How to Choose a Care Home for Your Loved One Living with Dementia

Choosing a care home for a loved one can be a challenging and emotional decision, especially when they are living with dementia. Dementia can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to live independently, and it’s crucial to find a care home that can provide the appropriate level of care and support. In this blog, we will explore some essential factors to consider when choosing a care home for your loved one with dementia.
Understand the Different Types of Care Homes.


Before choosing a care home, it’s essential to understand the different types of care homes available. This includes residential care homes, nursing homes, and specialist dementia care homes.

Residential care homes provide personal care, assistance with daily living activities, and social activities. They will also be able to provide support with medication and support with managing less-complex needs. Any nursing needs will often be supported by district nurses from the local NHS community health teams.

Nursing homes provide more extensive care, generally with a nurse onsite 24 hours a day. They will also offer specialised support for individuals with more complex health needs.

Specialist dementia care homes are specifically designed for individuals with dementia, providing a safe and supportive environment with specialised dementia care services.

At Boutique Care Homes we provide both residential care and specialist dementia care.

Consider the Care Home’s Environment.


The environment of a care home can significantly impact a person living with dementia. It’s essential to choose a care home that has a safe, secure, and dementia-friendly environment. This includes well-lit corridors, clear signage, and easy access to outdoor spaces.

A care home with a homely and welcoming atmosphere, such as a care home by Boutique Care Homes can help your loved one feel more comfortable and at ease.

A purpose-built care home can also offer many benefits for individuals with dementia, including specialised facilities such as Chartwell House’s indoor garden. These homes are designed to create a safe and supportive environment that promotes independence, social interaction, and overall well-being.

Purpose-built care homes often have features like dementia-friendly layouts, secure outdoor spaces, and specialized activities and programs designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with dementia.

Look at the Team and Training.


The team at a care home play a vital role in providing quality care and support to residents. It’s essential to consider the team levels and the training that team receives, particularly when it comes to dementia care.

Team should have the necessary skills and experience to provide specialised dementia care and support. They should also be compassionate, patient, and respectful towards residents.

Check the Care Home’s Activities and Services.


Keeping engaged and active is essential for individuals with dementia. It’s essential to look at the care home’s activities and services, including social activities, exercise programs, and therapies. A care home that provides tailored activities and services for individuals with dementia, such as a care home by Boutique Care Homes, can help improve their quality of life and well-being.

Research the Care Home’s Reputation and Ratings.


Researching a care home’s reputation and ratings is essential when choosing a care home for a loved one with dementia. You can look at the care home’s inspection report and ratings from the CQC, talk to other residents and their families, and read reviews online at or Google Reviews.

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This can give you an idea of the quality of care and support provided by the care home.

Choosing a care home for a loved one with dementia is an important decision that requires careful consideration. It’s crucial to choose a care home that provides the appropriate level of care and support for your loved one’s needs.

Understanding the different types of care homes, considering the environment, team levels, training, activities and researching the care home’s reputation and ratings can help you make an informed decision.

For more information on dementia care and choosing a care home, please contact Boutique Care Homes.