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Webinar for Cowichan residents looks at changes when transitioning to long-term care

Establishing a new routine may prove just as difficult
A webinar Feb. 22, 2023, will look at the changes when transitioning to long term care for both the senior and the caregiver. (Metro Creative Services photo)

Moving into a care home in the Cowichan and Chemainus valleys can be a challenging adjustment for someone living with dementia. The adjustment can take weeks or even months and often entails a lot of anxiety.

The same is true for the person caring for them. While caregivers may experience a variety of emotions, establishing a new routine may prove just as difficult.

To help things go smoothly during the first few weeks after the move, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. has a few tips for Valley caregivers:

• Reassure the person who just moved to the care home by telling them how much their friends and family care.

• Familiarize yourself with the care home and get to know the staff, management, residents and other caregivers.

• Consider joining the person for a few meals in the dining room with other residents, so that they can get used to the new surroundings and meet other residents.

• Help with tasks such as mealtimes and personal grooming. Before taking on a particular role, discuss it with the care team.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers a free webinar providing practical tips for adjusting to the transition as a caregiver. It takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.

It will also explore more tips for enhancing care home visits, working with a care team and acting as an advocate for quality dementia care. Register for the webinar at