Those living with Dementia may live a full and well-supported life at home, however this is dependent on the help that can be provided by family and other carers, which can often feel like a burden for both the individual and their family. As a result, there often comes a time when the decision needs to be made to move the person living with Dementia into a care home, so that they can receive the level of support and medical assistance that they need.
This can be a very difficult decision to make. Often those caring for the individual at home feel that they are failing or letting that person down in some way. If things are getting too much, then one short-term solution can be a respite break in a care home. Here at Cramond Residence, we welcome the opportunity to assist in this way. Respite breaks can really help on their own and, when taken frequently, can lead to a smooth transition into long-term residential care and support.
The decision to move someone living with Dementia into a Care Home on a long-term residential basis should be taken when it’s in the best interests for all the people concerned.
From the individuals’ point of view, this time is often the point at which they can no longer receive the care and support they need at home (even if nurses and other carers are visiting to provide at-home assistance). Obviously, if a person is living independently and has nobody who can help care for them, then they will need to think about moving into a care home at an earlier point than someone who has a good care network to help them.
For those caring for the individual (for example, spouses, friends and family), the ‘right time’ is often the point at which they feel that they cannot provide the level of support required, or when they feel they themselves can no longer cope, or if caring is having an impact on their own health or mental well-being.