Lacombe Foundation operates two lodges: Lacombe Senior Citizen’s Lodge and Eckville Manor House.
- 97 Lodge Rooms in Lacombe
- 35 Lodge Rooms in Eckville
- 15 Supportive Living Rooms in Eckville (Staffed 24/7 by Personal Care Aides)
Each lodge features its own unique community environment, as well as dedicated and friendly staff that help ensure residents enjoy life. From birthday celebrations to holidays, laughter and fun is encouraged.
The mandate of the Seniors Lodge Program is to provide affordable room and board for senior citizens who are functionally independent or functionally independent with the assistance of existing community-based services.
The facilities are audited by and in compliance with the standards set by the Government of Alberta.
Applications are available under Contacts.
2019 Lodge Rates (effective July 1, 2019)
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the lodge cater to special diets?
While we do not cater to special diets, a variety of food choices are prepared daily that should meet dietary requirements.
Are wheelchairs or electric scooters allowed?
Non-electric wheelchairs are allowed in the lodge. However, electric wheelchairs and scooters are prohibited. If you use these for transportation, we do have parking available.
Are family/guests allowed to stay over?
Some of our lodges do have a guest room available for a small fee, while others do not. Please contact the lodge directly.
How do I do my laundry?
Lodges have a laundry room that residents are welcome to use for personal items.
Can I bring my pet?
While pets cannot come to live with a resident, visitation programs do exist as long as the pet is up-to-date with its vaccinations.
What to Bring
- The lodge has basic furniture and window coverings available. Residents are encouraged to bring their own furniture and to decorate/personalize their rooms and make them feel more like home.
- Basic furnishings provided are limited to a single bed with mattress, a night table, a chair, a mirror, and a desk.
- If bringing your own furnishings, please check with the office to ensure that they meet lodge standards.
- To ensure a safe living environment, please do not overcrowd the room. Ensure doorways are not blocked, cords are not a tripping hazard, etc.
- For resident security, the bed must be situated within easy reach of the emergency bell cord.
- Ceiling hooks are not permitted.
- Hooks, screws and nails are not permitted on the main door or bathroom door.
- Please use proper hangers when hanging pictures. If you need help hanging a picture or lifting things please ask the staff for help.
- Residents are responsible for the maintenance of (and repairs to) their own personal furniture and equipment.
- The Bethany Group/Lacombe Foundation are not responsible for loss or damage to personal articles.
All items are subject to inspection for Bed Bugs. Please go to My Health Alberta for more information.
Personal Items you are invited to bring:
- Pillows and a Quilt
- Own bed (if you would like please check with staff to see what size can fit)
- Pictures for the walls
- TV, DVD player, etc.
- Radio and a clock
- Chair and/or a Recliner
- Electric Razor
- Denture accessories
- Clothes and personal care items
- Any equipment you use (eg. walker, wheelchair)
- For your records, an official list of prescription and other drugs and/or supplements from your pharmacy or doctor, including non-prescription items
Where appropriate, clients are supported in the self administration and secure storage of their medications. All client medications must be secured. A lock box with a combination will be provided in your room. You may share this combination number with your family or pharmacy as you see fit.
If you require assistance with your medications, our staff can contact Home Care for an assessment of your unmet needs. In consultation with you and your family, it will be determined if you would benefit from being on the Alberta Health Services Medication Assistance Program. When authorized by Home Care, The Bethany Group Health Care Aides can assist you with your medication delivery needs. All clients on Medication Assistance must have their medication placed in a controlled dosage system. The Bethany Group uses the Pouch Packaging controlled dosage system. Blister packs will be allowed, but not encouraged.
In order to ensure a safe environment for all residents, please note the following guidelines:
- small bar-type fridges
- small microwaves (only in some lodges; please check with the lodge)
- tea kettles or coffee pots with safety shut-off
- iron with safety shut-off
- curling irons with automatic shut-off
- power bars with safety shut-off
- extension cords that meet safety standards
- toasters and toaster ovens
- frying pans and hot plates
- electric heaters
- halogen lights/lamps
Valuables and Finances
- A residents valuables and property are to be clearly marked for identification.
- Residents are encouraged to manage their own business and finances, or to instruct a family member to do so on their behalf.
- Staff will not handle cash on a residents behalf.
- The lodge office will not cash cheques for the residents.
- Staff is not responsible for any misplaced or missing articles.
Please Note: Some lodges allow items that others do not. Please check with the lodge before bringing in any small appliances or furniture.
If you are interested in finding lodge accommodation outside of the Flagstaff region, please visit The Bethany Group's website for more information. Lodge living is available at:
- Autumn Glen Lodge (Innisfail)
- Bashaw Meadows (Bashaw)
- Big Knife Lodge (Forestburg)
- Lacombe Senior Citizens Lodge (Lacombe)
- Eckville Manor House (Eckville)
- Peace Hills Lodge (Wetaskiwin)
- Rosealta Lodge (Camrose
- West Pine Lodge (Winfield)
Meet Christa Hedwig from Lacombe Lodge
Christa Hedwig’s journey to Lacombe Lodge is a long one, filled with danger, uncertainty, but also love and family. Born on Christmas Day, she is the fourth child of eight growing up in a small town in Germany. When war came to their doorstep, life changed drastically for Christa and her family.
She was twelve when World War II began moving from her home town to Berlin where she started her household training. Once she finished the year’s training she rejoined her family who had moved to a small town east of Berlin. Together they faced the dangers of war and, later, occupation under the Russians.
While the war may have ended, Christa’s plight continued as she and her family struggled to survive in a new world. At 17 she was forced to leave her family and help the Russians herding sheep. She luckily escaped with her team and began a journey to reunite with her family. Once again together after a harrowing experience, they learned her eldest brother and her father had been killed.
In 1950, she and her family decided to move to Canada where her mother had two sisters. Two of Christa’s sisters stayed in Germany as they had married. Her brother and mother eventually settled down near Beiseker, AB, and today her nephew has a farm there.
Arriving in Lacombe, Christa remembers “It was quite a culture shock moving here. We were waiting for our uncle at the train station when a farmer came up with a team of oxen. We didn’t have that back home. We didn’t know what to expect.”
Christa’s very first task upon arrival was to learn English. “My aunt said you have to go work in house to learn English. I was with a very nice family, and the lady used to be a teacher so I learned a lot from her.” The family she worked with lived in Ponoka. She stayed with them for a few years before moving to Calgary where she did housework.
In her 20s, Christa began travelling Canada. “It’s such a beautiful country,” she says. “I travelled all alone but you’re never really alone when you travel; you meet strangers and travel awhile together then go your own way.”
She also travelled to Germany later in life, which proved an emotional experience for her. “When we left, it was bombed. When I went there again, everything was built up so beautiful. I was amazed, it was such a difference.”
After travelling, she settled down. She met her husband, Dietrich, married and soon she had three sons. As a family, they went to visit friends for a picnic. Their location was close to the Northwest Territories. With her mischievous smile, Christa tells me, “We were by a pond and there was a monument marking the border. We were so close and I told my kids I’m going into the NWT. So, I stepped over the line and back and then over again, and I visited the NWT.”
However, as life would have it, tragedy struck Christa’s life again and Dietrich was killed in a plane crash. With three children to raise, Christa continued on with her determined attitude. She found work at a ballpoint factory where she worked for twenty years.
Today, she has eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. “I don’t see a lot of them because I don’t drive anymore. The trouble is everyone has to work.” They do all get together, though, twice a year for family reunions in August and December.
Christa moved to Lacombe Lodge in 2015, and while it hasn’t been a long time she says she’s happy. “When my daughter-in-law and I came to the lodge, we were shown around. We saw the rooms, some big, some small, but always, I look at the floor. If the floor would’ve been dirty, I would’ve have come. But it’s always clean. The staff are wonderful.”
After many struggles, travels, and adventures, life has finally settled down for Christa. “I love it here.”
Meet Linda Watt from Lacombe Lodge
Linda Watt has lived in the area all her life; she was born in Rimbey and lived in Alix and Red Deer. “My relatives are Rimbeys. The town is actually named after my grandmother’s brothers.”
Raised on a ranch, Linda comes from a large family of 13 children. A twin, Linda can’t imagine life without being surrounded by family. She remains in contact with her other siblings, especially her sister in Ontario. “She’s hoping to come up for my birthday. I’m turning 90,” she says with a smile. Like many of her generation, Linda had two brothers in the war. Her twin brother died more recently around the time she moved in the lodge.
Growing up in a large family on a ranch can be difficult. “I went to a two-room school in Tees where it was Grade 1 to 12,” she remembers. “Our mom made our clothes and I remember we had a big garden. We never went without the necessities.”
She also loves to dance, starting when her parents took them to dances when she was growing up. She continued dancing until she couldn’t anymore because of her breathing.
Linda was also quite active throughout her life, playing basketball and curling. Nowadays, she loves watching curling on TV, “Some people think it’s like watching paint dry but I love it.”
She was married in 1947 and continued the tradition of having a large family by raising eight children. Today she has 16 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Linda laughs when she says her family celebrates her every five years, “We went to a dinner theatre in Edmonton on my 75th birthday. On my 80th they had a party for me and my brother at the hall in Tees. On my 85th we had a social in Red Deer. I’m not sure what they’ve planned this year.”
While her husband “wasn’t really a traveller,” they did do a lot of camping in the mountains. Her son also worked for CN in B.C. so she used to visit him quite a bit.
Life in the lodge is quieter for Linda. “I can’t do exercises so much. I play Bingo because I can sit and play,” she says. While she used to stay active by walking into town, her health and breathing has placed some limits on her. “I still walk to keep the joints moving.”
Coming from a large family, Linda says, “I couldn’t live alone. I enjoy all the people at the lodge.” She remarks about some people who just complain and are unhappy. She considers her own life quite a lucky one until her eldest daughter died in 2004, “I miss her so much.” However, she still believes there’s a simple secret to happiness.
“Live with what you’re given even if it’s hard. You’ve got good memories.”
Meet Nellie Bond from Lacombe Lodge
Nellie Bond comes from a small family, one brother and her. Growing up during the s the depression and things were hard but Nellie always remembers it fondly, especially visiting her grandfather’s farm, “My parents sent me on a train every summer to go to my grandfather’s farm. The only farming I did was teasing my grandfather’s turkey, Gobbler.”
A war buddy of her father’s let them live in his house when they moved to B.C. She remembers her father walking the equivalent of Lacombe to Red Deer searching for work. “He got a job at a dairy farm and we lived in a shack. They paid $100 for two beds, dresser, and a dining table and chairs. Her mother cleaned with cold tea leaves and made shampoo from the saved soap pieces. A special treat was home-made marshmallows.
“I never felt ashamed to bring anyone home. It was always welcoming. My mom kept a good house, she was a wonderful housekeeper.” She chuckles and remembers, “Friends of my parents would come over to play cards. My mom would put newspapers under his chair because he smoked a pipe and made a mess of it.”
Her sense of humour is prevalent when talking to Nellie, especially as she is accompanied by her daughter Lynda who is equally filled with mirth. The two trade stories and memories while filling the room with laughter. Lynda is quick to point out that she’s the “good child who was never bad.” She just never told her mom everything she did.
Nellie points to a little porcelain dog sitting on the shelf, the first thing her husband gave to her. “I was posted to Toronto. I met my husband on 122 Front Street across from Union Station. He was a new corporal with red hair and medals. He was from Belfast.” Lynda adds, “The spot is now a fire hydrant,” as the two laugh again.
Her husband came from a military family. “He had a swagger stick that came from his grandfather when he was in Hong Kong.” Nellie also never minded the moving part of the army. ”If you didn’t get rid of it, like garbage, they packed it,” she laughs.
“I remember the first inspection we had when Lynda was two. I scrubbed for two days to make the place spotless. They came along, poked their head in and said ‘fine’. I was so mad.” Lynda adds that their house was always spotless.
When she joined the army, she was posted on the switchboard. “The one in Quesnel, BC had red balls on the board. When someone called, a black ball would drop down. Long distance was a radio. When I joined the army, there was this wall with lights flashing everywhere.”
When Nellie moved into Lacombe Lodge, it was during the coldest few days of winter. Lynda remembers everyone being helpful and opening the doors for them. While Nellie was disappointed in the room size at first she says, “I love the location, and everything fits in here.”
“It’s clean here, the food is good, the staff excellent,” comments Nellie. She follows up with, “You get all the health food here so when you go out, you want greasy food. Sometimes you just want something bad, to live it up.”
As the stories and conversation wrap up, both women take a pause from the laughter. Nellie smiles at Linda and says, “Lynda visits a lot. She’s a good one.” Lynda picks up three teddy bears on Nellie’s bed that represent Linda and her two brothers. Hers is somewhat angelic looking.
“The boys were always doing something. We have fun though. We just sit back and listen to them,” says Lynda. Nellie adds that her son Dave has a theory about the family, “He says we’re all crazy and that’s why we get along.” Lynda finishes the sentence, “Normal is relative and none of our relatives are normal.”
The laughter fills the room and the hallway.