The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has compiled an excellent resource worthy of sharing: Housing Options for Persons Living with Dementia Guide.
It should be highlighted that the document has an impressive Study Review Team from: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Employment and Social Development Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada, and Alzheimer Society of Canada.
CMHC published this guide to raise public awareness of:
- support services that can help caregivers
- housing options designed to meet the needs of people living with dementia
- environmental design elements that can increase the safety of people living with dementia as well as that of their family and caregivers
For most Canadians, ‘home’ is where we want to remain as long as possible. Based on the most recent Census, the vast majority (92%) of seniors, aged 65 years and older, live in private homes. In asking individuals living with dementia, some defined ‘home’ in the following ways:
“Home feels secure and familiar”
“Place (to) always come back to” “Home is clean and well cared for”
“I like the feeling of leaving something somewhere and coming back and it’s in the space”
During this month of Alzheimer’s Awareness, West Toronto Support Services would like to acknowledge Caregivers and thank them for all that they do.