Most people with dementia stay at home with the support of family or carers until late stages of the disease.
As a person's dementia progresses, they will need more support and care, and there may come a time where full-time residential or nursing care is needed. It’s not easy to pinpoint when it’s time for residential care, as it may vary from person to person depending on several factors including the stage of their disease, rate of progression, safety concerns, challenging behaviours such as wandering, agitation or aggression, and carer burnout. The average length of stay in a residential care facility is two to three years. However, that amount of time may also vary widely, from just a few months to ten years or more.