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According to the OMA, “Dementia is a debilitating, progressive, and fatal condition that places significant physical, emotional and psychological stress on patients. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for approximately 60%-70% of dementia cases.
The term dementia is used to describe a set of symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by disease and/or other conditions. These symptoms impact a person’s ability to perform everyday activities, and may include memory loss, impaired judgment or reasoning, difficulty processing information or problem-solving, difficulty with planning and execution, challenges understanding or producing language, changes in mood or behaviour, and decreased motor function.
The prevalence of dementia in society is expected to grow significantly over the next several years as the risk for the condition doubles every five years after age 65. By 2020, it’s estimated that approximately 250,000 seniors in Ontario will be living with dementia up from about 200,000 today.
Many individuals living with dementia stay in their homes, often supported by family members. Family caregivers are often older and frail themselves. Thus, the strain of caring for someone with dementia can be overwhelming.”
THIS IS A PERSONAL STORY
So where do these people go? The nursing homes, in a lot of cases won’t accept them because of the problems that might occur. They don’t receive the proper care at home, they sometimes are a danger to themselves and their caregivers, and there is no room at the hospitals because of cuts in funding and staff.
So what do we do? Sit at home crying at the sight of a loved one deteriorating to the point of becoming a vegetable? You don’t know what to do, there is no one there to help or guide you as to what your next move should be.
The doctors and the hospital workers that deal with this already have stated that the person can’t go back to the retirement home and they suggest that they go to the nursing home. But the nursing homes already have refused to take the person in. The question, again, is “Where do they go? I’m at a loss. What can I do?”
Please, someone help.