Baluchon Alzheimer: an idea developed in Canada and spreading throughout Europe

AGE Platform informs about this Good Practice on health issues

Usually families prefer to care for Alzheimer sufferers at home for as long as possible. A range of services giving carers a break, such as day-care centres or a few hours respite care, have been in existence for some years. But when carers need a few days physical and mental rest, the only service on offer is temporary shelter, usually offered by long-term care centres, but this is a very stressful solution for Alzheimer sufferers. This provided the impetus behind the creation of the Baluchon initiative, intended to provide the patient’s relatives with a complete break for a week or two without having to move their relative out of his or her home. A trained volunteer comes to the home to care for the patient while the family is away

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