Helping primary care to support people with dementia

Care homes

Many people with dementia move into a care home once their dementia progresses to a certain stage. Many people with dementia have other illnesses or disabilities that make it difficult for them to remain at home.

Care homes provide either residential or nursing care. The type of home that the person requires will depend on their general health and care needs. Residential care homes provide help with personal care such as washing, dressing and eating. In some residential care homes staff have had specialist training in dementia care. Nursing homes provide personal care but also have a qualified nurse on duty 24 hours a day. Some homes that are registered for nursing care will accept people with personal care needs who may need nursing care in the future.

Selecting a care home is a very important decision and there are many issues to be considered in order to find the right home. Care homes may be arranged through the local authority but many people will arrange them independently. It is a good idea to visit several homes before making a choice.

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