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More beds supportive living beds for Central Alberta town

20 beds in Ponoka to serve people with highest needs

Ponoka has 20 more continuing care beds that provide the highest level of supportive living services.

In the summer, Seasons Retirement Communities transitioned 20 beds in Ponoka into supportive living level four (SL4) beds for people with complex medical needs, including chronic disease management, and assistance with daily activities, such as meal assistance (including tube feeds), mechanical lift or two-person transfers, medication assistance or administration.

AHS said the decision to offer a higher level of care was made following a thorough review, and looking at the current and future needs of both communities.

“Adding these new beds in Ponoka provides residents the opportunity to stay in the community they know and love, close to family, and get the care they need,” said Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ron Orr in a statement.

Ponoka now has 40 SL4 beds.

“I’m proud of the work we’re doing to increase choices and options for seniors. Providing more Albertans the opportunity to age in place, in familiar surroundings near family and loved ones, is an important cornerstone of enhancing care in the community,” said Lori Sparrow, AHS senior operating officer with Seniors Health at AHS Central Zone.

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