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The term "residential care facilities" refers to facilities with four beds or more that are funded, licensed or approved by provincial/territorial departments of health and/or social services. This report focuses on homes for the aged, facilities for persons with mental disorders and other facilities which provide health or social care. Facilities for the aged include homes for the aged, nursing homes, lodges for senior citizens and rest homes. Certain facilities such as apartments or other homes for seniors not providing any level of care were not included. Facilities for persons with mental disorders include facilities for the psychiatrically disabled, developmentally delayed, emotionally-disturbed children and centres for those with drug/alcohol problems. Some psychiatric institutions are included here. Other residential care facilities include those for persons with physical disabilities, for delinquents, for transients and facilities that do not fit in any of the other categories.

History note

The survey data were published unadjusted for non-response for the period from the 1984/1985 fiscal year to the 1993/1994 fiscal year. This new publication includes data adjusted for non-response for all fiscal years since 1984/1985, except 1994/1995 and 1995/1996, for which no publishable data are available. CANSIM data include correction for non-response for all years. To maintain comparability with published data, few changes were made in the historical data for the period from 1984/1985 to 1993/1994. However, a number of homes for the aged that had erroneously been included with residential care facilities in Alberta were removed from the data for all periods.


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