Many people with dementia can stay in their own home with support from family carers, community nurses or paid care workers.
Being in familiar surroundings can help people cope better with their condition.
But they may eventually need support in a residential home. Depending on their needs, this could be provided in a nursing home or a dementia-specific facility.
For different care options visit the My Aged Care website. You can also call their helpline on 1800 200 422.
If you care for someone with dementia, you may be able to arrange a trial period in a care home for the person you care for.
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Last reviewed: October 2018