Mental Health 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.

Tools for Seniors and Families:

Mental Health in Long Term Care (Available in English, French, Punjabi, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese)

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Tools for Clinicians:

National Guidelines for Seniors’ Mental Health
  • The Assessment and Treatment of Mental Health Issues in Long-Term Care (Focus on Mood and Behaviour) – 2014 Update
  • The Assessment and Treatment of Mental Health Issues in Long-Term Care (Focus on Mood and Behaviour) – 2006
  • Clinician’s Pocket Card
  • Tool on the Assessment and Treatment of Behavioural Symptoms of Older Adults Living in Long-Term Care Facilities
  • [updated October 13, 2017]