Thursday, May 31, 2018


Dementia patients live longer when families delay putting them in a nursing home, research suggests
McClendon and his colleagues at the University Memory and Aging Center studied 258 people with Alzheimer's who were initially cared for at home and followed them for up to 11 years. During the study, 165 of the patients were placed in nursing homes or assisted-living facilities. Two-thirds of the patients died during the study period. When the researchers compared those institutionalized with those kept at home -- and controlled for the patients' age, gender, decline in mental skills, decline in ability to care for themselves, and increase in behavioral problems -- they found that those institutionalized faced a threefold increase in risk of death.
Long-term-care placement and survival of persons with Alzheimer's disease. - NCBI - NIH

Research has shown the best place for a person with memory loss is in familiar surroundings. We are most comfortable when we are at home. We feel safe, secure and relaxed. This feeling is even more powerful for someone with dementia

Alzheimer's and Dementia Care | Home Instead Senior Care

Keeping it in the family 

So, your loved one has been diagnosed with Dementia. What next?Home help for people diagnosed with dementia | Envigor Home Care

Dementia - support for people who live alone - Better Health Channel

Bring me home from the Nursing Home - Daughterly Care

Research has shown the best place for a person with memory loss is in familiar surroundings. ... people living with dementia to continue to live safely and independently in the familiar surroundings of their own home.
Moving   house is hugely stressful at the best of times, but when you have dementia it can be traumatic

Caring for someone with dementia | healthdirect

Loving Yourself First: Reasons You Need To Support Yourself When Caring For A Dementia Patient - Dementia Talk

Supporting people with dementia and their families and carers -

A home-like environment adds continuity and familiarity to everyday life, encourages continued family involvement and strengthens family and friendship ties (Brawley, 2006). It involves:

  • personal control and decision making
  • individualised care
  • meaningful relationships
  • smaller scale living arrangements
  • greater environmental texture
  • personalisation of care 
  • discrete medical support (Calkins, 2005).