able to arrange, manage and directtheir own care and be responsible fordecisions about day-to-day activities.The lodges are run by local housingmanagement bodies and offer social,leisure and recreational activities.Accommodation fees include rent,meals and 24-hour onsite safety staff(staff are not health care providers).Additional services may be offered,some may be at an extra fee such ashousekeeping or personal laundryservices. If needed, personal care canbe arranged through home care.
Designated supportive living offers thesame housekeeping and recreationalamenities as a seniors lodge, plus24-hour-a-day home care and on-sitehealthcare for an array of needs. Somespaces are best for people who canmanage daily tasks by themselves,while others specialize in caring forpeople with complex and chronicconditions, including advanceddementia.
Long-term care supports peoplewith complex and unpredictablehealth issues who need 24-hourcare. Services include regular visitsfrom a physician, complex nursingcare, and support from other healthprofessionals. Social programs suchas games, leisure activities and liveentertainment complement this care.
Long-term care beds can be inauxiliary hospitals or supportiveliving residences. For more aboutlong-term care services, visitahs.ca/continuing care.
People with dementia can live athome, or in supportive living andlong-term care, depending on theirand their family’s needs. Casemanagers work with patients andfamilies to determine the best care
wherever people call home.
“In some cases, specialized supportsmay be available to help peopleexperiencing responsive behavioursrelated to dementia,” says SophieSapergia, director with AHS’sprovincial continuing care team.
Sapergia recommends callingHealth Link at 811 with questionsabout dementia. Health Link staff willsuggest supports for any concerns,including a referral to a dementianurse.
“Dementia nurses through HealthLink’s Dementia Advice have extensivetraining and experience in seniors’health and caring for people livingwith dementia, and their caregivers,”Sapergia says.
For more information, call 811.
Palliative care begins when a personis diagnosed with a life-limiting, butnot necessarily life-threatening illness.End-of-life care happens closer tothe time of death. In both instances,