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Transition to Institutionalized Care

A large number of people with dementia are cared for at home initially; however, as the disease progresses it may be overwhelming to meet the demands of care despite the help of community support services and support groups and alternate options may need to be considered.  Possibilities include: respite care, group homes, retirement homes or long term care in nursing homes.

The decision to place a loved one usually occurs approximately 7 years into the course of the disease and can be a difficult one, often filled with anguish, self doubt and guilt.[6]  Women may be at higher risk for these feelings as they are traditionally seen by society as caregivers and will delay placement of a family member even at the expense of their own health and well being.[6]

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6. Mendez MF, Cummings JL. Dementia: a clinical approach. 3rd ed. Philadelphia (PA): Elsevir Inc; 2003.

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