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Locate providers that offer Memory or Alzheimer Care services in the province of your choice:

British Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan
Manitoba Ontario Quebec
Nova Scotia   Newfoundland & Labrador

Alzheimer or Memory Care

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, many people live safely at home – helped by memory cues like lists and notes.  As the disease progresses and memory loss becomes more acute, safety – for both the caregiver and the person becomes an issue.   

In its advanced stages, the Alzheimer patient will likely need full time care:

  • physical activities, e.g. dressing, washing, toileting
  • supervision or a secure setting to prevent wandering
  • management of inappropriate behaviors

When health and safety are at risk, it’s time to explore other options for cognitive issues such as assisted living residences that offer this type of care, nursing or long-term care homes. 

Assisted living residences are an option for those needing help with some activities of daily living as a result of Alzheimers or other cognitive issues. 

Ensure that the residence offers the following: 

  1. caring staff with the experience to deal with the special needs of Alzheimer residents;
  2. a detailed care plan - worked out with their families, that recognizes each resident's individual need and behaviours
  3. the activities and programs in place that ensure the residents well being;
  4. a suitable, secure building and suite with a design that facilitates cueing (colour, lighting and other environmental considerations);
  5. the ability to provide the level of care required now. . .and a plan of care for the future.

In addition to providing help with the activities of daily living, many nursing homes  offer special floors or wings dedicated to memory care.

Tips on Choosing Alzheimer Care

When you’ve short listed facilities providing Alzheimer or Memory care, make an appointment to visit them.  What you want to do is feel comfortable with the staff, the environment and the level of care and support provided.  

Experience of the Provider with Alzheimer’s disease is the key assessment criterion. Providers like Sunrise Assisted Living, Symphony Senior Living and Amica Mature Lifestyles bring a wealth of experience to this type of care.

  1. Is there a secure wing or a special care unit for those suffering from memory issues?
  2. How many residents live in the Alzheimer’s unit?  The size is usually small – 30 or so (a resident home area in a long term care home), similar in private pay choices.
  3. What scheduled activities are in place to provide opportunities for meaningful stimulation and expression?
  4. What safety measures are in place to prevent wandering or dealing with disorientation?
  5. How are behavioral issues like aggression, mood swings or wandering dealt with?
  6. What is the staffing ratio and turnover?  Continuity of care is particularly important with Alzheimer’s disease and higher staff per resident are preferred. 
  7. What qualifications do staff have in dealing with Alzheimer’s patients?

Last but not least. . .

Since people with Alzheimer’s disease need the comfort of feeling like they're at home, many Alzheimer’s care units offer the little details that make a big difference, for example, hanging quilts on the walls for a homey feeling or offering meals family style in a small kitchen/dining room.

Moving will be a big adjustment, but with time and support, Alzheimer’s patients will adjust to their new homes.

For information on Alzheimer Disease visit the Alzheimer Society of Canada at www.alzheimer.ca or call 1-800-616-8816.

If you need help in finding suitable Alzheimer care call us at 1-800-311-CARE (2273) or email us at info@thecareguide.com.

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