple tax returns is a free service offered by Canmore and Cochrane FCSS.  Keeping tax returns current is important to ensure you are accessing all the support programs available to you and you get any refunds!   Please book your appointment early for this popular service. 

If your tax returns are not filed by April 30 various Seniors (Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Alberta Seniors Benefits), Disability, Child Care benefits, GST and Carbon Tax Credits may stop or increases you may be entitled to will not occur.

If your income is suddenly less than usual some seniors programs allow for a current year income estimate to be submitted this needs to be done early in the year so that your new benefit year will be adjusted correctly (Seniors Benefits year runs July 1 to June 30).  Please contact Community Services for further information on submitting an Income Estimate.

Housekeeping, Laundry, Property Care, Handyman services Home Care and Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) have lists of local people who may provide some of these services.  You are responsible to ask for and check references; being on these lists does not mean these are vetted or endorsed services. If your income in 2016 was under $26,965 (single) or $43,785 (couple) you can apply for Alberta Special Needs Assistance for Seniors to help recover some of these costs, some appliance replacements and home repairs.

Healthy Meal Options are available in Cochrane and Canmore and the freezer section of your grocery store. See more in this related article Healthy Meal Options

Transportation Assistance in the MD is through a small Transportation Assistance Program and coordination of Volunteer Drivers for occasional trips to medical appointments and programs (for a fee). More information is available at MD-Transportation-Program-Amendment-December-2016.pdf

More Area Supports:

Kerby Centre
Phone: 403-265-0661, Fax: 403-705-3211, E-mail:, Website:
Location: 1133 – 7th Avenue SW Calgary, AB, T2P 1B2.  Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am – 4:30pm
For Calgary and area residents aged 55 years and over. Services include: Information Resources, Housing Registry, Wellness Centre, Programs, Kerby News for Seniors, Shops, Travel, Volunteer Department, Dining Service, Computer Training, Adult Day Support Program, and Shelter for abused seniors age 55 and over.

LifeCall of Canada
Phone: 1-800-661-5433, E-mail:, Website:  
This is a personal emergency response system that allows seniors, the chronically ill or physically challenged to live safer and more independently. Customers with LifeCall systems are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the built-in-two-way voice communicator unit and a personal help button. When help is required, customers press the button, which can be worn on the wrist, as a pendant or on a belt, and they will be connected with a trained emergency response operator. LifeCall is a monthly rental with no activation fees or long-term commitment.

Seniors on the Bow Centre
Phone: 403-932-6002, E-mail:, Website: 
Located 2nd floor of the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre 800 Griffin Rd, Cochrane. AB, T4C 2B8.  Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm, year-round.
For program listings, please view

Heart Mountain Go-Getters – Exshaw Seniors Association

Hospice Calgary Sage Centre and Rosedale Hospice
Hospice Calgary guides children, teens, adults and families through the grieving process as they face a life-threatening illness and the death of a loved one. Their professional team offers individual, family and group support and 24-hour end of life care.
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Continuing Care Options

Continuing care includes home care, supportive living, long-term care, hospice and end of life care. AHS has programs and services to help Albertans of all ages lead active and fulfilling lives, close to home.

Continuing Care FAQs

More informaton is avalable at 

Continuing Care 101  – YouTube Video



Supportive Living is a home-like setting where people can maintain control over their lives while also receiving the support they need. Buildings are specifically designed with common areas and features to allow individuals to age in place and include private space with a safe, secure and barrier free environment.

Supportive living promotes residents independence and aging in place through the provision of services such as 24-hour monitoring, emergency response, security, meals, housekeeping and life-enrichment activities. Publicly funded personal care and health services are provided to supportive living residents based on assessed unmet needs.

Supportive living includes comprehensive services such as the availability of 24-hour nursing care (levels 3 or 4). Supportive Living 4-Dementia is also available for those individuals living with moderate to severe dementia or cognitive impairment. Albertans accessing supportive living services generally reside in lodges, retirement communities or supportive living centers.

We list provincially funded area supportive living options first, followed by private and alternative options.

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Independent Seniors Apartments

From the Alberta Seniors website:
This program provides apartment type accommodation to low and moderate-income seniors who are functionally independent with or without the assistance of existing community based services. The tenants rent, which includes heat, water and sewer expenses, is based on 30 percent of a households adjusted income. Tenant’s are responsible for electricity, telephone and cable television, as well as any additional services they may request i.e. parking.

Senior citizens whose income falls below local limits (Core Need Income Threshold or CNIT) and who are functionally independent, with or without the help of existing community based services are eligible. Applicants are prioritized on the basis of need.

Bow Valley Regional Housing (BVRH)
Call 403-678-5922 or Email: , website:, Office at: 920-13 Street Canmore, AB T1W 1W1.
BVRH operates 62 apartment-type units in Banff Mount Edith House and Canmore Bow River Homes

Evergreen Manor, Cochrane
Legion West Heritage Society, Phone: 403-932-6489, Location: 300 Ross Avenue, Cochrane, AB, T4C 1X4
Services: Subsidized rental apartment for seniors who are able to manage on their own. Apartment building has exercise room, hairdressing salon, and a meeting room. 

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Functionally Independent Seniors Lodges

From the Alberta Seniors website:
This program provides single or double bed/sitting rooms, meals, housekeeping services, linen/laundry and recreational services. Services beyond these basic offerings vary depending on the lodge and the community. Management of the facilities and tenant selection are delegated to management bodies.

Generally, lodges do not have health professionals on staff and lodge employees are not trained to care for residents with health or complex personal care needs. All lodge residents who are assessed by the health system as requiring health care can receive these services through the Home Care Program provided by Alberta Health Services. In addition, some management bodies have formal agreements with Alberta Health Services to coordinate or provide health and personal care services to their lodge residents.

Senior citizens who are functionally independent, with or without the help of existing community based services, are eligible for lodge accommodation. Applicants are prioritized on the basis of need, which takes into consideration housing need, level of support required and income. It is this priority list that identifies which applicants will be housed first. Applicants may also need to meet local residency requirements.

Big Hill Lodge
Phone: 403-932-3355 Fax: 403-932-9226, Email:
Address: 98 Carolina Drive, Cochrane, AB, T4C 1X5, Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00am 4:00pm (office)
Services: Big Hill Lodge offers safe and affordable housing to seniors 65 and older. Home cooked meals, Housekeeping services, Full time Recreational services and 24-hour staffing and security are provided to our residents in a warm, friendly and home like environment. Big Hill Lodge, Senior’s Housing with Heart”. 

Bow Valley Regional Housing 
Call 403-678-5922 or Email us: , website:  Office at: 920-13 Street Canmore, AB T1W 1W1.
BVRH operates 2 Lodges (Banff Cascade House and Bow River Lodge, Canmore) with a total of 79 supportive living residential rooms in Banff/Canmore. Most of our Lodge Residents are fully functional but enjoy letting us cook and clean for them! Our lodges provide every resident with the opportunity to enjoy full meal and snack services, but we are not responsible for their nutritional needs. We are exploring opportunities to increase our level of care service at Bow River Seniors Lodge in Canmore.

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Long Term Care Services

Provided by Alberta Health Services – Calgary Zone, these offer residential care for people who have long-term health concerns. Provides long-term residential care, including: nursing and personal care, physical, occupational or recreational therapy, pharmacy services. Application is required, accommodation fees are charged as well as additional fees for personal laundry, hairdressing, telephone and cable.  Fee reductions may be available

Bethany Cochrane
Phone: 403-932-6422 Fax: 403-932-4617  Website:
Location: 302 Quigley Drive, Cochrane, AB, T4C 1X9
Business Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am 4:00pm Services:
Creating Caring Communities Bethany offers a home-like model of long term care services for those with 24-hour care needs. Medical, nursing, personal care, food services, laundry, housekeeping, social work, recreational, occupational and music therapy are provided. Bethany also offers supportive living for those with minimal scheduled care needs. Bethanys chaplain provides spiritual ministry, care and support to residents, families, staff and volunteers. Various other services such as a hair salon and tuck shop are available.

The Adult Day Program (ADP) is for seniors in the community of Cochrane & surrounding rural areas. The specialized program engages participants in physical, spiritual, cognitive, social and leisure activities, as well as providing respite for family caregivers. They operate two program groups twice a week – holistic program Tuesday & Thursdays and a dementia program Wednesdays & Fridays.

Canmore General Hospital – Golden Eagle View Long Term Care Unit
Phone: 403-678-5536, Location 1100 Hospital Place, Canmore, AB T1W 1N2
Provides long-term residential care, including: nursing and personal care, physical, occupational or recreational therapy, pharmacy services

Banff Mineral Springs Hospital – St. Martha’s Place
Phone: 403-762-2222, Location: 305 Lynx Street, Banff, AB  T1L 1H7
Provides long-term residential care, including: nursing and personal care, physical, occupational or recreational therapy, pharmacy services

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Private Area Facilities and Organizations:

Origin at Spring Creek
website, 403-678-2288, 808 Spring Creek Drive, Canmore, Alberta  T1W 0K3

Origin at Spring Creek Seniors Lifestyle Residence combines the neighborhoods emphasis on luxury mountain living with life-enriching programs and amenities for active retirees and seniors. Offering the seniors of Canmore a mix of independent living condominiums with assisted support as well as luxury all-inclusive rental suites. Monthly rental fee includes basic healthcare, spacious studio, 1 & 2 bedroom suites, chef inspired meals served daily, wine tasting room, full service spa, internet coffee shop,  daily fitness & social programs, salt-water pool, weekly housekeeping & laundry,  24 Safety & security, easy 5 minute walk to downtown shop, walking trails & landscaped courtyard.

Hunt Coulee Village
Hunt Coulee Village is located less than a kilometer west of the junction of Bearspaw Road and Big Hill Springs Road/Highway 567
Website:, CDS Housing Options Ltd. Cell: 403-680-0562, Email:

This will be a rural, active lifestyle +55 housing development planned and designed by seniors for seniors with a long-range plan that includes an option for a supportive care facility. Grading and servicing of the site is planned for mid-2017. Within 15 minutes driving from major urban centres of Airdrie, Cochrane and Calgary, 30 minutes from the Calgary Foothills Hospital and 10 minutes from the Bearspaw Fire Hall/EMS on 1A Hwy.

Rural Way
The organization behind the Rural Way is the Western Rocky View Communities Development Society (CDS). The Rural Way is a program of CDS that provides a way to engage the community in responding to rural aging needs. The Communities Development Society (CDS) is a not for profit charitable society that supports grassroots community development in rural communities. They:  

  • Facilitate community conversations to identify community strengths, resources, issues and concerns, 
  • Assist in developing plans for local solutions and strategies, and 
  • Promote community collaboration and coordination. 

Vision: Resilient, connected rural communities 
We assist rural communities to engage and connect for an enhanced quality of life

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Articles and websites on alternative housing information, ideas and links:

When Downsizing Seems Boring: Creative Senior Housing Options; 5 Housing Alternatives for Older Adults to Consider By Sally Abrahms 
Full Article at
Senior Housing Option #1: Home Sharing
Senior Housing Option #2: Cohousing
Senior Housing Option #3: Niche Communities
Senior Housing Option #4: Multigenerational Living
Senior Housing Option #5: The Village Model



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LafargeHolcim Exshaw plant air quality monitoring results

The LafargeHolcim plant in Exshaw has asked the Municipal District to provide their air quality monitoring results link to the general public. Results are updated weekly and can be found at  That link is also posted under Agriculture and Environment on