Population aging can entails the transfer of care from the hospital into patient homes. Home care can be an option for patients after hospital stay or as a way to avoid admission altogether. This choice is based upon the desire to remain safely autonomous in a familiar setting for as long as possible, even through illness.
Home care, often given by health professionals such as nurses, and occupational and physical therapists, can also be undertaken by family or professional caregivers, who will accompany patients in their day to day activities and help them groom and feed themselves, clean their home and prepare meals.
With a view to adequately prepare clinicians and family caregivers in their respective home care roles, the Centre of Excellence on Longevity and the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning at McGill University; with the help of Claire Webster, certified counsellor in Alzheimer’s care and founder of Caregiver Crosswalk Inc.; and Olivia Monton, medical student at McGill University; have conceived of a pilot project overseeing the training and support of family caregivers for sufferers of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.