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1.10 Plan for now and the future

Plan to have support when you need it so that you do not become overwhelmed in the future.

There are services to support you

Most care partners and other family members and friends of people living with dementia would like them to continue living in their own home for as long as possible.  

With the progression of dementia, the person with dementia will need more help doing everyday things and will increasingly rely upon care partners to provide this help.

If you are the primary care partner or involved in supporting a person with dementia, there are services and supports available to ensure that you do not become overwhelmed with caring.

Planning ahead

For some, planning ahead might also involve thinking about who would make legal, financial or health decisions for the person living with dementia if they are no longer able to do so.

The section on our website called making plans and decisions includes details on what you may need to consider.

Choosing a trusted person who will make these decisions can be as important as actually making the decisions. Planning in advance can give you some peace of mind. 

There may come a time when a person with dementia needs to move to a long-term care home (or nursing home) because their care needs are beyond what you as a care partner can provide to help them live at home safely. However, it is not inevitable that the person with dementia will move into a long-term care home.

Over 60% of Canadians with dementia live in the community. 

Accessing services and supports can mean that the person with dementia is able to remain independent and stay in their own home longer, and that you as a care partner feel supported as well.