Living with dementia

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Practical help

To make caring for someone with dementia at home easier, get help with some of the day-to-day activities and tasks. This can include personal care, cleaning, meals, household chores and taking the person to appointments.

Start by making a list of all the tasks that need to be done, including personal care, shopping, yard work, transportation and housework.

You may be able to get help from family members, neighbours, volunteers or agencies. Some help may be available through the Home Care program in your area at no or low cost. Contact your local Alzheimer Society for more information on services available in your area.

Services that can help include:
  • Homecare workers: They provide personal care at home, helping with eating, dressing and bathing as well as light household tasks.
  • Housekeeping services: These usually include cleaning, shopping, laundry and meal preparation.
  • Skilled nursing services: Nursing services provide trained professionals in the home.
  • Meals on Wheels: These programs offer home-delivered meals to help provide well-balanced lunches and dinners.
  • Volunteer/friendly visiting: These provide a friendly visitor (paid or volunteer) to spend time with the person doing an activity such as walking.
  • Day programs/seniors programs: These provide social interactions for the person as well as respite for the caregiver.

Last Updated: 08/27/12
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