Carewest Colonel Belcher is a 175 private bed Long Term Care Centre which is designed specifically for individuals with complex, unpredictable medical needs whose care cannot be safely provided in their own home or in supportive living. Each room has its own bathroom with a wheelchair accessible shower.
How To Access Colonel Belcher Long Term Care and Supportive Living
Anyone living in Alberta with a valid health care card can receive these services if the assessment of care needs indicates that these services are required.
To access the services speak with your Home Care Coordinator (if you are a Home Care client), call Health Link at 811 or Community Care Access at 403-943-1920. The health professional will arrange for an assessment to determine if long term care, supportive living or an alternate level of care is required. No referral is necessary. A friend or family member can also call for you. For individuals in the hospital, the staff will contact the hospital Transition Coordinator to arrange for an assessment.
Designated Beds for Veterans
135 of the 175 beds at Carewest Colonel Belcher are designated priority access for:
With a new agreement in 2021 there is now additional access to
Designated Beds for Complex Mental Health
29 of the 175 beds at Carewest Colonel Belcher are home for residents with a primary or secondary diagnosis of a mental health disorder and who are eligible for LTC level of care. There are 15 residents on the first floor secured unit and 14 residents on the unsecured floor, each population is housed in separate neighborhoods.
The first floor is a secured dementia unit that is home to 75 residents with moderate to late stages of cognitive impairment and 15 residents with complex mental health needs. Both populations are housed in separate secured neighborhoods.
The second floor is home to 71 residents who are physically frail, medically complex and in many cases developing early cognitive impairment and 14 residents with complex mental health needs Each population is housed in separate neighborhoods. One bed on the second floor is designated as a short stay respite bed for physically frail, medically complex seniors living in the community.
Long term care is for individuals who have:
Complex Mental Health is for individuals who have:
Who Provides Care in Long Term Care and Complex Mental Health
The Alberta Government pays the “care” portion of all long-term care services. Care funding covers the professional and support staff, supplies and medications, personal care services, emergency transportation and special equipment needs.
The Alberta Government also regulates the Accommodation Rates (payable by the resident through their accommodation fees) for long-term care and supportive-living environments. Services funded through accommodation fees pay for the room and hospitality services that include building operations and maintenance, meals and meal services, housekeeping supplies and services, laundering of towels and linens, utilities and also social and leisure activities.
Carewest Supportive Living DSL4 (also known as Designated Supportive Living) at Chartwell Colonel Belcher Seniors Residence
Carewest has 30 contracted beds at Chartwell Colonel Belcher Seniors Residence (the operator next door to Colonel Belcher) to provide a Supportive Living Program in their facility
Colonel Belcher DSL4 is for individuals who:
Complete meal assistance including tube feeds
Medication assistance or administration
Designated DSL4 Beds for Veterans
20 of the 30 beds are designated for preferred access for Veterans.
Who Provides Care for DSL4:
The Alberta Government pays for the health care. Financial assistance for medical equipment and health care supplies may be available from Alberta Aids to Daily Living.
The resident pays for room and board, personal expenses such as laundry and medications.
Funding for Veterans
Veterans may qualify for financial assistance for the accommodation fees from Veterans Affairs.