Living Arrangements


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  • Living Alone
  • Home Support
  • Long-term Care


Many people live alone. Living in a place that is safe, familiar and comfortable is important to everyone, including people living with dementia. A diagnosis of dementia does not automatically mean that a person is incapable of living alone. Some people may be capable of living safely on their own for some time after the diagnosis.

However, others may at risk and the issue is whether the level of risk can be mitigated to an acceptable level. Strategies are available to help support a person living with dementia who lives alone. As the disease progresses, these strategies often need to be reviewed and modified to meet the person’s changing abilities.

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 Living at home is often a high priority for patients and their families. While in many cases this can be accomplished successfully with the right health care supports in place, people may also find other assistive community services helpful.

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Home Support: Printable PDF Handout

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When a person living with dementia needs more support than is possible, moving to a long-term care home may be next step for you and your family. Long-term care homes are places where adults can live and receive help with most or all daily activities and access to 24-hour nursing and personal care.

Moving to a long-term care home is not an inevitable step, but it needs to be considered and discussed within the persons future care plan. It may be necessary to consider more than one move throughout their future planning, perhaps from family home to supportive housing to retirement home and finally to long term care.

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Long-term Care: Printable PDF Handout

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