How to make the best decision on 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.


If you have any questions, contact your local community care office or your healthcare provider.

A number of resources can help you in your search, like your local Alzheimer Society, support groups, friends or family, faith leaders, social workers, social service agencies or local organizations for seniors.

Make a wishlist

Think about your priorities and expectations:

  • Is the home conveniently located?
  • Can they accommodate a special diet?
  • What is important to you?

Call each home and narrow your search based on the answers you get.

Visit different homes

  • See for yourself what each home has to offer.
  • Bring this printable Long-term care home checklist to make sure you cover all of your questions.
  • Talk to residents and their families.
  • Bring a friend or family member, and if possible, the person with dementia. 
  • Many homes make their social activities available to the public; consider having the person attend a few programs to become familiar with the home.
  • And trust your instincts - your first reactions will tell you if this the right place for the person you’re caring for.

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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Smiling senior woman at care home.

Long-term care

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.

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Smiling senior man at care home.