Seniors’ housing

Under agreement with the Government of Alberta, WBHDC is responsible to provide subsidized independent living and supportive living housing to functionally independent seniors in the Wood Buffalo region.  WBHDC is not responsible to provide housing associated with more advanced levels of care, such as long-term care for seniors and other individuals who are not functionally independent.  Click on the link for more information about seniors’ programs and services provided by the provincial government.

Eligible clients for seniors’ housing, as determined by government guidelines, must be at least 65 years of age (in the case of couples, only one must meet the age requirement) and residents of the Regional Municipality for at least three months.

Subsidized seniors housing is funded through a dedicated tax requisition levied by the Regional Municipality, and grants provided through the Lodge Assistance Program of Alberta Seniors & Community Supports.

Independent living

WBHDC operates the provincially-owned Legion Manor and Araubasca House in Fort McMurray’s lower townsite, two independent living apartment complexes that, together, offer 30 one-bedroom rental apartments exclusively to seniors. Both are operated under the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation, which includes age, residency and income qualifications. Typically, rent is set at 30 percent of monthly income, with an additional $50 charge for utilities. These units are most appropriate for qualifying seniors-who don’t wish to have full-time, on-site assistance with daily living tasks. Free laundry service is available. Common area and building maintenance are provided through Rotary House staff.  Both facilities are close to all amenities and municipal bus routes and the Seniors’ Centre is across the street.  Outside locks are timed and the properties are fenced.

WBHDC also provides 10 independent living units in Ayabaskaw Home in Fort Chipewyan, and four units in Woodsmoke Lodge in Anzac, both of which enable independent living seniors to continue living in their community in a secure and peaceful building.  Common areas are available for recreation. As with the Fort McMurray independent living properties, rent is typically set at 30 percent of monthly income; there is no additional charge for utilities.

Supportive living

In 2002, ownership of Rotary House Lodge was transferred to WBHDC.  Rotary House Lodge combines independent living with the support of 24-hour residential support services, as well as on-site Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs), a recreation coordinator, kitchen staff, and others during the day. Lodge residents live privately in their own single- or double-occupancy suites but have access to common areas for dining, social activities and other activities designed for retirement lifestyles. Visits of physical and occupational therapists can be arranged through Home Care, and dietitian and hearing referrals are also available.  Two units are set aside for special needs individuals under 65 years as long as there are no seniors on the wait list; Rotary House is intended for seniors first.

Rotary House Lodge rent is typically based upon 30 percent of an individual’s total income plus additional fees to cover meals, utilities, housekeeping and some activities. Consideration is given to an individual’s particular income.  Rent is calculated to ensure all residents have a disposable monthly income based upon provincial lodge assistance guidelines.

At Rotary House, our Recreation Coordinator organizes numerous activities and excursions to fulfill many different interests and provide opportunities for learning and entertainment.  WBHDC also partners with the Northern Lights Health Region, Occupational Therapy and Home Care units, Family & Community Support Services, Fort McMurray Golden Years Society and Lifeline to provide services to residents of its seniors’ complexes in Fort McMurray.

Rotary House offers 36 single-occupancy units and three double-occupancy units.

The Ayabaskaw Home in Fort Chipewyan also has 15 lodge-style units but because Alberta Health Services and the Nunee Health Authority have been unable to secure a supporting living service provider, which is a provincial responsibility.  The lodge units will not be opened until a service provider is found.

To download a Seniors’ Housing Application form, click the link below.

Seniors’ Housing Application form

For more information about seniors’ housing across Wood Buffalo, contact the Rotary House Senior’s Lodge.

Rotary House Seniors’ Lodge
10116 Fraser Avenue
Fort McMurray, AB   T9H 5E9
Phone: (780) 715-2358
Fax: (780) 791-1173
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Seniors’ housing portfolio

Affordable GAP rental and social housing Built Units Program Details Vacancy
Araubasca House

Fort McMurray

1979 18 Independent living 18 one-bedroom rental apartments Y
Legion Manor

Fort McMurray

1987 12 Independent living 12 one-bedroom rental apartments N
Rotary House Lodge

Fort McMurray

1999 39 Supportive living 36 single-occupancy units; 3 double-occupancy units

On-site, 24/7 residential aides.  Common dining room and social activities. Housekeeping and free laundry service.

Woodsmoke Elders’ Lodge Anzac ~1980s 4 Independent living 4 one-bedroom rental mobile homes N
Ayabaskaw House Fort Chipewyan 1982 10 Independent living 10 one-bedroom rental apartments Y
Ayabaskaw Lodge Fort Chipewyan 1982 15 Supportive living Supportive living services are not available; facility closed n/a