Frequently Asked Questions
While there are a wide range of supports available at Inclusio, some program participation – such as reviewing care plans and Individualized Support Plans – are required. Other supports can be used as needed. Supports available will include case management, recreational supports, dining services, and general janitorial and maintenance.
Care services are provided through a blend of Alberta Health Services Home Care, and Accessible Housing’s Resident Support Attendants. Home Care will provide routine, scheduled care, such as morning and evening routines (bathing, dressing, grooming, etc.) Accessible Housing staff are available for unscheduled care needs, such as unplanned outings, late returns, accidents, and overnight care (including responding to overnight call bells).
There are two rental structures at Inclusio – rent-geared-to-income (RGI), and rental units available at several price points. All units are affordable. Residents will be placed in units that most suit their income amount and source, and placements are subject to availability.
Rent-geared-to-income means that each person’s rent is roughly correlated to their income. Individuals with higher incomes pay higher accommodation charges; individuals with lower incomes will pay lower accommodation charges.
Each individual’s income will be assessed, and placed in an income band (i.e. $20,000 – $22,000 annual income) with an associated rent cost. Rent costs for RGI units are approximately 70% of individual gross income (dividing gross income by 12 months, and multiplying by 0.7).
We know that not all residents at Inclusio will have the same income, for many different reasons. To make sure we are able to operate the building successfully, a minimum rent is required. Individuals whose income is below AISH (currently $1,588 monthly) will be required to pay a minimum accommodation charge. The minimum accommodation charge is $1,112. This is based on 70% of AISH.
At Inclusio, your rent will be called an “accommodation charge” – which will include:
- Living in one of Inclusio’s unfurnished units, including a private washroom, kitchenette, digital technology and preferred location in beautiful Capitol Hill
- Basic household supplies, including: hand soap, dish detergent, toilet paper, paper towel, laundry detergent, and vinyl gloves for care
- Dining services, including continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
- Basic utilities (water, electricity etc.)
- Availability of 24/7 care, delivered by Accessible Housing staff and Home Care staff
- Access to other supports such as case management
Accommodation charges do not cover the following additional items:
- Parking (see more information below)
The following are the program criteria for living at Inclusio. Residents at Inclusio:
Age: Are between ages 18 – 65
Income: Fall below the income threshold of $46,000 in annual individual income, as reported on your Notice of Assessment
Living in Community:
- Are respectful in their interaction with other residents and staff
- Participate in regularly scheduled reviews of service plans, assessments and care plans
- Are interested in living in a congregate setting
- Have a mobility impairment (congenital or an acquired physical disability, chronic health condition)
- Have a mobility aid prescribed by a healthcare practitioner
- Are able to use a mobility aid independently and without help from staff
- Do not have a history of falls (leading to significant injuries) that cannot be managed on an ongoing basis
- Are medically stable, meaning that any medical interventions can be managed with daytime visits, regular appointments or scheduled hospital visits
- Have no significant memory / cognitive impairment (Dementia, Alzheimer’s )
- Do not require any nursing interventions (i.e. PICC lines, IVs, complex wound care). Note that in some circumstances, through our partnership with Home Care, this criteria may be flexed
- Does not regularly or intermittently experience seizures
- Does not have significant swallowing problems which would pose a choking risk or require a modified diet (i.e. thickened fluids or puree)
- Have a physician or nurse practitioner
- Require some degree of support around activities of daily living (bathing, toileting, clothing, grooming, meal assistance) and personal care assistance
- Are willing and able to direct their own support services including:
- giving directions to care staff
- managing their own medication with or without functional assistance
- taking responsibility to ensure proper medical care is received and medical recommendations are followed
Unfortunately, no. Inclusio is designed to serve single adults, and is not suitable for couples or families with children. Likewise, Inclusio will not allow pets in the building, with the exception for service dogs. Some additional exceptions may be made for visiting pets.
There are six accessible parking stalls in a parkade at Inclusio, which will be available for a fee. A process will be available upon move-in, which will include an application. These stalls will be rented to residents who have vehicles and are the primary driver of the vehicle, and have a valid driver’s license. Priority may be given to residents who own vehicles for purposes such as employment, volunteering or school.
Inclusio is not part of Alberta Health Services (it is not designated supportive living or long-term care). It is neither run by nor funded by AHS. Inclusio is run by Accessible Housing, a non-profit organization. Some care supports at Inclusio are provided by Home Care, which is a service for Albertans funded by AHS.
Inclusio is a permanent residence, and for the most part, residents are able to stay as long as they wish. However, because Inclusio serves a niche population and collaborates closely with Home Care to provide services, there are a few situations where we will work with residents to transition them to other housing options, including:
- Residents becoming eligible for the seniors-serving system of care. When residents are approaching 65 years of age, conversations are started with case workers to determine if there is an appropriate fit within a senior’s facility. This is because there are many more spaces of supportive living available in the seniors system than in the adult system of supportive living
- The capacity of the staff offering support at Inclusio is particular – should your care needs exceed the capacity of the staff (including Home Care), you will be supported to transition to a higher level of care, for your own health and safety. This includes lengthy hospital stays, some nursing interventions, and other care requirements beyond our scope of practice.
For individuals who are not able to live at Inclusio, but may benefit from similar housing and supports, the following resources may be helpful:
- Accessing Alberta Health Services’ continuing care system may also be of service, as they place residents in other supportive living facilities
- Accessible Housing’s Housing Registry, which lists various homes for rent and for purchase that feature accessible layouts or features
- You can find information about modifications to your own home at accessibleuniversity.com, including information about funding resources and contractors to hire