dementia care

Living with Dementia

Living with Dementia - Our Stories

We care for residents living with dementia every day and are dedicated to creating Care Communities that support the needs of each individual.

Our case studies look at our residents who are living with dementia and how we support  them to feel safe and at ease, and have the opportunity to be as mobile and independent as possible.

Click on the links below to read our case studies

Enabling meaningful connection

Since January 2021, Rutherford Park Care Community has been home to Maureen.  As she settled in, our Care Community team worked with Maureen and her family to understand her social and emotional care needs to create a personalised care plan.

Maureen bird bath

Transitioning into care

A new resident* who presented with complex behaviours has moved into Altona Gardens Care Community. Our team are working with the resident and her family to ensure she settles in well and feels comfortable.

Altona Gardens

Designing dementia care around needs

Rose lives at Wallarah Point Care Community. Our team noticed Rose displaying some changes in her behaviour due to dementia, such as self-isolating, becoming withdrawn from her friends and other residents, disliking certain foods and low self-esteem. Finding ways to understand her emotional and social care needs is very important for residents who are living with dementia

Rose with flowers

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Commonly asked questions about dementia care

  • Dementia isn’t a single disease, but a term used to describe the symptoms of a range of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in the ability to think and perform everyday tasks. It can also lead to changes in personality and behaviour. While there is no cure for dementia, it’s important to keep in mind that it is possible to continue to maintain a good quality of life for many people. For more information, click here.

  • There are many types of dementia but the most common causes include Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Understanding the symptoms associated with each type of dementia can help in ensuring each person’s care needs are met.

  • Thinking about the move into residential care is never easy and can bring up all sorts of emotions. It’s time to start the conversation about moving into care when you have concerns that your loved one isn’t coping well with day-to-day activities or if you feel safety is a concern. The earlier you start the conversation, the more time everyone will have to consider options and make informed decisions.

  • Dementia has a huge impact not only on the person who has been diagnosed, but also on those closest to them. Some of the feelings commonly experienced by carers include guilt, grief, loss and even anger. Even if your loved one isn’t ready to move into long-term care, feel free to arrange for a chat with our knowledgeable team who’ll be happy to offer advice or put you in touch with other carers who are going through the same thing and can offer support and understanding. 

  • Think about a short stay in respite care to start with. Perhaps arrange to go and have lunch or participate in an activity that your loved one enjoys. This will give you both a chance to find out if the Care Community feels like a good fit and it will give you both confidence in your decision.

    It’s natural to feel apprehensive about making such a big decision. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Our team understands that it can feel overwhelming and they can provide direct support and suggest strategies to make things easier.


  • Moving house is among the most stressful life events. When moving house is combined with a big life change like moving into residential care, it can have a significant impact. Often the move into care comes about as a result of a traumatic event such as a fall rather than a considered decision process, so the circumstances around the move can feel overwhelming and out of the person’s control. Sometimes the person moving into care can take out their frustrations on their family if they don’t feel in control. It’s important to ensure that your loved one feels a part of the decision making process. If this happens, try not to take it personally. Our team are here to help and support both you and your loved one through this time.

  • Everyone’s different but on average you can expect most people to start feeling more comfortable and at home in around two to six weeks. It’s a big adjustment so try not to get disheartened if it seems to take a while. The most important thing is to just take each day at a time and speak with our leadership team if you have any concerns.