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Why our home is needed

courtesy of YoungDementia UK

Most people want to stay living at home for as long as possible. Most care-givers want their husband, wife, partner or other relative to stay living at home for as long as possible.

Currently, when people with young onset dementia are no longer able to live in their own homes, there is little alternative for them but to move into a residential care home. Although the care provided may be excellent, they may be living with people who are much older than them – potentially 20 or 30 years older. Also, the type of care which is provided tends to be tailored towards people who are dependent on their carers.

This can mean that the condition of people with young onset dementia actually deteriorates faster as a result of being in the home. The other key issue is that people with young onset dementia tend to be more physically fit than older residents which means that activities may be more sedentary and home-based, which can lead to frustration because there are insufficient opportunities for participating in energetic activities or leaving the home.

YoungDementia UK has supported more than 100 people diagnosed with young onset dementia (in Oxfordshire) who have moved into a care home since 2010 and whose ages ranged from 42 to 71 years at the point of admission.

YoungDementia UK Homes is committed to delivering a radical new option: a supported living facility providing round the clock supervision, yet with residents living in their own personal apartment and with access to extensive communal living space for exercising, socialising and relaxing.

In addition, our support services will be designed to facilitate people living as full a life as possible, pursuing their hobbies, volunteering and supported to take part in activities in the wider community. Read some of the personal stories about people with young onset dementia to see how our planned supported living facility could make such a difference.