Assisted living is a residential option for seniors who want or need help with some of the activities of daily living—things like cooking meals, getting to the bathroom in the middle of the night, keeping house, and traveling to appointments.

Assisted living facilities offer the safety and security of 24-hour support and access to care. Day or night, help is only a phone call away. However, privacy and independence are encouraged. A good facility will develop a personalized plan that meets your needs and accommodates your disabilities, while giving you the freedom to do what you can for yourself. In general, assisted living is in a residential type facility, ranging from converted homes or apartment complexes to renovated schools. Some provide apartment-style living with scaled down kitchens, while others provide rooms. In some, you may need to share a room unless you're willing to pay higher cost. Most facilities have a group dining area and common areas for social and recreational activities.

Services at a typical assisted living facility

  • Three meals a day served in a common dining area

  • Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, going to the bathroom, and walking

  • Housekeeping services

  • Transportation

  • Access to health and medical services

  • Round-the-clock security

  • Emergency call systems in each resident's living space

  • Exercise and wellness programs

  • Medication management

  • Laundry services

  • Social and recreational activities

  • Staff available to help with scheduled needs, as well as unexpected issues

An assisted living facility may be a good choice if:

  • You need more personal care services than are feasible at home or in an independent living retirement community

  • You don’t need the round-the-clock medical care and supervision of a nursing home


Dr. F.W. Green Memorial Home, located in Cranbrook, embodies a resident-centered philosophy designed to support residents’ choices, help people function at their highest level, and provide the best quality of life possible. 

Joseph Creek Care Village, located in Cranbrook, embodies a philosophy called Real Living™, which is informed by the belief in the importance of living and supporting others in their quest to live their best life possible. Resident-centred philosophy is based on the "social model of care," which considers an individual’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs rather than just their medical needs.

Assisted living

Assisted living offers housing, hospitality, and personal assistance to adults who can live independently, but require regular assistance with daily activities. It provides scheduled and unscheduled care to bridge the gap between independent living housing and residential care. 

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