Dementia Care

A look at other forms of senile dementia, and care available


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Dementia care offered by seniors' care facilities does not differ significantly from Alzheimer's care offered in memory care facilities, but this may be changing, and some differences are worth noting. Families with elderly members suffering from a lesser-known dementia may be concerned that the disease afflicting their loved one is not as well understood as Alzheimer's Disease. Some other forms of dementia do manifest quite differently, and some progressive-minded care specialists may offer specialized care for different forms of dementia.

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Sweetgrass

Sweetgrass

105 6th Avenue NE, Slave Lake, Alberta, T0G 2A2
At Sweetgrass, we are dedicated to promoting maximum independence, choice, and dignity for each resident and encourage the involvement of family, neighbours and friends.
Hawthorn Park Retirement Community

Hawthorn Park Retirement Community

867 KLO Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9G5
Living at Hawthorn Park Retirement Residence means you have choices & can customize the services you need, as you need them. We offer three lifestyle opportunities; supportive living, assisted living & complex care.
Origin at Longwood

Origin at Longwood

6205 Oliver Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9T 6T1
Origin at Longwood offers a choice of spacious suites, featuring large windows with a variety of exposures to Nanaimo’s vistas or Longwood’s pristine forests – most suites also feature a private balcony or patio.
Baycrest Terraces

Baycrest Terraces

55 Ameer Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2Z1
We are Toronto's Finest Kosher Retirement Residence. Located on the Baycrest campus in the heart of North York's Jewish community. Baycrest Terraces, "Where Life Thrives". Call us today for more information.
Queens Estate Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles

Queens Estate Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles

265 Queens Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M6L 3C6
At Queens Estate, we offer a complete range of care services in a welcoming environment. Whether it's our compassionate staff, fresh homemade meals, or exciting and engaging activities, you will truly feel at home.
Carp Commons Retirement Village

Carp Commons Retirement Village

458 Donald B. Munro Drive, Carp, Ontario, K0A 1L0
One visit to Carp Commons Retirement Village and you’ll see the difference in terms of amenities, food, services, programs, and the little touches that make it feel like home.
Prince of Peace

Prince of Peace

285030 Luther Rose Blvd NE, Calgary, Alberta, T1X 1M9
Prince of Peace a variety of suites styles with kitchenettes and incredible mountain views. It's the perfect residence for seniors who are active, require some assistance, or have memory care needs.
Riverwalk Retirement Residence

Riverwalk Retirement Residence

528 25 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, V2S 0L5
Riverwalk Retirement Residence is centrally located in the Cliff Bungalow-Mission community of Calgary. We offer a continuum of care including Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care.
The Dunfield Retirement Residence

The Dunfield Retirement Residence

77 Dunfield Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2H3
The Dunfield Retirement Residence has established a new standard in senior retirement living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with 177 spacious apartments. Where people come to LIVE!
Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

110 & 150 Rossignol Drive, Orleans, Ontario, K4A 0N2
With so much to do nearby, it’s easy to forget why you might want to stay home, but with its exceptional dining, impeccable design, and fun activities, you’ll find Promenade has many attractions of its own!
The Village Langley

The Village Langley

3920 198th Street, Langley, British Columbia, V3A1E1
We believe that the desire for fulfillment and living a life with purpose does not diminish with a diagnosis of dementia. We focus on the possibilities of each person, supporting each to live with laughter, love and joy.
Aster Gardens

Aster Gardens

7 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park, Alberta, T8H 1Y7
Aster Gardens, an Optima Living community, opened in March 2021, we are transforming Senior's living. You are going to love living here....Let Us Welcome You Home!
The Village of Erin Meadows

The Village of Erin Meadows

2930 Erin Centre Blvd., Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 7M4
Mississauga's unique continuum of care featuring a vibrant Main Street with Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Suites, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care.
Don Mills Retirement Residence

Don Mills Retirement Residence

2 Green Belt Drive, North York, Ontario, M3C 1L8
Origin at Spring Creek

Origin at Spring Creek

808 Spring Creek Drive, Canmore, Alberta, T1W0K3
Origin at Spring Creek is Bow Valley’s leading independent, assisted living, & memory care community. Nestled in the luxurious mountain town of Canmore, we empower our residents to remain happy, healthy & active.
The Shores of Port Credit

The Shores of Port Credit

280 Lakeshore Rd. W., Mississauga, Ontario, L5H 0A5
The Shores is designed for vibrant living with the highest quality of personal care. Amenities include pool, fitness & exercise club, restaurant, bistro & cafe, a golf simulator lounge & wine cellar.
Holland Gardens

Holland Gardens

552 Holland St W, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 4H3
Located in the heart of a vibrant community, Holland Gardens is the perfect place to live, laugh and enjoy life. An exciting community offering a luxurious resort lifestyle, an ideal place for inspired senior living.
Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

110 & 120 Central Park Dr, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 4G3
Whether you're looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care, you can access them all in one location at Park Place. We are a vibrant, social community surrounded by parks and close to many amenities.
McCowan Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles

McCowan Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles

2881 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1J 0A2
McCowan Retirement Residence is a vibrant and family oriented retirement home located in Scarborough. With team members who have been here since we opened in 2004, you can expect a warm welcome and a feeling of home.
Whitehorn Village Retirement Community by Origin

Whitehorn Village Retirement Community by Origin

5200 44 Ave NE, Calgary, Alberta, T1Y7L4
Our life enrichment calendar is full of activities to help you answer the question “What do I want to do today?” Attend our fitness classes, enjoy movies in our theatre, or share laughs over coffees in our bistro.
Wintergreene Estates

Wintergreene Estates

4950 Pasqua Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4S 7L2
At Wintergreene you'll discover a combination of independence, privacy, activities, health and wellness programs & friendly companionship to savour throughout your retirement.
The Briton House

The Briton House

720 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2N7
Family-owned and operated, the Briton House is dedicated to the highest standards of service. Offering a full continuum of care, a variety of amenities and suites, home-cooked meals, and a 15,000 sq. ft. indoor garden.
Greenview Seniors Residence - Metta Lifestyles

Greenview Seniors Residence - Metta Lifestyles

880 Lawrence Ave E, North York, Ontario, M3C1P6
At Greenview Residence, we offer a complete range of care services in a welcoming environment. Whether it's our compassionate staff, fresh homemade meals, or exciting and engaging activities, you will truly feel at home.
Sagecare 147 Elder Street

Sagecare 147 Elder Street

147 Elder Street, North York, Ontario, M3H5G9
Enlightened dementia care touches more than memory. 147 Elder St. is a place that provides opportunities for the joy and meaning still ahead when wellbeing can no longer be realized at home.
Governors Walk Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles

Governors Walk Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles

150 Stanley Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 2J7
A former monastery and friary, Governors Walk is designed to pay respect to the past while featuring a modern touch. Governors Walk is steps away from the picturesque Rideau River and Stanley park.
Credit River

Credit River

175 Rutledge Rd., Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 0X7
Credit River is a 6-storey condo style residence, with an array of well-appointed suite styles to choose from and our highly-skilled health care professionals are available around the clock if you need them.
Golden Sands

Golden Sands

9210 91 Avenue, P.O. Box 1380, Lac La Biche, Alberta, T0A 2C0
Swan Evergreen Village by Origin

Swan Evergreen Village by Origin

2635 Eversyde Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2Y5G9
Swan Evergreen Village is a leading Independent Living, Assisted Living & Memory Care community in Southwest Calgary. Our Passion for Caring guides our active lifestyle. quality dining and supporting care needs.
The Village of Wentworth Heights

The Village of Wentworth Heights

1620 Upper Wentworth St., Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 2W3
The Village of Wentworth Heights is a full-service retirement living community offering retirement apartments, full-service suites, assisted living and memory care.
The Village of Humber Heights

The Village of Humber Heights

2245 Lawrence Avenue West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9P 3W3
The Village of Humber Heights in Etobicoke offers different levels of service from independent apartments with meals to assisted living to long-term care.
The Village of Winston Park

The Village of Winston Park

695 Block Line Road, Kitchener, Ontario, N2E 3K1
This elegant retirement residence in Kitchener-Waterloo offers a continuum of care from independent living apartments to assisted living, memory care and long-term care.
The Village of Riverside Glen

The Village of Riverside Glen

60 Woodlawn Road East, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 8M8
This elegant Guelph retirement home offers a range of care including assisted living and long term care, serviced by a friendly, caring staff.
The Village of Glendale Crossing

The Village of Glendale Crossing

3030 Singleton Avenue, London, Ontario, N6L 0B6
A true retirement hub featuring independent Living Apartments with full kitchens, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Retirement suites with walk out patios, Assisted Care, Memory Care and LTC.
The Village at University Gates

The Village at University Gates

250 Laurelwood Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 0E2
Now welcoming our Retirement Home Residents to the Village. We offer Waterloo a range of services for today's Senior including Retirement Apartments, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Long Term Care.
The Village of Tansley Woods

The Village of Tansley Woods

4100 Upper Middle Road, Burlington, Ontario, L7W 4W8
At The Village of Tansley Woods, we offer the full continuum of care - Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Retirement Suites, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care all in one village.
The Village of Arbour Trails

The Village of Arbour Trails

32 Bayberry Drive, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 0C9
Guelph retirement home offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. Includes 24 hour onsite nursing team and medication support within a Village-like setting. It takes a Village to care.
The Village of Taunton Mills

The Village of Taunton Mills

3800 Brock Sreet North, Whitby, Ontario, L1R 3A5
The Village of Taunton Mills in Whitby presents several levels of service from seniors' apartments with meals to assisted living to long-term care.
New Horizons Tower

New Horizons Tower

1140 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 4E6
From gracious dining to new suites and lounges, residents are enjoying the new management and upgrades found at 1140 Bloor Street West, in the Heart of Bloordale Village.
OPAL by Element

OPAL by Element

438 West King Edward Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y 05M
438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 0M5 Opal offers a full continuum of support from Independent Living, Assisted living all the way to Complex Care, allowing the opportunity for aging in place.
The Vineyards Residence

The Vineyards Residence

726 Valley Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1V 0E9
The Vineyards approach to assisted living & memory care allows people to go about life as they always have, despite health changes. Beautiful suites & homemade meals. Discover for yourself why we say Life’s Better Here
Aspira Riverbend Crossing Retirement Living

Aspira Riverbend Crossing Retirement Living

2235 Heseltine Rd, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4V 2Y7
At Riverbend Crossing our goal is to help you live fully, every day.
Magnolia Gardens

Magnolia Gardens

5840 Glover Rd, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 9K3
An oasis in the heart of Langley City, Magnolia Gardens features bright, spacious suites and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Two choices in senior living: 115 independent living suites, and a 40 suite licensed Care Centre.
Symphony Senior Living Kanata

Symphony Senior Living Kanata

27 Weaver Crescent, Kanata, Ontario, K2K 2Z8
Enjoy the natural setting of the surrounding Kanata Lakes with access to shopping, parks and churches at Symphony Senior Living Kanata. This pet friendly community offers a variety of service packages and suites to fulfill your unique needs.
The Manor Villages StayWell Manor

The Manor Villages StayWell Manor

174 Ypres Green SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 6M2
Staywell Manor Village offers elegant retirement living in the heart of Calgary. Whether you are looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care, we have lifestyle options to meet your needs.
Wentworth Manor

Wentworth Manor

5717 14 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 3M2
Aspira Stonebridge Crossing Retirement Living

Aspira Stonebridge Crossing Retirement Living

102 Wellman Cres., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7T 0J1
At Aspira Stonebridge Crossing our goal is to help you live fully, every day.
Aspira West Park Crossing Retirement Living

Aspira West Park Crossing Retirement Living

1801 Meier Drive, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, S6J0C3
At Aspira West Park our goal is to help you live fully, every day.
Parkland on Eglinton West

Parkland on Eglinton West

4650 Eglinton Ave. W., Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 0E3
Parkland on Eglinton West offers Lifestyle Apartments, All-Inclusive Lifestyle and Supportive Lifestyle options for seniors. Parkland makes it easy for you to do more of what you love!
Delmanor Elgin Mills

Delmanor Elgin Mills

80 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 0L3
Award Winning Delmanor Elgin Mills, has proudly served the Richmond Hill community since 2002.
Aspira Douglas Crossing Retirement Living

Aspira Douglas Crossing Retirement Living

6 Douglas Rd, Uxbridge, Ontario, L9P1S9
At Aspira Douglas Crossing our goal is to help you live fully, every day.
Forest Valley Terrace By Symphony

Forest Valley Terrace By Symphony

1510 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 7L1
Forest Valley Terrace is proud to be the only community that is specifically designed & dedicated to the unique needs of seniors with all stages of Alzheimer’s, dementia or other forms of memory impairment in Ottawa.
Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony

Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony

6 Arthur Street, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 4S4
We offer a truly all inclusive plan. We welcome pets: offer residents accommodation options .Our array of activities & chef-prepared meals keep our residents healthy & active. Offering beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy.
Hamilton High Street Residence

Hamilton High Street Residence

23100 Garripie Avenue, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 0B9
Welcome to where independence meets peace of mind. Experience Richmond's cruise-inspired community offering gourmet meals, active living, entertainment & services that are not in-your-face, but there when you need them.
Waterford, The

Waterford, The

1345 56th Street, Tsawwassen, British Columbia, V4L 2P9
Featuring bright suites surrounded by pedestrian pathways, and a two-acre water feature in Tsawwassen town-centre. Two choices in all-inclusive senior housing: independent living and a licensed Care Centre suites.
Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

626 & 636 Prado Private, Ottawa, Ontario, K2E 0B3
Ravines offers you tranquility in one of Ottawa’s most scenic neighbourhoods, Prince of Wales. A social, carefree lifestyle awaits you in a friendly community staffed with individuals who truly care.
Richmond Care Home

Richmond Care Home

27 Nixon Farm Drive, Richmond, Ontario, K0A 2Z0
Richmond Care Home is a unique 16-unit retirement home specifically designed for women living with dementia. We offer cutting-edge exceptional memory care, that's very reasonably priced in an intimate home-like setting.
Lanes Retirement Living

Lanes Retirement Living

134 Airport Heights Drive, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1A 4Z7
Conveniently located in the city's east end, our newest location provides an upscale retirement experience with unmatched services and amenities, personalized care, and a warm family atmosphere.
The Meadows of Aurora

The Meadows of Aurora

440 William Graham Drive, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 1X5
The Meadows of Aurora is a Christian Seniors Lifestyle Community that promotes the wellbeing of individuals 65+. Residents experience nature’s green spaces, memorable dining experiences and great times with friends.
Aspira The Barrieview Retirement Living

Aspira The Barrieview Retirement Living

3 Concert Way, Barrie, Ontario, L4N6N5
At Aspira The Barrieview Retirement Living our goal is to help you live fully, every day.
Chartwell Eau Claire Care Residence

Chartwell Eau Claire Care Residence

301 7th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 1Y6
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Calgary seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Scarlett Heights Retirement Residence

Chartwell Scarlett Heights Retirement Residence

4005 Eglinton Ave West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9A 5H3
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Etobicoke seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Deerview Crossing Retirement Residence

Chartwell Deerview Crossing Retirement Residence

460 Rymal Road West, Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 0B2
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Hamilton seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Empress Kanata Retirement Residence

Chartwell Empress Kanata Retirement Residence

170 McGibbon Drive, Kanata, Ontario, K2L 4H5
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Kanata seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Georgian Traditions Retirement Residence

Chartwell Georgian Traditions Retirement Residence

57 Trott Blvd., Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 0A3
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Collingwood seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Willow Retirement Community

Chartwell Willow Retirement Community

12275-224th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V2X 6H5
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Maple Ridge seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Home care services for dementia sufferers
Nurse Next Door Toronto Beaches

Nurse Next Door Toronto Beaches

Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1K 2M8
Nurse Next Door Toronto Beaches provides compassionate 24 hour personalized senior care services with bonded, registered & licensed Nurses / RPN's, in your home, hospital, rehab, LTC & retirement communities.
Qualicare

Qualicare

Toronto, Mississauga and Belleville, Toronto, Mississauga and Belleville, Ontario, M8X2X9
Qualicare offers reliable and consistent caregivers and nursing for patients with medical, dementia, and mobility challenges. We also support people during and after hospital stays and within assisted living residences.
Lawbell Senior Home Care Services

Lawbell Senior Home Care Services

7191 Yonge Street, Markham, Ontario, L3T 0C7
Lawbell Senior Home Care Services We offers medical and non - medical care support for seniors and people of all ages, in their homes, retirement residence, hospitals and Long term care facilities.



 

Respite care for dementia caregivers is a service funded by provincial governments in BC, Albert, Ontario and elsewhere. The length and availability ranges from one province to the next. In BC, these care stays are considered up to 3 months; in Ontario, you can take up to 90 days of respite care per year, but no more than 60 days in a row. This is a wonderful service that allows caregiving families a break from the rigours and stress of daily care for dementia sufferers. You may be required to cover some of the fees, but (for example) in the province of BC this comes to less than $40 per day. Home care providers can also be brought in to help, as part of provincial respite care programs.

Home care services are provincially funded in some cases, but you can also hire private home care to provide excellent, professional care to supplement the care you may be giving your loved one, especially during the early stages of any form of dementia. Home care can provide homemaking services and personal support for everything from hygiene to feeding and incontinence, and catheter and other tube care. Physiotherapy and occupational therapy are just two more care aspects that may be available.

Adult day care programs are an important service available in many communities, with more being offered all the time. These are a growing trend in services for caregivers of seniors with dementia. Programs are usually 2 or 3 hours long, and offered daily or several times weekly. Here, seniors in the early stages of dementia can interact with others, play games, or participate in various other activities.


 
 

Vascular dementia
Vascular dementia is generally considered the second most common form of senile dementia, far behind Alzheimer's, but still accounting for about one tenth of all dementia diagnoses. It's also called post-stroke dementia, due to its common association with strokes. When there is a lack of blood flow to the brain (as occurs with strokes), nerve cells die. This results in changes to the functioning of the brain, and to an individual's mental abilities.

Effects can vary widely from one patient to the next: some can survive post-diagnosis for 20 years or longer, while other cases can be terminal within months. In many cases, patients deteriorate in distinct increments, with sudden, noticeable changes in behaviour and symptoms. "Vascular cognitive impairment" is considered a more accurate description by many specialists.

Vascular dementia care
Home care services and retirement homes with memory care facilities should (in all likelihood) readily accept patients with vascular dementia. Care treatments for vascular dementia post–diagnosis will focus on preventing future insults that exacerbate the dementia. For example, blood pressure reduction, better diet, and mental exercises are all very beneficial. Home care services with diet assistance, or adult day care programs with interactive brain games can definitely help.

 

Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB)
This occurs when there are abnormal deposits of the protein alpha-synuclein in the cerebral cortex and other parts of the brain (aggregate deposits are called Lewy Bodies). This dementia manifests in memory loss and cognition problems, as seen in Alzheimer's sufferers, but with notable differences. The clarity of visual hallucinations can be more pronounced in those with DLB, sleep disorders are more prevalent, and slowness of movement is also more common. This is often confused with Parkinson's because it affects physical movement in a very similar manner, and the alpha-synuclein deposits in the brain are a feature of both dementias.

Lewy Body Dementia care
Since dementia with Lewy Bodies can manifest some aggressive behaviour, some memory care homes and care services may be more cautious about taking in Lewy Body dementia patients. Other facilities, especially, those with a strong understanding of dementia, will readily accept those with this form of dementia. The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer's Disease can also manifest aggression or irritability, etc.

If you are seeking care for someone with Lewy Body dementia, be sure that care is tailored to help with the distinct symptoms of this disorder, notably its more pronounced effects on physical movement and on visual perception. No treatments have been shown to slow progress of this disease, but home care services, adult day care programs can help spell off relief for family caregivers.

 

Parkinson's Disease (Parkinsonian Dementia)
Parkinson's is a progressive dementia with many similarities to dementia with Lewy Bodies, as well as Alzheimer's. The prevalent symptom is physical shaking and other problems with movement. Dementia is sometimes seen in the disease's advanced stages; those with Parkinson's Disease are anywhere from two to six times more likely to develop dementia than the general population. Other symptoms include cognitive difficulties like problems with judgment as well as memory loss. In advanced stages of Parkinson's there is decreased physical movement, quieter speech and other negative effects. A small percentage of late-stage Parkinson's patients suffer psychotic symptoms.

Care for Parkinsonian Dementia
For the most part, memory care retirement homes and home care services will accept Parkinson's sufferers as much as they will accept Alzheimer's patients. These services will be very helpful to families in the advanced stages of the disease, especially in dealing with Parkinsonian dementia. Respite care may be an option in some provinces, and beleaguered caregivers of those in later stages of the disease should consult with government services and to apply for short stay programs or help from home care.

If your family has committed to care in a facility that accepts Parkinson's sufferers but does not offer adequate care for dementia, your loved one may have to move.

 

Creutzfeld Jacob disease (CJD)
Creutzfeld Jacob disease is a universally fatal disease, caused by an agent called a prion; Classic Creutzfeld Jacob disease affects mainly older people, as opposed to Variant CJD, found in younger people. Typically, CJD is fatal within a year, for older people. It is extremely rare, affecting one in one million people annually.

Dementia care for Creutzfeld Jacob disease (CJD)
This is a disease that progresses more rapidly than Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Care homes and home care services will likely have no problem accepting someone with CJD into their care and offering full care for the duration of the disease. Consult with homes listed here to learn more.

 

Other types of dementia
Other types of dementia are less common, including Korsakoff Syndrome, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, Huntington's Disease and a number of others.

Care for other types of dementia
Home care services and retirement residents are not likely to distinguish any of these lesser known dementias from the care they offer to those with Alzheimer's Disease. For the most part, retirement homes with specialized memory care facilities will be well-equipped to deal with any form of dementia. As medical science progresses, diseases are all increasingly better understood and care provided improves.

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Dementia care environments offer many advantages over providing care at home only. Here is a brief look at why families should look closely at using local care facilities on a dedicated basis or even for respite care stays only.

Medication administration and other care by professional staff. Care homes have staff on hand 24/7 where your loved one is watched over, and his or her care needs will be met.

The professionalized care environment alleviates other negative effects of dementia. Loud noises, clutter, or too much activity can increase irritation or the potential for outbursts on the part of dementia sufferers. Memory care environments in retirement homes are specially designed and created to accommodate those with dementia. One of the primary considerations is to maintain a peaceful environment.

Exposure to innovative, helpful therapies. Music therapy, light therapy, brain games, Snoezelen treatments and other therapies are used in many memory care homes. Read more about these therapies.


 

In most scenarios, long term care is the eventual solution for those suffering from senile dementia. Many of these facilities have long waiting lists, though, and families find it helpful to get temporary care in a private retirement residence, where excellent care and therapies offer peace of mind.

Choosing private care may not be easy, as with so many choices that families face concerning dementia care. Below is a survey of costs for dementia care in a variety of cities across the country, in different residences offering varied care options.

Location
Cost/mo from
Care details included
Vancouver, BC
$4,388
housekeeping and meals
Newmarket, ON
$5,500
housekeeping, meals, bathing (1x/week), transfer, dressing, feeding, incontinence, medication administration
Guelph, ON
$4,085
housekeeping, meals, bathing (1x/week), dressing, transfer, incontinence, medication administration
Toronto, ON
$5,400
housekeeping, meals, bathing (1x/week), transfer, dressing, feeding, incontinence, medication administration

The above is only an overview, taken from homes listed here at Comfort Life. Please consult with individual dementia care homes to find actual costs and care given.

Paying for dementia care

Unfortunately, there is often little direct government support to help offset many fees and costs related to dementia care, until or unless you are caught in an emergency. A typical scenario is that families care for family members at home, then move cautiously into procuring professional dementia care, paying as they go. There are a variety of means at your disposal to pay for dementia care, and many people miss opportunities; we offer an overview of ways others pay for seniors' care. You should also be sure to check out benefits for caregivers.

While the lump-sum monthly cost of private dementia care seems expensive, people forget many minor costs of living at home. When considering the cost of any senior care, take a look at our examination of costs of staying at home vs. moving into seniors' care.

Paying for dementia care is just one more difficult adjustment family must make, but there are many other people who have dealt with this.

When it comes to caring for someone with dementia, families make many difficult decisions. Deciding on professional care, and how to afford it, are some of the most difficult of all these decisions. Every family is working from their own budget, and hiring professional care is done as judiciously as possible by all families. Ultimately, you will not regret getting the best care possible for the one you love. This doesn't have to be the most expensive, though. Understand your budget and keep things as flexible as possible at all stages of care.

Seek as much support and advice from people around you as you need. Research every step of the way, and always be learning. We wish you all the best at every stage of your caregiving journey.

 

alz.to: What is Dementia?
Alzheimer.ca/ includes links to many resources for families and seniors dealing with all forms of senile dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease. You can find local chapters across the country.
BrainXChange is a Canadian initiative "dedicated to improving quality of life and supports for persons with or at risk of having brain-health needs related to dementia, mental health and neurological conditions related to aging or have experienced brain health changes earlier in life that are now more complex with aging."


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