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When Should I Think About Moving Into A Care Home?

Everyone’s needs are different as they get older, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to when  moving into a care home is the right decision. If you’re struggling to manage independently, that’s usually a good sign that residential care could be a sensible next step. There are other factors that might influence your decision too, such as:

  • If you’ve recently had a fall
  • If family members are worried about you being at home alone
  • If it’s becoming more difficult to prepare meals for yourself
  • If you’re finding it increasingly difficult to manage the stairs or to move around your home with ease
  • If you’ve found yourself losing a lot of weight
  • If you’re worried about being safe and secure at home
  • If you or a family member is concerned about you experiencing memory loss
  • If you feel as though you’re spending too much time alone

If you relate to any of these points, moving into a residential care home may be the right decision for you. You might also be thinking about your options if you have recently had an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis. Asking caregivers and healthcare professionals when should someone with dementia go into a care home, is a logical first step but, again, this will be a personal decision that you and your loved ones can decide together when the time feels right.

When Is Nursing Home Care Necessary?

Residential care is the first choice for those who still have a good level of independence but need some help with personal care. Nursing care is accessed by residents who need more consistent support with their healthcare. Trained nursing staff are on hand day and night to administer medication and manage any ongoing health concerns. Nursing home care is therefore necessary for seniors who require round-the-clock medical attention.  

Nursing care can be accessed at New Care homes either via temporary respite care or through full-time residential care. An assessment will show whether moving into a care home is the right choice for you, and you can make an enquiry at any time without being obliged to make a decision. Either way, taking the time to find out more about our nursing homes can be reassuring for you and your family.

When Should Someone With Dementia Go Into A Care Home?

There is no right or wrong time for moving into a care home with dementia. The decision can come down to personal circumstances, such as having children who are able to care for elderly parents for an extended period of time. 

It does, however, help to have some idea of what to look out for when answering the question of when should someone with dementia go into a care home. Someone living with dementia may make the choice ahead of time, or arrange a power of attorney so that someone can make it for them. Equally, loved ones caring for those living with dementia sometimes reach a point where they can no longer provide the level of care needed. 

Dementia is a condition that can progress rapidly, so the need for a care home can quickly follow a diagnosis. As dementia symptoms progress, they can affect a person’s ability to carry out everyday tasks, which can compromise their safety. This is when moving into a care home with dementia facilities can feel like the next best step. 

As well as asking when should someone with dementia go into a care home, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons, and think about the care home itself. Dementia UK has a checklist of things to think about for anyone moving into a care home with dementia, or acting on behalf of a loved one or parent. 

Moving Into A New Care Home 

At New Care, our care home staff are trained to provide dementia care, and our homes are set up as dementia communities to care for the needs of residents experiencing memory loss. Our interiors are thoughtfully planned out for independent living where possible, and our staff receive ongoing training to stay up to date with improvements in dementia care. Our restaurants serve a wide range of meals to cater for dietary changes, and our wellbeing programme takes into account the needs of every resident. 

Moving into a care home with dementia care services is an important decision and can be a challenging time. This is why, when you contact us, we would love to answer all of your questions about our dementia care provision and show you around our homes to make sure you get the right fit.