How long do dementia patients live in care homes?
Individuals who have received a dementia diagnosis can stay in care homes which meet their specific dementia care needs for as long as is right for them.
Every person living with dementia will experience different symptoms, and will therefore need different types, levels and lengths of care. Regular dementia day care visits may suit one person, another might benefit from short respite breaks in a care home for dementia, and another might wish move into a specialist dementia care home as a permanent resident.
At the heart of this decision is person-centred dementia care. In essence, this means considering the individual as a person, and looking at the dementia care and support that they need to live well with their condition. In addition to managing their dementia symptoms, person-centred care enables the individual to retain existing hobbies and interests, stay physically and mentally active, and supports their wellbeing as well as their physical health.
At our specialist dementia care homes in Somerset, individuals receive tailored dementia care in a safe, supportive and stimulating environment. The dementia care services we provide are centred around our unique PETALS approach to dementia care, which we have developed following decades of dementia research with our university partners in Exeter and Bradford.
PETALS stands for:
- Life History
We listen to our residents, day care and respite visitors – and their loved ones – to understand what matters to them. By doing this, our specialist dementia care teams can help each individual to live a full and fulfilling life, meeting their dementia care needs and enabling them to remain as independent as possible.
Find out more about our specialist dementia care homes, and the dementia care services we can to offer to meet each individual’s particular needs.