Long-term care

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When a person living with dementia needs full time support, moving to a long-term care home may be the next step for you and your family.

Smiling senior man at care home.

Need more information?

Contact your local Alzheimer Society. We are available to help you through the process and to find services available in your area.

When is it time to move to long-term care?

As you consider your caregiving options, try to be flexible. Keep in mind the needs of the person you're caring for, but balance them with your own well being. You shouldn’t have to do it all alone. Use our caregiver stress assessment checklist to see how stress may be affecting your life.

If you decide to continue caregiving at home, find out about support services available near you. In-home respite services, a home-care worker or visiting nurse may offer some relief. At the same time, consider hiring support for everyday chores such as housekeeping, laundry and home maintenance.

If you decide to arrange for care in a long-term care home, visit the other pages in this section for advice on finding the right home, preparing for the move, and adjusting to long-term care.

Moving someone you’ve been caring for can bring about all kinds of emotion – like guilt, sadness, relief, or even second thoughts. It doesn’t mean that your role as a caregiver is any less important. You may find that you have a different focus, like staying connected to the person or even advocating for quality dementia care.

Reach out to your friends, family, doctor, or even a caregiver support group if you need any help with making the decision to move.

Resources

  1. Moving to long-term care series, by the Alzheimer Society of Canada:
  2. Printable checklists:
  3. All about me, a fillable booklet to help professional caregivers get to know people living with dementia better.
  4. Resources for long-term care, an overview of Alzheimer Society resources that can support staff, people with dementia and families before, during and after the transition to long-term care.

Finding a home

The first step to finding a home is to familiarize yourself with care options in your area. Contact your community health centre for information about local long-term care homes, and ask questions about services, policies and costs beforehand.

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Moving in to long-term care

There is no right way to feel about the move. Some caregivers feel tired, angry, guilty, embarrassed, or even relieved. Speak with someone you feel comfortable with to help you process your emotions.

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I'm caring for a person living with dementia

Understanding dementia and its progression is vital to ensure that both you and the person with dementia can live as well as possible. We have the resources to support you and your care of the person living with dementia.

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