Villa Caritas

Covenant Health


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Villa Caritas Fact Sheet - 2018/19

Facility Overview

Contact Information
Villa Caritas
16515 88 Ave NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5R 0A4

Phone: 780.342.6500
Admitting phone: 780.735.2701

Click here to view a map and get driving directions 

The Acute Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Program is located at Villa Caritas. This 150 bed facility has 120 acute care beds divided into 4 units that are allocated for acute geriatric psychiatry patients, and a 30 bed geriatric psychiatry alternate level of care unit. Villa Caritas is a designated facility. Patients are admitted on a voluntary basis or involuntarily under the Mental Health Act.

Villa Caritas is not a permanent residence for patients.

This Acute Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Program is one component in the continuum of care which provides psychiatric treatment for a broad range of acute psychiatric problems.

  • Patients present with a broad range of moderate to severe psychiatric diagnoses including, but not limited to, cognitive disorders, mood disorder, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.
  • Patients are admitted to the program based on their individualized treatment needs.
  • Patients present with complex psychosocial needs.
  • Co-morbidity of psychiatric disorders and medical conditions are common.

The program promotes a patient centered approach that involves the individual in all aspects of their treatment and recovery. The inpatient program provides comprehensive interdisciplinary assessment, individualized care and treatment to achieve maximum rehabilitation and optimal function. When patients are ready for the next phase of care, the care team ensures appropriate supports are in place to ensure successful reintegration back to the community.

Admission Information

Admission Criteria

  • Patients admitted will have acute psychiatric symptoms and/or moderate to severe behavioral difficulties which significantly compromises their physical and/or mental well-being.
  • Patients must be medically stable.  As such, medical needs must be manageable on an acute psychiatric unit without access to urgent on-site medical support.
  • Age is not a specific admission criterion. Each referral is evaluated by the Villa Caritas Physician Group for the presence of geriatric syndromes that require a specialized environment for assessment and treatment.
  • Can be admitted as an informal (voluntary) or formal (involuntary) patient.
  • Formal patients must meet the following criteria to be admitted under the Alberta Mental Health Act:
    • The patient is suffering from a mental disorder
    • They are likely to cause harm to self or others, or suffer substantial mental or physical deterioration or serious physical impairment
    • They are unsuitable for admission to a facility other than as a formal patient
  • The geographical area served includes the Edmonton Zone and Northern Alberta including some referrals from Northwest Territories and Nunavut.


  • Professional referral required
  • The Villa Caritas Physician Group assesses patient’s suitability for admission
  • The Villa Caritas Physician Group and Admissions Coordinator collaborate and prioritize all admissions
  • Referrals can be phoned in or faxed to the Medical Director’s office.
    • phone 780.342.6552 or fax 780.342.6579

Clinical Services

  • Nursing Staff
  • Physicians
  • Social Workers
  • Admissions Coordinator
  • Transition Coordinators
  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Clinical Psychologists and Psychometrist
  • Dietician
  • Occupational Therapists and Assistants
  • Physical Therapists and Assistants
  • Recreation Therapists and Assistants
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Chaplain

Recovery Care Plan

A recovery care plan includes clear goals based on patient/caregiver informed choices and specifies who is responsible for implementing/monitoring. Recovery plans are developed with patient and caregiver participation. Primary and other service providers receive regular communication regarding patient status to ensure appropriate coordination and continuation of care, and will be notified once goals are achieved and the senior is ready for discharge from the program.

Patient & visitor information


Location: inside the front lobby

  • Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Please visit the front desk for after-hours contact information.

Visiting hours

Hospital visiting hours are between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to visit patients on the units. During the assessment period, the patient may be off the unit for tests or programs, so we recommend visitors call ahead when planning a visit. We ask that children be supervised by an adult but fully encourage involvement of families


The chapel is located on the main floor and is available for quiet reflection and prayer. Service times are posted at the door.

Pet visits

Family pets are allowed to visit Villa Caritas if the care team has approved the visit. Families who wish to bring pets for visits will be asked to complete paperwork and provide copies of the pet’s current vet records. Please keep pets on a leash at all times.

Public Washrooms

Public washrooms are located in the main foyer, and keys for these will be provided by staff at the information desk. Each nursing unit also has one designated public washroom.

Nearby Amenities at Misericordia Hospital

Located nearby, Misericordia Hospital has several amenities not available at Villa Caritas. These amenities include:

  • The Garden Cafeteria/Tim Hortons/Vending Machines
  • Flower Shop
  • Gift Shop

For more information on these amenities please view the Misericordia Hospital webpage

Interpretive services

Interpretive services are available to help patients and families communicate with care providers when language barriers exist. Please speak to your care provider to access these services.

Smoke-Free property

Since Covenant Health is a smoke-free organization, patients and visitors cannot smoke on the property. However, we do have options for patients who smoke that can keep them comfortable during their stays. Please ask a member of your care team about nicotine replacement therapy.

To report someone smoking on hospital property, please contact Protective Services at 780.342.6540. Our Community Peace Officers will be on site to help us maintain a smoke-free environment.

Stop the spread of germs

  • For the safety of our patients, we encourage you to clean your hands when you visit. See A Guide to Clean Hands for information on protecting yourself and your loved ones.
  • If you are sick, please wait and visit your loved one when you are feeling better. If you must visit and you are coughing or sneezing, consider wearing a mask to protect your loved one.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then discard the tissue. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer, especially after coughing or sneezing.


Free visitor parking is available, including accessible parking stalls, in the main Villa Caritas parking lot.  

Parking map

2018/19 Overview

Staff                                 405

Geriatric Psychiatrists   11

General Practitioners      2

Volunteers                      15

Acute care beds            150

Admissions                     322

Protective Services/ Lost & Found

Phone: 780.342.6540 or 780.735.2605 (After Hours Only)

Protective Services is on duty at Villa Caritas from 7 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. to keep our staff, patients and visitors safe. The Misericordia Community Hospital security staff provide after-hours security support to Villa Caritas.

Please send your valuables home (such as jewelry and unnecessary cash) for safe keeping during your stay. If you are unable to send them home, we can lock your valuables away until your discharge.

If you have lost any items, please ask the care team or contact Protective Services

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