Living with dementia

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Living arrangements

For now, you may need little or no help with daily living. As Alzheimer's disease progresses, you will find that you need help with activities such as cooking, housekeeping, shopping and transportation. Talk to family members and friends to see who would be able to help you with these tasks.

Your local Alzheimer Society can provide information and referrals to community and social services available in your area.

These may include:

  • Live-in companions

  • Assisted-living homes

  • Supportive housing

  • Retirement and long-term care facilities

Some questions to ask about residences

Is the residence Alzheimer-friendly?

  • Are staff trained to care for people with Alzheimer's disease?

  • Can you walk safely indoors and outside?

  • Does it have a home-like environment?

What is the care philosophy of the residence?

  • Does it focus on the person's needs?

  • Can it accommodate your personal preferences for food, routines and activities?

What kind of medical care does the residence provide?

  • Can you continue to see your own doctor?

  • Is there a doctor on call?

  • How often does the doctor visit?

  • Can you meet the doctor?

  • How are medical emergencies handled?

What kind of personalized care is available?

  • Can you choose menus?

  • Can you bring your pet?

  • Can you bring your own furniture?

Last Updated: 10/07/15
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