Information for the caregiver

As a caregiver for someone with dementia, you probably have a lot of questions. The Alzheimer Society Elgin-St.Thomas aims to give caregivers all of the information they need to make informed decisions.

Learn about:

  • Daily living
  • Long distance care
  • Planning for the future
  • Ways to help
  • Caregiver support
  • Self care for the caregiver
  • Helping children understand dementia

First steps for families

The First steps for families booklet, created by the Alzheimer Society of Canada, aims to help families of people who have been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. It provides information about dealing with the diagnosis, how Alzheimer’s disease can affect your loved one, how to deal with stress and what comes next.

Finding help

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease can be a complex task. It can be frustrating, confusing, emotionally draining and physically exhausting -- even though it has its rewards and good times. The Alzheimer Society Elgin-St.Thomas is a great resource for information.
To make caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease at home easier, get help with some of the day-to-day activities and tasks, such as personal care, cleaning, meals, household chores and taking the person to appointments.

Quality care -- Guidelines for Care

The Alzheimer Society's booklet, Guidelines for Care, sets out 11 basic principles that define quality care for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, whether the person with the disease lives at home or in a long-term care facility.

Tough Issues -- Ethical Guidelines

The Alzheimer Society's Ethical Guidelines help people with the disease, families and health-care professionals raise sensitive issues such as: Do you tell the person he or she has the disease? Does the diagnosis automatically mean giving up driving? Is the person with the disease still capable of making decisions about his or her own care?

MedicAlert® Safely Home®

MedicAlert® Safely Home® is a national program designed to help identify those who are lost and assist in a safe return home.  The personal information engraved on the identification allows police and emergency responders to quickly identify the person who has wandered and bring the family back together.  Call the Alzheimer Society Elgin-St.Thomas for assistance with the application.

Last Updated: 11/08/2017