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Posted on: 24.05.2021

When Should Someone With Dementia Go into a Care Home?

Making the decision to place one of your loved ones into a care home is a difficult one, and we understand that. That’s why we’ve put together the following guide to help you navigate such a tough time in your life. From what signs to look out for, to what types of care are on offer, we’ll try and answer each of your questions in our guide.

When is the Right Time For a Care Home?

If your loved one is living with dementia, there is a point at which a care home may be the right thing to do. However, this decision comes with an array of emotions, preferences and questions. Here at Lovett Care, we understand that and work hard to provide the best advice possible to help with such a tricky decision. From our experience, most of our residents join our homes following a noticeable deterioration in their condition. This can often happen suddenly, almost forcing your hand to look for some form of residential care. However, not all cases are like this. You may feel as though your loved one is starting to show signs of slower deterioration and be worried as to when a care home will need to be called upon. Often, if you’re the one looking into making the decision, it’s because your loved one can no longer make this decision for themselves.

When making the decision, it’s important to recognise that it’s in the best interests of your loved one. For example, you may have been previously caring for this person, but you can no longer cope. If this is the case, there is no shame in asking for help. You don’t necessarily have to fully relinquish your caregiving duties either, as a short-term break like respite care can give you the rest that you need to continue providing your loved one with the best service.

What are the Benefits of Dementia Care?

Whilst this decision can be incredibly difficult to make, it does come with a wide array of benefits to both you and your loved one. Your loved one will have access to appropriately trained staff, who have been prepared by our company’s dementia lead. A huge benefit of a care home, is that your loved one will have the opportunity to socialise with the staff and other residents. Our workers also use a variety of different methods to help residents to feel comfortable and engaged.

A good example of this is our commitment to reminiscence. This is all about sharing and reflecting on memories from the past. This is more and more common in dementia and memory care as it helps our residents to recall memories that they look back on fondly. This can be anything as small as introducing a picture and childhood food to the screening of an old film, documentary or even a football match. The main benefit of being in a care home is that your loved one will have 24-hour care to ensure that they are safe, comfortable and engaged in a friendly community.

Where is Dementia Care Available in Staffordshire and Cheshire?

Each of our five care homes across Staffordshire, Cheshire and the Wirral offer specialist dementia care of the highest standard. Each of our homes are filled with compassionate and caring staff that are committed to making the transition as easy as possible for you and your loved one. Not only that, but they each all boast a variety of different facilities and features:

Twyford House

Twyford House is the latest addition to the Lovett Care group, boasting second-to-none amenities and a strong community spirit. Not only will your loved one have access to our diverse social events and activities, but they will also be able to take advantage of our beauty clinic, terrace bar and gin lounge.

Hilton House

Boasting 1.1 acres of stunning gardens and grounds, this house is fantastic if your loved one loves exploring outdoors. Thanks to the secluded courtyard garden, there are plenty of safe and peaceful outdoor spaces.

Charlotte House

Charlotte House is all about providing your loved one with community spirit and laughter. Thanks to our state of the art shared spaces, we have been able to create a vibrant, social atmosphere that we would love your loved one to be a part of.

Regency Care Centre

Acquired as recently as 2020, this purpose built care home has plenty to offer. From its landscaped gardens open for residents to explore, to 60 impressive ensuite bedrooms, your loved one is sure to settle in quickly.

Dementia Care in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Manchester

If you feel as though dementia care may benefit your loved one, please contact us. Our team is here to discuss your concerns and queries so that you feel fully confident in your decision. We would be happy to give you a tour of each of our homes to make the transition easier and work out the best possible individual care plan, bespoke tailored to your loved one’s needs.

Here at Lovett Care, we firmly believe that our residents should be treated with dignity and respect in everything that we do. Therefore, you can feel confident that your loved one will be given everything they need to thrive as best they can.