Housing Services

Housing information and referral

Kerby Centre offers consultation and referrals on all aspects of senior housing in the Calgary region, including:

  • Non-profit housing
  • Subsidized apartments
  • Condo or life lease lodges
  • Personal care homes
  • Private supportive living
  • Designated supportive living
  • Care centres

We also offer:

  • Assistance in completing housing forms – a Commissioner for Oaths is available to witness housing documents
  • A bulletin board to post listings for shared accommodation or rental units
  • Advertise your listing in the Kerby News classifieds. Call (403) 705-3249.

Have questions? Let us know.

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Please contact Housing Services directly for any questions you have about the housing referrals and services we have to offer.

(403) 705-3246

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2020 Housing Directory for Seniors

Published by Kerby Centre, physical copies are also available on free publication stands in Calgary, the surrounding area and at Kerby Centre.

Housing types we can help with:

Adult Lifestyle Apartments

Independent Living

  • Independent living
  • Buildings are privately owned
  • Rents are at market value. A lease is normally required.
  • Some apartments have social or recreational areas, workshops, swimming pools, etc.
  • The cost of rent usually includes heat
  • Electricity, parking, cable and phone usually cost extra
  • These apartments are normally for people 18 years of age and older

Senior Citizens Apartments

Subsidized Senior Citizens Apartments

  • Independent living
  • For low-income individuals and couples.
  • Suites are mostly studio or one-bedroom.
  • There are very few two-bedroom apartments available. They are reserved for couples.
  • Applicant must be either:

– A Canadian citizen or permanent resident

– A refugee sponsored by the Government of Canada

– A sponsored immigrant where the sponsorship is no longer available

  • Most buildings are for people over the age of 65.
  • Some buildings may accept adults between 50-64 years of age.
  • Acceptance to these apartments is based upon income, age, current rent, reasons for moving and whether the applicant’s current housing is acceptable. (Based on a Needs Assessment)
  • Assets may be considered (investments, car, etc.).
  • Rent for these apartments are 30% of the applicant’s gross income. This is found on line 150 of your income tax form.
  • For couples, combined income is used.
  • Electricity, cable, parking, and phone cost extra.
  • These buildings have waiting lists. It is important to apply to as many as possible to make sure you can get accepted. Start applying several months before you need to change housing.

Condo or Life Lease

Independent Condo or Life Lease

Independent living condo

  • A type of property ownership where the purchaser buys a suite.
  • Owners must take care of their own suite
  • Condo fees are charged to take care of the common areas outside of the suites (yards, sidewalks, etc.)


  • A contract between a resident and an organization
  • The resident is allowed to live in a unit for the rest of his or her life
  • The resident must pay part or all of the market value of the unit when they move in.
  • The resident also agrees to pay monthly fees
  • You are normally able to get back all or a portion of your money if you need to move out (Buy-back contract)
  • The types of services available and the quality of these suites can vary.
  • Most of these life leases are for people 50 years of age or older.

Private Supportive Living

Private Supportive Living

  • Supportive living or assisted living
  • Private facilities. Residents pay full cost. (Government subsidies are not available).
  • Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites available.
  • Basic services available are: meals, snacks, housekeeping, linen service, social activities, and bus service for appointments.
  • Additional care packages are offered at some residences.
  • Each facility has social areas such as libraries, activity rooms, family dining rooms, and movie theatres.
  • Most suites have a simple kitchen (i.e. cupboards, sink, small fridge).
  • Costs are $1400/month to $7000/month. This depends on the suite size and the services you choose.

Non-Profit Housing

Non-Profit Housing

  • Independent living
  • Buildings owned and operated by non-profit organizations with some Government funding
  • Rent is lower than typical housing.
  • Rent depends on income.
  • Some buildings are only for seniors. Others buildings are for any age.
  • Most suites are studio or one-bedroom.
  • Some buildings may take family sponsored immigrants under special circumstances.

Senior Citizen Lodge Program

Lodge Program

  • Supportive living
  • 8 lodges in Calgary run by Silvera for Seniors
  • Services include meals, housekeeping, clean linens and 24-hour non-medical personnel on site.
  • Must be a resident of Canada for 10 consecutive years.
  • Housing is for people 65 years of age or older.
  • For couples, one partner must be at least 65 years old and the other must be at least 60 years old.
  • Applicants must be able to take care of themselves. They must be able to dress, take medicine and get to meals without help.
  • Some home care support is allowed.
  • Rooms are private and some can have furniture if needed.
  • Some lodges still have shared showers, baths, and toilet facilities.
  • Lodges host organized activities for their residents.
  • Rent is based on an applicant’s gross income. This is found on line 150 of your income tax form.
  • For couples, combined income is used.
  • Cable, parking, and phone are extra.

Designated Assisted Living

Designated Assisted Living

  • This program is for someone
  • who may need 24-hour care
  • can no longer live in their home even with help
  • would benefit from living in a group setting
  • Services available include help with bathing, meals, dressing, and 24-hour access to a registered nurse and a homecare nurse.
  • Alberta Health Services covers the cost of the nurses.
  • The resident pays for monthly room and board.
  • Room and board includes: meals, snacks, housekeeping, linen service, and social activities.
  • The resident also pays personal expenses like laundry and medications.
  • To qualify for assisted living, an assessment is needed.

For more information call Alberta Health Services, Community Care Access at 403-943-1920.

  • Residency requirements in effect.

Hospice Care


  • Hospices are for patients in Calgary who need care as they come to the end of their life.
  • People admitted to hospice have a life threatening illness where a cure is no longer possible and care is focused on quality of life, care, and comfort.
  • When being at home is no longer possible, health care professionals and volunteers at a hospice provide 24-hour care and help for patients and their families.
  • Hospice care focuses on easing the physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering that often go along with life-threatening illness.
  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) – Calgary has 7 hospice care facilities
  • All hospices meet high standards and provide similar care. The priority is to ensure all patients have quick and easy access to hospice care.

An assessment by a member of the AHS Palliative Consult Team is needed to check if a person needs Hospice care.


  • From an acute care facility: The attending doctor or nursing staff can begin a palliative care discussion.
  • From home: The family doctor can make a recommendation to a general home care expert who can then begin the process to move a patient into palliative home care.
  • From Long Term Care & Supported Living: The attending doctor or nursing staff can request a palliative care meeting.
  • Rural areas including hospitals and home care: The family doctor, attending doctor, or nursing staff can begin a discussion with the rural palliative care consult team.