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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

When is it time to move to long-term care?

Canadians often dread a move to long-term care (LTC). However, individuals living with dementia will likely need this type of care at some point during the course of their disease. In fact, 57% of seniors living in a residential care home have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and/or other dementia1 and 70% of all individuals diagnosed with dementia will die in a nursing home2.
The Alzheimer Society has an obligation to support a better experience of moving to and living in LTC for everyone – individuals with dementia, their family and staff. That’s why they’ve launched a new resource to help individuals living with dementia and their families through the many complex issues involved in moving to long-term care.
This resource includes a four piece set of evidence based resources to support families and individuals with dementia as they:
  1. Consider a move to long-term care
  2. Prepare for a move
  3. Handle moving day
  4. Adjust after a move
Each of the four resources can be downloaded in English at and in French at from the Alzheimer Society of Canada website.

Canadian Institute for Health Information, Caring for Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Forms of Dementia, August 2010.
Mitchell S, Teno J, Miller S, Mor V: A national study of the location of death for older persons with dementia.  JAGS 2005, 53:299-305

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