Hospitalization and Long Term Care
Hospitalization for other physical health problems while living with dementia is not uncommon. Hospitalizations are often unplanned. Being prepared and communicating with the health care team is essential to minimize any risks due to cognitive impairment and ensuring the right supports are in place during and after time in hospital. Social workers, discharge planners and hospital advocates are available to help during this time.
Planning for long term care is sometimes necessary. Exploring your options is important – what type of home or facility, location, and cost are all key considerations for you. Knowing the options will help you if and when this decision becomes relevant for your situation.
Conversations about the end-of-life and choices at this time in our life are more commonplace than they once were. We also encourage this conversation to ensure your decisions are also respected at this time. You may want to have an intimate conversation with a family member, friend or spiritual guide. You may consult resources such as End-of-life care | Alzheimer Society of Canada and End-of-life care – Canada.ca