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What Are The Benefits of Residential Dementia Care?

April 10th, 2024

Residential dementia care comes with many benefits for those living with dementia. These benefits also extend to anyone supporting those living with dementia. Dementia can be a debilitating illness and its progressive nature means that care needs will change over time. At the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia, choosing home care might be the best option, but there will likely come a time when you start to think about alternatives. This guide will explain the benefits for dementia patients in care homes to help you decide if residential dementia care is right for your family.  

Home Care vs Residential Dementia Care

Home care can be rewarding for both the carer and the person being cared for. In its early stages, dementia may be manageable at home. This could mean looking after a parent in your home or having a carer take care of them in their home. Home care ensures that those living with dementia have familiar surroundings and routines and allows family members and loved ones to remain involved in the care given. 

Home care can initially be more cost effective when weighed up against the cost of care homes. However, as dementia progresses, changes and adaptations may need to be made to the home, such as moving bedrooms downstairs or installing handrails, which can be a hidden cost when caring for loved ones at home.

Residential dementia care takes away the burden from loved ones and provides specialised dementia care in a secure environment. Those living with dementia in care homes are looked after by trained staff, and have an individual care plan that details their medical history, personal preferences and current methods of treatment. 

Family members caring for loved ones with dementia might consider respite care in the first instance. This can offer home carers a much-needed break and vital support in the short term, and may even help with the transition to long-term residential dementia care in the future.

When Should Someone With Dementia Go Into A Care Home?

two hands across a table talking about when should someone with dementia go into a care home

There is no right or wrong answer to ‘when should someone with dementia go into a care home?’ It’s a very personal decision that depends on individual circumstances. If the person with dementia is still able to, then they may make this decision themselves. However, if they are not able to do so, then a family member or someone with a power of attorney might have to make it for them. Some of the possible signs that someone is ready to move into a residential dementia care home include:

  • Concerns About Safety – if you’re worried about an elderly person being able to look after themselves, then it could signal that they’re ready to move into a care home
  • Deterioration – as dementia progresses, there will likely be a decline in a person’s health and their ability to perform everyday tasks. This could include knowing when to take medication, which could obviously be dangerous 
  • Changes In Behaviour – aggressive or difficult behaviour can be a symptom of dementia. In care homes, staff are trained to manage these kinds of challenges
  • Isolation – social interaction is important for everyone, and if a person is not stimulated or adequate supervision isn’t available, this can be detrimental to their health and wellbeing
  • Exhaustion – sometimes people opt for residential dementia care because they can no longer manage their loved ones needs by themselves and a care home can provide a better standard of consistent care

Benefits For Dementia Patients In Care Homes

senior person reading in a residential dementia care home

Security

Residential dementia care homes put the needs of residents at the forefront of everything. This means well-planned interiors and facilities that provide a safe and secure environment. The facilities are designed to prevent wandering and ensure the safety of residents, while still allowing for independence where possible. 

Round-The-Clock Care

One of the key benefits for dementia patients in care homes is the on-site access to round-the-clock care and support. Trained and experienced staff ensure that residents receive help with daily tasks, personal care and medication management at all times. Medical needs are also tended to 24 hours a day if necessary.

Social Interaction 

Residential dementia care homes have large communal areas to encourage residents to socialise and interact. They also have activities running throughout the day, and may even organise excursions. This helps to reduce feelings of isolation and boredom, which can often happen if someone is living with dementia.

Nutritious Meals

Dementia can result in eating problems, which can be difficult to navigate. Those living with dementia in care homes have restaurants and dining options available that cater for all dietary requirements

Peace of Mind 

Looking after a loved one living with dementia can lead to overwhelm and exhaustion. Residential dementia care can provide much-needed peace of mind for family caregivers. It can also be one of the benefits for dementia patients in care homes, who want to give their loved ones some respite from any caregiving responsibilities.

Cleanliness and Comfort

Staff who look after people with dementia in care homes, will tend to their personal care, such as washing and dressing. Rooms are also cleaned regularly and laundry is taken care of. Some care homes have nail bars or hair salons available as part of the living experience, which can enhance self-esteem and wellbeing for residents living with dementia. 

Medication Management

Individuals living with dementia often require assistance with medication management. Residential dementia care homes have staff who are responsible for ensuring that residents take their medications as prescribed. They adhere to tailored care plans, make sure any changes in medication are closely monitored, and may also liaise with other medical professionals.

Privacy

Those receiving support for dementia in care homes are given their own private bedroom with an ensuite shower room. They are able to make this space their own and personalise it as they wish.  

Activities 

Residential dementia care homes have a number of activities that are centred around the needs of those living with dementia. At New Care Homes for example, we have magic tables that use interactive light displays for sensory experiences. These tables are engaging, calming and relaxing to provide stimulation and improve overall well being.  

Residential Dementia Care At New Care Homes 

New Care Homes offer residential dementia care in many of our locations across the UK, including Cheshire, Manchester and Nottingham. We have dedicated care services and qualified staff to support those living with dementia. Contact us to find out more about our dementia care provision or to arrange a visit.