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Alzheimer's care has improved?
Finding professional care for a family member suffering from Alzheimer's will provide you with ease of mind. The city of Toronto offers a wide variety of Alzheimer's care facilities in cities and boroughs throughout the GTA. You'll find world class help in facilities here, including homes in Mississauga, the Beaches, York Region and elsewhere.
Retirement homes throughout the Greater Toronto Area have rich experience working with Alzheimer' patients. Many Alzheimer’s care senior homes feature certified nursing staff on site 24 hours a day.
Listed below you will find homes throughout the Greater Toronto Area that offer care for those with Alzheimer's Disease.
Alzheimer's and memory care
The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease has no known cure, and treatments of the disease have nominal effects by and large, even including pharmaceutical approaches. Some memory care therapies have been shown to alleviate symptoms of this dementia and can offer brief respites of clarity for patients. This progressive disease robs people of memory and normal cognitive functioning over time (often progressing at different rates for different people). For a closer look at care for other types of dementia, see our page on dementia care options in Toronto.
Why an Alzheimer's care home?
Professional care for seniors with Alzheimer's has progressed immensely over the past few decades, in terms of helping patients and dealing with the effects of the disease. Care homes now offer secure wandering paths, colour-coded hallways, and various dedicated dementia therapies. Homes are well-secured so families can rest assured that their loved one is safe.
Some therapies focus on art, music and other creative pursuits that help sufferers exercise their minds. Snoezelen therapy rooms are available at some care homes, used since the early 1990's and still considered a proper stimulant that can slow the progress of the disease.
Homes also offer a social environment where seniors with Alzheimer's see others around them their own age and feel some assurance from that. Memory care facilities, designed specifically for this purpose, offer an up-to-date environment that protects sufferers.
While home care and family-given care are ideal ways to deal with the disease, especially in its early stages, many families ultimately seek long-term care or an Alzheimer's care home. This care might be part of the continuum of care offered in any of these Toronto retirement facilities, but the care offered is intensive and may include a personal service worker or other professionalized caregiving.
Since a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease is terminal, caregivers might holistically plan ahead and consider homes that have both memory care and palliative care. Homes also offer respite care stays that allow caregivers of dementia sufferers a break from caregiving, as per allowances by the provincially run CCACs.
The costs of memory care in a Toronto retirement home
Memory care is an intensive program of therapy in an environment dedicated to helping Alzheimer's sufferers. Government run long-term care homes may start at about $2800. A suite in a well-appointed care home in a Toronto suburb may start at about $3,900, and will include all the usual retirement amenities (meals, housekeeping, etc.), as well as dedicated care options like transfer assistance, incontinence care and other professionalized care by highly trained staff. Consult the listings for homes on this page to learn more about costs and care offered.
Giving your loved one the best care available is a wonderful way of alleviating the losses associated with Alzheimer's. This also makes it more appealing for family to visit.