Depending upon where you live, short-term (respite) and permanent housing options may include supportive living, group homes, retirement residences or long-term care homes. Your local Alzheimer Society will have information on the services available in your area. In making your decision, try to remain flexible and keep in mind the needs of the person you're caring for.
When looking at caregiving options, remember that there are no right or wrong choices. For some, the decision will be to continue providing care at home or in the community. For others, the choice will be made to arrange for care provided in a long-term care facility.
Learning more about the disease and being able to talk about your feelings can often help to clarify your decision. The person with dementia will eventually require full-time caregiving and you can't do it alone. Your friends, family or an Alzheimer support group of caregivers can be especially important during this time.
If you decide to continue caregiving at home, it will be important to know about the support services available. In-home respite services, a home-care worker or visiting nurse can provide you with relief from caregiving tasks. At the same time, you might wish to consider enlisting additional support for day-to-day chores such as housekeeping, laundry and home maintenance. The Alzheimer Society can inform you of the available services in your area.
If you decide to arrange for care in a long-term care facility, there are a number of things you can do to make this decision easier — both for you and for the person with the disease.
Need More Information?
Contact your local Alzheimer Society.
- Guidelines for Care, Alzheimer Society of Canada.
- The Alzheimer Journey: At the Crossroads, Alzheimer Society of Canada.
- "Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease? Remember to take care of yourself too!" , Alzheimer Society of Canada.
- Pain and cognitive impairment: reading the cues (video), Canadian Virtual Hospice
- An action plan to address abuse and neglect in long-term care homes, Long-Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety