Lesson Outline

Many challenges exist in caring for a person with dementia in the home. Sometimes, the person with dementia may not be willing to accept care. Caregivers may also be reluctant to seek help even when they feel overwhelmed or experience burnout. Considering the needs of both individuals is essential.

Fortunately, there are many types of help available in both the home and in the community including:

  • Support from health care professionals for services such as nursing care, physiotherapy, and counselling for incontinence and nutrition.
  • Assistance with daily personal care tasks such as taking medicines, bathing, dressing, and toileting.
  • Homemaking activities such as housecleaning, shopping, and paying bills.
  • End-of-life care including pain management, medical supplies, equipment, and respite care.

Over time, as the disease progresses, needs will change, but supports are available throughout the journey.

Learn the answers to the following questions:

What types of help are available in the community?

How do you access it?