Information for the caregiver
As someone assisting in the care for someone with dementia, you undoubtedly have many questions. The staff at the Alzheimer Society aims to give partners in care all of the information they need to make informed decisions, enhance quality of life for the diagnosed and themselves, and take care of their own physical and mental health.
- Daily living
- Long distance care
- Planning for the future
- Care partner support
- Self-care for the care partner
- Helping children understand dementia
To find out what Support Groups are available in your area please download our Support Group Brochure
You do not need to register for support groups, simply show up at the time, date and location that works best for you and introduce yourself to the facilitator.
First steps for families
The First steps for families booklet, created by the Alzheimer Society of Canada, aims to help families of people who have been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. It provides information about dealing with the diagnosis, how Alzheimer’s disease can affect your loved one, how to deal with stress and what comes next.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be a complex task. It can be frustrating, confusing, emotional draining and physically exhausting. It comes with rewards and good times as well. The Alzheimer Society of KFL & A can be a resource for information and support and you are encouraged to contact us.
To make caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease at home easier, it helps to get help with some of the day to day activities and tasks, such as 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, and see if any family members or friends are able to help. Some help may also be available through the home health care programs in your area.
Quality care -- Guidelines for Care
The Alzheimer Society's booklet, Guidelines for Care, sets out 11 basic principles that define quality care for people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, whether the person with the disease lives at home or in a long-term care facility.
Tough Issues -- Ethical Guidelines
The Alzheimer Society's Ethical Guidelines help people with the disease, families and health-care professionals raise sensitive issues such as: Do you tell the person he or she has the disease? Does the diagnosis automatically mean giving up driving? Is the person with the disease still capable of making decisions about his or her own care? The information provided in these guidelines, available through the Alzheimer’s Society, can help provide some guidance through these delicate issues.
MedicAlert® Safely Home® Registry
MedicAlert® Safely Home® assists police in finding a person who is lost and returning them safely to their home. It is a nationwide program developed by the Alzheimer Society of Canada in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Over 30,000 Canadians are registered.
For more information on programs and services offered at:
Alzheimer Society of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington
400 Elliott Ave., Unit 4
Kingston, ON K7K 6M9
(613) 544-3078; 1-800-266-7516
Last Updated: 04/12/13
Last Updated: 03/01/17