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Dementia care homes

Dementia care homes play a very important role in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the UK. The Alzheimer’s Society states that of the 750,000 people with dementia, one third are living in care homes.

People with dementia may not have complex physical health needs requiring nursing care, but they do require specialist understanding of the condition and its effects.

A care home must be registered as providing dementia care under the EMI category. But even within this category there is widespread variation. Most care homes will manage well with individuals who have less advanced dementia, who require assistance with eating and daily living. People who are prone to wandering or aggression will need a home with a staff to resident ratios ensuring they are safe and well cared for.

Organising dementia care can be a confusing and daunting task but we can help.

Detailed discussion of needs

It is very important that you have a full and detailed discussion with the home manager about all aspects of your relative’s behaviour and needs. Care home placements for people with dementia can break down which is distressing for the individual and their family. It is therefore vital that individual needs are fully understood and explored before committing to a placement.

Furthermore, mental and physical requirements WILL change over time, so ongoing monitoring and discussion are critical.

Planning ahead after a diagnosis

If dementia develops later in life, during eighties and nineties and if an individual is already settled in a care home, staff can normally manage behaviour well and address individual needs and will do all they can to ensure the individual can stay within their care home.

How well care homes are able to manage with people who have dementia will also depend upon the mixture of residents they have. For example, if a care home already has several people who are prone to wandering, they may not be able to accept new residents with dementia which manifests in that form.

For more information about dementia care homes and the needs of your relative please contact us and we can arrange for an adviser to carry out a full individual assessment.

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