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Providing Care for Someone with Dementia

What to Expect

  • Tips for Family and Care Partners:

    Washingtonians Debbie, Juanita and Les, care partners of loved ones with dementia, share challenges and strategies to help their loved one and themselves.

  • Behavioral Tips

    As Alzheimer's and other dementias progress, behaviors change. Learn More

    You are not alone

    • Support groups provide emotional and practical support to family members and friends whose loved one has Alzheimer's. Several organizations provide local caregiver support groups.
    • The Alzheimer's Association hosts support groups for people in the early stages of Alzheimer's, as well as for caregivers.
    • The national Alzheimer's Association offers a telephone support group from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time the first Monday of every month. Call 1-800-272-3900 for information.
    • Visit the Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Center
    • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides local services for veterans with Alzheimer's and their families.
    • Learn about Washington's Family Caregiver Support Program
  • Communication Tips

    When people have Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, their ability to communicate gradually declines. Communicating requires patience, understanding and good listening skills. Click here to:

    • Learn more about changes in communication
    • Learn more about communication in the early stage
    • Learn more about communication in the middle stage
    • Learn more about communication in the late stage
    • Download the Brochure

Washington’s Community Living Connections staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.

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The Dementia Road Map: A Guide for Family and Caregivers offers guidance about what to do when a person experiences changes in memory and thinking, and offers information and tips about what to expect and steps to take if someone in your family has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Read it online in English or in Spanish. Or, order paper copies, click here for ordering instructions.

  • Caregiver Stress:

    Caregivers of persons with dementia and Alzheimer's frequently report experiencing high levels of stress. It can be overwhelming to take care of a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia, but too much stress can be harmful to both of you. Read on to learn symptoms and ways to avoid burnouts.

How do I Help?

  • What is a Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program?

    The Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman advocates for residents of nursing homes, adult family homes, and assisted living facilities. Its purpose is to protect and promote the Resident Rights guaranteed these residents under Federal and State law and regulations. Learn more...

Care Options

  • In-home Care

    In-home care includes a wide range of services to help a person with Alzheimer's or another dementia stay at home. It also can help caregivers.

    In-home Care Resources:
  • Adult Day Services

    Adult day centers and Adult Day Health offer social and safe activities for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

  • Residential Care Settings

    Does the person with Alzheimer's or another dementia prefer a communal-living environment? Or does the person need more care than he or she can get at home? If so, a residential care setting may be the best option. Different types provide different levels of care.

Connect with Your Local LTC Ombudsman
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