If a person’s dementia means that they need specialist dementia care or support and no longer wish to live independently in their own home, there are lots of different care options available designed to meet their changing needs.

When considering residential care options, it is important to visit a selection of care homes, meet the staff and see if the facilities are appropriate for your loved one. Facilities vary from care home to care home and as a person’s needs may change with time, you will need to feel confident that the home you choose offers the right level of care and support.

Wherever you look, asking about dementia specialists is a good idea. At Anchor, all of our care homes have staff trained to recognise and support the symptoms of dementia. All of our care homes are also supported by a member of our dedicated dementia team who provide on-going dementia training for all staff, as well as specialist information and support to those who work in care homes providing dementia services. Watch our video below to find out more about good dementia care:

It’s a good idea to create a shortlist of potential homes and then arrange to visit one or two with your loved one so you can gauge their initial reaction. Lots of care homes will let you arrange a trial stay which can give a better idea of how they will settle in to the new surroundings. A good place to start when searching for a care home is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website and also the Your Care Rating website.

Care homes

All good care homes should focus on person centred care – where a person is cared for according to their personal interests and abilities. Care homes provide 24-hour care and are most suitable for those who require regular or continual care. Residents have their own bedrooms and bathrooms but also share communal areas within one building. There are different types of care homes offering varying levels of care and specialist support.
Find out more about Anchor’s care homes.

Specialist dementia care homes

Some homes offer specialist dementia care. This usually means that they have specially adapted living environments and can provide specialist care for people living with dementia. Anchor has a number of specialised dementia homes including West Hall in West Byfleet, Godiva Lodge in Coventry and Northbourne in Gateshead. These homes have a range of distinguishing features such as more staff with advanced dementia training and specific dementia-friendly design elements including sensory panels and specially designed outdoor spaces. West Hall is also the first English care home to implement a new care model which empowers its residents to control the choices that impact their everyday lives.
Find out more about our approach to dementia care or you can search for homes offering specialist dementia care in your area.

Respite breaks

Respite breaks are often invaluable both for the person living with dementia as well as their carer. A respite break is a short-term stay in a care home for someone who is usually cared for by a family member or friend at home. Respite breaks not only provide an opportunity for people living with dementia to receive specialist care and familiarise themselves with a care home environment, but can also offer important breaks for those people caring for them at home.

Choosing a care home

For many people choosing a care home is a big decision and it can be difficult to know where to start. Anchor’s free guide to choosing a care home covers many common concerns and highlights things to consider when making your decision.

Download our free full guide to supporting a loved one with dementia (800 KB)