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What You Need to Know About Dementia Care Homes

If you’re considering placing a loved one in a Dementia Care Home, you’ll need to do your research to find a quality facility. Look for good reviews, a high staffing ratio (one caregiver per five residents), and stimulating activities. If you find one of these characteristics, your family member will no longer have to sit at home alone all day.


Activities are a key part of the care plan for residents with dementia. These can range from arts and crafts to musical quizzes and story readings. Music quizzes can trigger memories of a particular era, while musical bingo can help residents remember the names and images of favorite songs. Some residents simply enjoy listening to stories of the past.

While structured group activities rarely work with people with dementia, activities that are age-appropriate and meaningful are an excellent way to keep their minds engaged. For example, a lifelong reader or gardener may find it relaxing to listen to music or watch squirrels. Even a weekly round of golf or a night at the bowling alley may be meaningful and enjoyable, as long as the individual can perform the activity without help.

Conflict between residents

Injurious interactions among residents of dementia care homes are on the rise. According to a recent study, the rate of incidents in these homes is three times higher than in other nursing facilities. Conflicts occur when residents cannot meet their medical or emotional needs and reach a breaking point. Nearly half of the incidents result in a fatality.

Behavioral issues may also contribute to conflict. For example, some residents may act aggressively toward other residents, especially if they can’t communicate verbally. While this type of behavior may be an obvious sign of dementia, many causes of aggressive behavior exist. These can range from underlying medical conditions to social problems.

Activity provision

Activity provision in dementia care homes can support residents to maintain their sense of purpose and maintain their abilities. Activities can be planned and implemented to meet the specific needs of each service user, and can involve a variety of methods. Day and home care workers can be employed to provide these services. A family member or friend can also play a vital role.

During the day, activity coordinators begin the day’s programme after residents have eaten breakfast and are checked on their participation. They should start the programme with activities that require concentration, such as crafts or art projects. Activity coordinators should try to ensure that the activities they plan accommodate a variety of abilities and enlist the residents’ help.

Age of residents

The age of residents of dementia care homes was surveyed in a recent study. Residents were 81.5 years old on average. They were predominantly white and female. Most had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The median number of years the residents had been experiencing symptoms was eight years, and their average SIRS score was eleven.

The study also found that the residents’ mood was a significant predictor of their overall quality of life. Therefore, it is necessary for staff to pay particular attention to residents’ mood, as it is likely to affect their quality of life.

Quality of care

Quality of care in dementia care homes can be measured by looking at the number and frequency of specific processes that improve patient wellbeing and safety. The UCLA ADC program, which serves community-dwelling adults with dementia, measures the percentage of care that reflects recommended care for 17 quality indicators. The QIs are based on notes taken by the care manager and collected over a three-month period.

The data collected included notes from the dementia care managers, which included notes from the initial assessment of the patient, follow-up visits, goals of care notes, and correspondence with the referring physician. Data were also collected from medical records, which were abstracted by six physicians. The medical students received training from an experienced nurse abstractor, and two study investigators provided consultation to help them complete the abstracts.