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 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


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


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