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Jenny’s story

Read Jenny’s story about her father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, and how she searched for a care home that specialised in dementia care.
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In Jenny’s words…

My father had Alzheimer’s, so we had to choose a home that would take someone with dementia. I have a brother and sister in different parts of the country, and our priority was to find the best home that was near one of us.


The thing that impressed me most with the one we chose was that all the residents were people with dementia. I think this is really, really important because a lot of homes are registered for maybe three or four residents with dementia, and the problem is that those people have different care needs and need to be treated differently.


In those homes, they tend to wander around and might end up in the wrong bed and are generally treated as a nuisance.

Finding the right care options

The manager of the home we chose for my dad made it clear that the home was there for the benefit of the residents – that really stuck in my mind.


She always did an assessment of the patient in their own home. This gave her a much better picture of what sort of person we were talking about. So she came to see Dad, and saw all the books in his house, and got a better idea of what he was like.

Care homes for dementia

In a home that specialises in dementia, the staff build up an expertise in dealing with how their residents behave. They go on courses and have specific training. They aim to take the resident off medication, whereas some homes dose them up to keep them calm. A good home for dementia patients allows them to do what they like, provided it’s not going to cause any harm. Dementia patients walk about a lot, so the home keeps meals warm if they’re outside until they’re ready to come in.

In a home that specialises in dementia, the staff build up an expertise in dealing with how their residents behave.

They let them go out unless it’s pouring down with rain. The home that my father was in has big, safe grounds for the patients to walk in. They let them walk about, even if there is a risk they might fall over – they respect them to make their own choices. The staff just make sure they’ve got a coat on. They work with them rather than against them.”

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Further reading

What is dementia?

We explain how to spot the signs of dementia and the difference between this condition and mild cognitive impairment.

Living well with dementia

Dementia is life changing, but it shouldn’t stop you from living an independent life for as long as possible.

Choosing a care home

How to make a shortlist of suitable care homes, and uncover key information to ensure your needs are met.

Last updated: 07 Jan 2020