After a loved one has received a diagnosis of dementia, you need to consider what to do next.
Certainly, to begin with, you may feel you can offer the care that’s needed at home. And you may have been caring for someone for some time already.
But, as the disease progresses, those affected by dementia are likely to need more support and reassurance and there may come a time when they require the level of care and supervision that can only be provided at specialist, supervised residential facilities.
Patients might forget the faces of spouses, family and friends – they may even feel lost and possibly frightened in their own homes. As well as memory loss, symptoms may include confusion and mood swings. Simple tasks such as eating, getting dressed or taking a shower or bath can become extremely challenging and frustrating. The physical and emotional strain of coping may not be good for you or for the person you are caring for.
Even so, for many people, taking the decision to move a loved one into a residential care facility is far from easy. But most people with dementia will inevitably reach a point when they will be safer and more comfortable living somewhere that can provide personal and health care in a dedicated setting – the opportunity for activities and companionship could improve their quality of life.
Asking yourself some of the questions below may help you decide if residential care is the best option in your situation:
We are always happy to discuss your individual circumstances and offer you the best advice we can for you and your loved ones.
“I wish to thank you for the superb level of care you provided to K---- during her time at Lynhales (some 11 years). As a former nurse, I’m sure she would have appreciated it."—
“I wanted you to know how much I appreciated the Support Group Meeting on Saturday. It was very well attended and I met a number of new family members, all of whom seemed to take a great deal from the experience.—
“We are very pleased with the care that Dad receives at Lynhales – we feel he could not be in a better place. We know he is well cared for and, above all, safe."—
“I wish to thank you for the superb level of care you provided to K---- during her time at Lynhales (some 11 years). As a former nurse, I’m sure she would have appreciated it. Whenever I have visited Lynhales—
“We can’t find enough words to thank you all for everything that you did for Dad. To say it is greatly appreciated is a massive understatement and we hope that you know that we appreciated every gesture.”—
Dear Sister Dora and all the staff. Please would you accept our thanks for all the care and attention you so warmly gave to my Mother in the last few months of her life whilst in your lovely Home and this is more.—
"... a big thank you to everyone to show how very grateful we are for the love and care shown to Dad in his last few years here at Lynhales. We could not be more grateful and pleased with how he was cared for."—
"I would like to thank you all for your kindness and cheerfulness, and for looking after both my Mother and her visitors so well. It was really like a home from home."—
"We wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you did to take care of Mum. She always looked lovely and seemed content in her world. We couldn't have asked for more. Please pass on our thanks to the team.”—
“We appreciate all your care and the way you treat our father with such dignity and kindness. Please thank all of your staff.”—
“Just a short note to thank you all for taking care of T---- with such kindness and compassion during his final weeks, and also for the welcome we always received when visiting.”—