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By Contributor
March 6th, 2016

Many Nelson families support a person with dementia at home. And as the disease progresses, many of them will need to consider residential care for their family member.

“It can be an effective option,” says Tara Hildebrand, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Provincial Coordinator, Support & Educational Services.

Residential care does bring challenges, though, and not just for the person with dementia. Caregivers can see their role change during the transition, and will need to learn to work effectively with a care team.

“It’s a process of adjustment,” says Hildebrand.

To help local families with these issues, the Society is offering a free workshop in Nelson on Wednesday, March 30.

The Transition to, and Life In, Residential Care explains how to assess long-term care facilities for placement, and provides strategies for easing the transition of a family member to a care facility. The workshop covers the role of the health authority and their case managers, and working effectively with a care team.

“Participants will learn about the changes to their roles as caregivers that this transition can bring, and how to enhance their visits,” Hildebrand explains.

The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Selkirk College’s 10th Street campus in Room PAT 307, 820 10th Street. Pre-registration is required. For information and to register contact Tara Hildebrand at 1-800-886-6946 or

The workshops are free thanks to partial funding from the Province of BC,
Provincial Employees Community Services Fund, Seacliff Foundation, RBC Foundation, Phyliss & Irving Snider Foundation, Merck Canada, Community Connection Health Foundation, Margaret Rothweiler Charitable Foundation, Cadillac Fairview, Paul Lee Family Foundation, Lohn Foundation, Wheeler Family Foundation, Pfizer Canada Inc., Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation and by the generous contributions of individual donors.

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