Care and support - Housing options - Deciding to move into a long-term care home and choosing a home

Making a decision about moving from community living into a long term care home can be challenging. However, there are some things that you can think about to make your decision easier. Some questions you might want to ask yourself are:

  • Am I having difficulty with toileting?
  • Am I having difficulty with walking around the house?
  • Do I have more disturbed sleep than usual?
  • Do I find myself having angry outbursts more often?
  • Do I need more help with washing or bathing?
  • Am I having difficulty eating properly or preparing meals?
  • Do I have health issues that might be better monitored in a long term care home?

If you are answering yes to the majority of these questions you may want to discuss long term care home options with a family member, friend or health practitioner. You will also need to contact the Local Health Integration Network to find out if you are eligible for placement in a long term care home.

Source: The information above was adapted with permission from Ward- Moser, S. (2009). Moving to a Home?...Next Month?...When is it Time?, in Living with Dementia: a Guidebook for Families. Kingston, Ontario, Canada: Mobile Crisis Intervention Teams (MICT).

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