A person with dementia will need more support and care as their symptoms progress. Here you can compare dementia care homes using our care finder: filter by your location, cost of dementia care and many more.
Dementia care involves round-the-clock support for someone with dementia. Many care homes across the UK offer specialist dementia care - dementia can affect people in different ways, so any care will be tailored to their unique needs.
Any care homes with this type of care offer a dementia-friendly environment, ensuring your loved one feels safe, at-ease and content.
The early signs of dementia are very subtle and may not be immediately obvious. Symptoms will vary for everyone, however if you notice your loved one is struggling with their memory, is unable to concentrate and their personality or behaviour changes, talk to a doctor. They may carry out a dementia assessment to diagnose this condition.
The cost of dementia care homes will vary and depend on where you live and the type of care home you choose. In comparison to residential and nursing care homes, the cost of dementia care will be higher, as your loved one will need 27-hour specialist dementia support. As a general guide, the cost of dementia care each year can vary between £30,000 and £80,000.
Dementia is a general term that affects your memory, social abilities and thinking. There are lots of types of progressive dementia, including:
Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. It can seriously impact a person’s ability to carry out day-to-day activities, and the most common symptoms include memory loss, decreased judgement and changes in mood, personality and behaviour.
There are a range of Alzheimer’s specialist care homes located across the United Kingdom. Our team of care experts will help you find the best care home to suit your loved one’s individual Alzheimer’s care needs.
Vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia and affects around 150,000 people in the UK. Common signs include difficulties with problem solving, slowed thinking and loss of focus.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with vascular dementia, opening up and talking about it together can ease any worries and fears you’re both experiencing.
Someone who has lewy body dementia may experience hallucinations, problems with understanding (like Alzheimer’s), confusion and unsteadiness. These symptoms can make daily activities difficult to carry out.
Try to talk to your loved one about their preferences for a dementia care home, as it can help you find the right home for their needs.
Everyone experiences dementia differently and symptoms worsen over time, and often someone with dementia will need round-the-clock support and care. You may be able to support your loved one at home and create a safe environment for them, and they can continue living at home for several years.
There will come a time when your loved one will need full-time support, so a dementia care home may be the best option for them. Deciding that someone needs to move into a care home is often a tough decision, but look for issues with mobility, any wandering, and stress (both for the caregiver and your loved one).
A dementia care plan is a useful document created by those closest to someone with dementia to ease them into their new care home surroundings. Try to include detailed descriptions of their mobility, eating patterns, typical behaviour and support needs.
A dementia plan should also include a more personal account of who your loved one is, including their interests and likes/dislikes.
Caring for someone with dementia can be challenging and stressful, but it can also be very rewarding. Help them with everyday tasks, for instance shopping and gardening. Encourage them to eat a well-balanced diet - full of fresh fruits and vegetables. People with dementia may experience problems with going to the toilet, so keep the toilet door open and look for any signs that they may need to go.