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, and supports can change as well.
Learn the answers to the following questions:
What types of help are available in the community?
How do you access it?
Here are some other resources about this topic that you may find helpful after completing this lesson.
Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviours
Learn practical tips for communicating with a person with dementia and how to handle troubling behaviours, incontinence, wandering, agitation, repetitive speech, paranoia, sleeplessness, eating and nutrition and bathing.Visit Website
Home and Community Care
This website provides useful information and links to services for patients and seniors who need support living at home.Visit Website
Find local programs and services in your province with this online service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in over 100 languages.Visit Website
Understanding the Challenges of Communication with Persons with Dementia
In this 45-minute video, our experts discuss communication strategies for caregivers to use when communicating with a person with dementia. Listen to our experts respond to viewer questions.Watch Video
Palliative Care and End-of-Life Planning
In this 45-minute video, our experts discuss what to expect in the final stages of dementia. Listen to our experts respond to viewer questions.Watch Video
Consent, Capacity, and Care Planning
In this 50-minute video, our experts discuss how to help persons with dementia plan for the future including the importance of the Power of Attorney, substitute decision making and how dementia can affect a person's capacity to make decisions.Watch Video
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