With 80 totally self-contained suites that range from studio to two-bedroom designs, Deer Meadows, in Camrose, offers suites with a fully equipped kitchen with fridge and stove, easy wheelchair accessibility and a sit-down shower.
You may also wish to download an information brochure .
Services & Fees
The core service package is based on a monthly fee that includes:
- One home-cooked meal per day
- Suite rental
- Utilities (except telephone and cable)
- Surface parking
- Emergency Response System (Lifeline)
- Laundry facilities
- Access to common lounges
- Opportunities for resident-planned life enriching activities to enhance physical, emotional, social, spiritual, & intellectual well-being.
Additional services can be arranged on an individual basis and can include:
- In-suite housekeeping and laundry
- Breakfast and/or evening meals
Monthly fees vary and are dependent on the size of apartment.To discuss fees andfor anapplication pacakage, please contact David Saunders (contact information above).
Residents of Deer Meadows enjoy a unique community lifestyle with an emphasis on friendship and socialization. Residents can choose their level of participation as there is an open invitation for everyone to join in special activities. These can include exercise classes, bus outings, movie nights and Bible Study.
Fantastic staff ensures residents have the best time while living at Deer Meadows. They encourage laughter, fun activities and games, and frequently celebrate special days and occasions. From birthdays to holidays, every resident gets to partake in the fun events throughout the year.
Deer Meadows is known for bringing in musical guests, special entertainment and animal visitors. During the seasons, staff encourages residents to safely enjoy the outdoors by walking or sitting out on a summer day, and by taking in activities in and around the Camrose area.
Meet Allan Bowie
Allan Bowie, Deer Meadows
Allan Bowie’s family has been a presence around Rosalind for several generations. “My grandfather on my mother’s side was one of the first white people in the area back in 1892,” he says. He’s spent the majority of his life farming the area, and his family members are continuing that tradition.
Allan was born and grew up on his family’s farm. He remembers starting work on the farm while still in school. In those days, they used horse teams rather than tractors. “In the early days, it didn’t cost much to run a farm but now it’s different.”
He married his wife when he was 25 and they started their own farm … a half mile down the road from his parents’ farm. For over 70 years, Allan has farmed around Rosalind and he remembers those days fondly.
Today, one of his two boys has taken over the family farm. His grandson’s family also remains in Rosalind and continues to work on the farm. There’s even a great granddaughter who will probably carry on farming in the area.
After spending his whole life in and around Rosalind, it was an adjustment for Allan to move into Camrose two and a half years ago. “It’s a great place but it’s not really home for me,” he says.
While an adjustment, Allan wasn’t alone when he moved to Deer Meadows. Several people he knew in Rosalind also live there, one of whom he played golf with before he stopped a few years ago. “I golfed quite a bit. I didn’t start until I was over 50 and I was enthusiastic about it. I’m not sure if I was any good but I was certainly enthusiastic.” The last time he golfed was on his 95th birthday when he played with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
As the oldest gentleman in the residential living facility, Allan looks forward to his 100th birthday in two years. “I’m going to have a real celebration,” he comments.
Allan may not golf anymore but he has picked up a hobby that keeps him busy. “I probably spend about 5-6 hours a day on puzzles.” An activity he didn’t start until after moving into Deer Meadows, Allan enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles. For Christmas, he received 14 puzzles as gifts which he’s working through slowly, on top of the countless puzzles already on site. As he says, “there’s no end.”
He’s joined by a few other residents in his hobby, one who is fairly blind but still manages to help find the pieces. It typically takes a week for them to complete a puzzle, though sometimes there are tough ones that challenge them.
“People think I’m patient because I just stay with it,” Allan says about his puzzle hobby. “Maybe I’m not smart enough to give up.”