Mental Health Long-Term Care

Clinical Guidelines


Discover the guidelines on mental health in long-term care for older adults.

For Health Care Professionals

Find clinical tools and resources to support your patient or client.

For Older Adults & Care Partners

Explore ways to support mental health and well-being for yourself and loved ones.

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Older Adults & Mental Health in Long-Term Care

In Canada, long term care (LTC) is required for seniors who need 24-hour nursing care and support. Mental health issues are common among seniors in LTC.

Transitioning from independent living to a long-term care facility can be very difficult for older adults.  More than two in five Canadian seniors living in LTC are diagnosed with or have symptoms of depression (CIHI, 2010).

The number of seniors living in long-term care (LTC) will quadruple in Canada by 2031.

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