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When Should Someone With Dementia Go Into a Care Home?

March 28th 2024

Providing dementia care at home to a loved one can be a difficult journey. As the condition progresses, a person with dementia will need additional care and often specialised support to cope with daily life. One question that weighs heavy on families and carers is: "When should someone with dementia go into a care home? If you’re supporting a loved one or caring for a parent with dementia at home, deciding when to move them to a specialist care home can be a tough and emotional choice to make. To help empower you to make an informed decision, this article will guide you through the signs that may indicate it may be time to consider the support of a dementia care home.  


How Long Can a Person with Dementia Live at Home?

It depends on the individual and how their dementia is progressing. Many people can live at home for several years with the right support. Dementia care at home can mean having someone to provide live-in dementia care, getting specialist equipment or making modifications to create a dementia-friendly environment. 


When is a Dementia Care Home Needed?

If you are a dementia carer, you may have wondered "When is the right time to consider a dementia care home? A care home might be needed when the dementia symptoms have progressed and it is no longer safe to continue to care at home. Here are some signs that might indicate that it’s time to consider a care home:

Safety Concerns

Is the person with dementia forgetting to turn off the cooker or leaving appliances running unattended?

Are they becoming confused and wandering off, putting themselves at risk of getting lost?

Is there a concern about falls or injuries due to decreased mobility or balance?

If the home environment is no longer safe, despite modifications, a specialist dementia care home with secured exits and trained staff can provide a safer setting.


Inability to Manage Daily Tasks

Is the person struggling with basic tasks like bathing, dressing, or toileting?

Are they neglecting to eat or drink regularly, leading to malnutrition or dehydration?

If they are no longer able to care for themselves safely and require assistance with daily living activities, a care home for dementia can provide the necessary support.


Increased Burden on the Carer

Is the family carer becoming overwhelmed or exhausted trying to meet the person's needs?

Are there health concerns for the carer that make it difficult to continue providing care?

If the caregiving responsibilities are causing significant stress or compromising the carer's well-being, a dedicated dementia care home can offer a much-needed support system.


Challenging Behaviours

Is the person with dementia exhibiting aggression, agitation, or other behavioural changes that are difficult to manage at home?

Do these behaviours pose a safety risk to themselves or others?

Moving into a dementia care home with trained staff experienced in managing challenging behaviours can provide a structured environment that promotes safety and well-being.


What Type Of Care Is Needed For Dementia Patients?

The type of care that people with dementia need will change as their symptoms progress and will vary depending on the stage of the disease.

In the early stages, when memory lapses are mild and daily living skills are mostly intact, having in-home care or attending adult day centres can be helpful. As the symptoms progress, your loved one may require more specific support to keep them safe and ensure a good quality of life. A care home can provide a secure and supportive environment with:

  • 24-hour Care -  Trained staff can manage medication, assist with daily tasks, and address medical needs.
  • Structured Activities -  Social engagement and mentally stimulating activities like music therapy or reminiscence therapy to help maintain cognitive function and well-being.
  • Secure Setting -  Secured exits and supervision minimise wandering risks and ensure safety.


What are Care Homes for Dementia Like?

At Select Healthcare, our care homes for dementia are specially designed to provide a secure and stimulating environment for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related conditions. We have a team of trained healthcare professionals who provide 24-hour care for multiple residents. This level of care includes round-the-clock medical attention, support with daily routines and organised social activities to help keep residents engaged and improve their quality of life. 

Our dementia care home staff also encourage social interaction to avoid isolation, however, residents still have a sense of privacy in their own rooms. 

As people with dementia become more vulnerable, the secure environment can minimise risks like falls or residents wandering off which can give family members peace of mind. 

Select Healthcare’s Specialist Dementia Care Homes

When it is time to choose a dementia care home for your loved one, Select Healthcare can help. For over four decades, our care homes have provided a safe space for people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson’s disease and other variants like vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia and frontotemporal dementia. 

If you would like more information about our dementia care services, contact our team who will be happy to answer your questions.


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