Caregiver Fact Sheets

If you are looking for a particular topic not covered in the below, please contact our Program staff at 613-523-4004 in Ottawa or 1-888-411-2067 ext. 125 in Renfrew County or email us at info@asorc.org and we would be happy to provide you with further information.

Information is also available in French and other languages.

Understanding Behaviours & The Disease

Anger/Agitation — Recognizing the warning signs and what to try

Behaviours: Understanding Changes — How behaviours may occur and how to prevent or lessen the behaviour

Disinhibition — The signs and causes of behaviours that are tactless, inappropriate or offensive as well as some sources of help

Hoarding — Understanding reasons for hoarding and strategies for coping

Late Day Restlessness — Identifying the triggers and some coping strategies

Memory Loss: Challenges and Strategies — Understanding memory loss and strategies to use in your daily life

Mild Cognitive Impairment — Recognizing the warning signs and what to do

Paranoia/Delusions — Understanding paranoia and delusions and some coping strategies

Sleep Disturbances — Why sleep disturbances occur and strategies to prevent them

Repetitive Behaviours — Why they happen and possible ways to respond

Wandering — Understanding why this occurs and how to prevent

Planning & Finances

Care Planning Checklist for Caregivers  

Finances and Long Term Care — Frequently asked questions relating to residential care or long term care homes

Financial Planning — Maximizing income and benefits for the person with dementia

Having a Back-Up Plan — Why it’s important to have a plan and what to include in one

Managing Finances — Suggested strategies for caregivers in protecting assets for the person with dementia

Planning for a Day When You Can No Longer Drive — Suggested approaches to help the driver

Preparing for in-home help and support — Ways to make in-home help and support a positive experience

When a Move is Necessary — Preparing and supporting the person with dementia

Long Term Care

After the Move: Adjustments for the Caregiver — Experiences and feelings about the move

After the Move: Visiting — Suggested activities

Diagnosis

How Do I Get My Relative Diagnosed — Value of early diagnosis and tips on starting the conversation with the person

Relationships

How to Engage a Person with Dementia — Strategies to help you plan and provide meaningful activities

Maintaining Relationships — Understanding how dementia affect relationships and what will help

When Families Do Not Agree — Strategies in minimizing conflict and addressing caregiving issues in a supportive manner

Caregiver Support

The Caregiving Role — Possible experiences through the series of stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

Taking a Break: Why It’s Essential — Why it is important to take a break and strategies on how to arrange it

Grief Related to Caregiving — Coping strategies

Care for the Caregiver — Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver