The different types of dementia care

May 17, 2022 Dementia Care

The different types of dementia care

Did you know that someone is diagnosed with dementia every 3 seconds worldwide? In the UK, there are almost 1 million people with dementia; but they will all be at very different stages, with different types of dementia.

Because we are all different, and dementia is such a wide-ranging disease, knowing which kind of care your loved one needs can be tricky. Luckily, there are many different types of dementia care available to you.
In this guide we are going to cover the four most common types of care offered, what they broadly include and their benefits/pitfalls. We will start with the first step in care, which is home care (also known as in-home care).

In-home care for dementia

This is often the first port of call when looking for additional help with dementia care. Home care is akin to a regular check-in with a qualified carer or nurse. This is most helpful in the initial stages of dementia, where your loved ones are still mostly independent. However, they may still need a regular check-up to ensure they are not struggling with anything. Care is commonly given by a loved one at this stage, with intermittent help from professionals.

The benefits of in-home care

  • Clinical expertise and advice
  • Personalised activities
  • Medication management

The downsides of in-home care

  • Less frequent than other services
  • Reliance on loved ones between visits
  • Patients may still feel lonely/vulnerable

Live-in care for dementia

At this stage your loved one’s dementia is more advanced but can still be managed at home with additional support. This type of care offers you the ability to have a professional caring for your loved one for longer periods of time (such as overnight). Carers can be present from any time, up to 24 hours a day. This is often the next option for those who cannot personally care for their loved ones long-term and/or have other commitments.

The benefits of live-in care

  • Can remain in your own home
  • More personalised care
  • Up to 24-hour care and support

The downsides of live-in care

  • Higher costs associated
  • Requires accommodation for carers
  • Carers may change frequently

Nursing home care for dementia

This type of dementia care is often chosen for those who are in the later stages of the disease. Patients are usually dependent on others to complete everyday tasks for them (such as dressing and eating). This often a popular choice for those who want more personal, one to one care given to their loved ones in their absence. It also does not require the patient to leave their home, as the medical professionals will come to them. This is often more suitable than a care home.

The benefits of nursing care

  • Nurses alongside qualified carers
  • 24-hour supervision and care
  • Assistance with all daily activities

The downsides of nursing care

  • Much higher costs associated
  • May be overwhelming for the patient
  • Very much a long-term commitment

Care homes for dementia

Very often, this is a last resort for families, which is completely understandable. Also referred to as “nursing homes”, this type of dementia care requires the patient to move into a secure medical facility, where they can be continually monitored and looked after by highly trained professionals. When should someone with dementia go into a care home? Usually when the patient is in the final stages of dementia or when they are a danger to themselves or others.

Benefits for dementia patients in care homes

  • Patients have the highest level of safety
  • Specialists on hand to help 24-7
  • More chance for social interaction

The downside to care homes

  • Most expensive option available
  • Loss of home, privacy and independence
  • Limited choice and likely to move homes more than once

How can Cavendish Homecare help?

We understand that this can all be a little overwhelming for families, but it can also be a relief to know that there are several options available to you. Care provided is based on a variety of different factors. From a purely medical perspective down to the personal preferences of the individual. All factors are taken into account when accessing the patient’s needs.

If you’re still unsure of which type of dementia care is best for your loved one, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our Nurse Managers are here to talk you through the process and ensure you get the best services for you. We work closely with our clients to ensure they are involved every step of the way. Nobody knows your loved one better than you.

You can use our online contact form, email us directly at or call us on 020 3008 5210. Alternatively, you can learn more about us, meet the Cavendish team, browse our Frequently Asked Questions or view our range of case studies from some very appreciative customers.

About the Author…

Misha Zemkova

Operations Assistant

As a volunteer at North London Action for the Homeless, Misha stands out for her exceptional ability to connect with people through active listening and meaningful dialogue. With seven years of invaluable experience as a Team Leader and Key Worker for adults with diverse learning disabilities, including cerebral palsy, dementia, Down syndrome, and brain injuries, Misha brings extensive experience and a deep understanding of caring for individuals with unique needs.

Now a pivotal member of the operations team at Cavendish Homecare, Misha actively supports Nurse Managers and the Bookings team in delivering high-quality care. She has demonstrated outstanding commitment to supporting charity partner Cruse Bereavement through events such as the Virtual TCS London Marathon and Light up the Night.

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