The housing situation of a person with dementia is also an important factor to consider. It is likely that the requirements of the home environment will change when an individual is diagnosed with dementia. This can sometimes be difficult to plan for, as it is not always possible to predict how to facilitate a person’s requirements at the beginning of the dementia journey. Therefore, it is important to communicate with the person who has dementia and try to highlight the aspects of the home environment that are most important. This will make it easier to gauge which housing options suit the person and allow an understanding of what makes them feel comfortable.
There are a wide range of housing options available, many with individual qualities that have been tailored to suit the needs of specific people. This includes housing with minimal supervision, in the hope of providing their residents with the autonomy to continue to be self-sufficient whilst also being able to remain close and provide assistance when needed. There is also housing available that provides extra care to the person, which includes housing management support, emergency call systems, meals, community activities and domestic support.
Before a housing option is chosen, it is important to consider the condition of the person with dementia and how they are developing through the process, as this should be a deciding factor in regard to which housing is selected. Although the person with dementia may feel healthy and opt for the most autonomous housing, if their condition changes for the worse they may need to be relocated to a more supervised establishment could be distressing. This is an important consideration and can sometimes be a difficult concept to discuss with a person with dementia. When doing so, try to make them feel as secure and comfortable as possible