Families learn to prepare for move to residential care

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers free workshops to help families cope

Many families support a person with dementia at home. And as the disease progresses, many of them will need to consider residential care for their family member.

“It can be an effective option,” said Carly Gronlund, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s support and education coordinator for Vernon and the North/Central Okanagan.

Residential care does bring challenges, though, and not just for the person with dementia. Caregivers can see their role change during the transition, and will need to learn to work effectively with a care team.

“It’s a process of adjustment,” said Gronlund.

To help local families with these issues, the Society brings its free workshop, The Transition to Residential Care to Vernon Sept. 2.

The two-hour session provides general information on how to access residential care in the community, and reviews some important considerations when choosing a facility.

The session will also explore the challenges families face when making decisions about residential care, and present strategies for preparing for the transition.

The workshop runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The People Place, 3402-27th Ave. Pre-registration is required. For information and to register, contact Gronlund at 1-800-634-3399 or cgronlund@alzheimerbc.org.

The workshops are free thanks to partial funding from the Province of BC, Provincial Employees Community Services Fund, Seacliff Foundation, RBC Foundation, Phyliss & Irving Snider Foundation, Victoria foundation, Paul Lee Family Foundation, Merck Canada, Community Connection Health Foundation, Margaret Rothweiler Charitable Foundation, Cadillac Fairview, Lohn Foundation, Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation, Pfizer Canada Inc., Kaatza Foundation, London Drugs Foundation, Wheeler Family Foundation and by the contributions of individual donors.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias visit www.alzheimerbc.org.