“My home is part of my past life, formative periods of my life… sense of presence of others… being part of local community”
Moira and David McGloughlin, David is living with dementia and Moira is his wife and carer
There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. When people with dementia have to leave their homes this is not good for them, their families or their carers. There are also cost implications for the public purse, as well as individuals. At times, it can seem to professionals that having people leave their homes is the easiest or best solution, when in fact it may not be either. Our research in the Beyond the Front Door report shows that people with dementia had had little, if any opportunity to discuss the meaning of ‘home’ and its importance in formulating their sense of self and what matters to them. Without having these conversations, carers, families and professionals cannot act in the best interests of people living with dementia.
“I had moved into a flat – settled and homely. A nice atmosphere. I was then moved into a new
flat – there was no atmosphere, the walls were like cardboard, I was just stuck there on my own and I feel very trapped. I want to have a bit of company – want to have a cosy home. My dad was a traveller and continued to be in that community when he moved – he would never settle in a flat or a house. There are times that I lay on my bed and would love to be back there [travelling around] again, but now at age 63 my age is against me!”
An individual living with dementia from the Irish Travellers’ Community
Beyond the Front Door Report
We have conducted thorough and diverse research on the issue around home for people living with dementia, and their families and carers. We have spoken to a wide range of people living with dementia, including from often overlooked communities, as well as carers and professionals, and published the Beyond the Front Door report. Download the full report , and accompanying infographics, for free today to find out the key steps your team should be taking:
Beyond the Front Door Training and Workshops
With decades of experience across the health and social care sector, we have the skills and knowledge needed to create a package of training that will equip you with all you need to know about the importance of home for people living with dementia, their families and carers. Get in touch with us today to discuss your tailored package of training.