Community Care Cottages provide safe, personal, individualized care with a low caregiver-to-resident ratio, but with the engagement and social interaction afforded by a small residence.

Love lives here: Changing the look and feel of senior care

Smaller, personalizedresidential care a welcome choice

When the time comes for long-term care for an elderly loved one, families may think the choice is between home care or a large nursing home.

But there is another option – one that provides safe, personal, individualized care with a low caregiver-to-resident ratio, but with the engagement and social interaction afforded by a small residence.

Recent world events have pointed to challenges that can arise with large-scale care facilities; and for seniors who are otherwise in good health, waiting in hospital for a long-term care bed isn’t where they want to spend their time.

At the same time, living in the family home, even with home care, can feel isolating and put pressure on families who want to know their loved ones are safe, happy and engaged.

A local, community-based model has taken the best of these scenarios and created something better: Community Care Cottages.

Located in purpose-built residences in the community, the supportive and inviting home environment includes both shared, communal spaces and private rooms residents can personalize. And with a 1:4 or 1:5 caregiver-to-resident ratio, an on-site nurse and 24-hour care, each patient’s specific medical needs are catered to by professional staff.

Residents enjoy nutritious and delicious home-cooked meals and a variety of engaging daily activities.

What has this option meant for families?

“It’s huge,” says Karen Cazemier, owner-operator of Community Care Cottages, with two residences in Red Deer and one in Lacombe, plus Calgary and Edmonton. “One of the biggest struggles for families is feeling guilty about suggesting long-term care for a parent or grandparent. When they see their loved one happy and engaged, and receiving safe, quality care, everything changes.”

Direct, regular contact with families ensures they’re always up-to-date with their loved one’s care and overall wellness, with weekly doctor visits (or video conferencing as needed). “We all work together as a team,” Karen notes, sharing their T.L.C. philosophy of care:

  • Trust – Built by consistently delivering the quality attention and care our loved ones need, paying close attention their detailed, personally designed care plans.
  • Love – Patient, attentive staff and a welcoming, caring setting create a love-filled home for your loved one.
  • Compassion – Understanding the changes that come with aging can be difficult, residents and their families enjoy the supportive home-like community.

To learn more, or to arrange a virtual tour, call Karen at 780-996-9463 or email karen@carecottages.ca And be sure to stay up-to-date on Facebook!

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When they see their loved one happy and engaged, and receiving safe, quality care, everything changes, says Karen Cazemier, left, owner-operator of Community Care Cottages.

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