We help older adults live their best lives.
Silvera: A trusted leader, accountable partner and champion for seniors
Silvera is recognized as a trusted leader and a strong advocate for subsidized and near market-priced housing on behalf of older Calgarians. We are known across our sector as a champion for safe, affordable housing and services for independent older adults.
We’re an accountable partner with the City of Calgary and Government of Alberta, who provide 30 per cent of our revenue.
Our passionate and collaborative leaders work with housing organizations in Calgary and senior housing providers throughout Alberta about issues that matter to seniors.
Silvera’s CEO, Arlene Adamson, is president of the Alberta Seniors & Community Housing Association, a member driven, industry association that advocates on behalf of seniors and community housing providers, and those they serve.
Our 11-person governance Board of Directors of voluntary community leaders guides our long-term strategic direction.
Silvera also has strong connections to our community volunteers and donors. We appreciate their ongoing support and enthusiasm for helping us deliver accommodation and services to older Calgarians.
Innovation paves the way
Silvera’s research program began in January 2020. Our findings provide residents and employees with innovative, fulfilling experiences and opportunities.
We’re one of the few seniors housing providers with a dedicated research program, which has two goals:
- Provide a positive, evidence-based direction for Silvera’s programming for residents. This includes evaluating and validating existing programming.
- Improve residents’ quality of life through mobilized research and evaluation findings.
We’re currently partnered with several post-secondary institutions (University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and SAIT). Together, we’re conducting research that has real-world impacts for residents and employees.
A Literature Review of Outcomes of Having Pets in Supportive Living
We partnered with UBC Pharmacy students to undertake a literature review so we could better understand the value of having pets living in our communities.
Outcome: Silvera has opened a Cat Room at our Valleyview community where residents can visit with a fostered cat from the Calgary Humane Society. We’ve also changed our pet policy so new residents who have small, long-term pets can move into select Silvera communities.
Silvera and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) business students examined the feasibility of introducing student residents into our communities.
Outcome: Four SAIT business students worked with Silvera to develop a business plan about a potential inter-generational living program. The students completed a marketing and sales plan, an operations plan and a financial plan. The students found the program to be feasible. Residents were interested, if more mature students (e.g., nurses, doctors, social workers) were selected to live in a Silvera community for at least a year.