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Find dementia care for your parents or loved ones

 Secure dementia care homes | In-home dementia careFrequently asked questions

Dementia is a painful rollercoaster

Dementia can be unpredictable. Dementia can be horrible. It's the rollercoaster that we're all on.

  • Residents with dementia will leave their underwear in the fridge,
  • Eat a whole pack of choccies in one sitting,
  • Go missing from their room only to be found watching TV with a friend,
  • And then not recognise themselves in the mirror

Cry. Laugh. Cry. Repeat.

St Vincent's is here for the hugs, tears and everything in between. Every win, every regression, every loss. We're not going anywhere.

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Where does St Vincent's offer dementia care?

In your home

Many people continue to live at home with dementia and while it may be challenging, remaining in familiar surroundings for as long as possible, with or without dementia is important.

If you or a loved one lives at home with dementia, support and assistance is available and made possible with Home Care Packages.

Find dementia care at home

In an aged care home

Many St Vincent’s aged care homes offer full support to people living with dementia. Some have dementia specific rooms to ensure the required level of support and care is provided.

These aged care homes also have programs and activities to help keep people with dementia engaged.

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When should you make the move to aged care?


Find a secure home for Mum or Dad near you

Our memory support units offer the specialised care and support your loved ones need so that they're not only safe, but engaged too.

  • 24/7 nursing care
  • Secure rooms to avoid wandering
  • Dementia specific lifestyle activities & exercise
  • Consistent routines
  • An extra level of care, patience & support
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Secure Dementia Locations in Melbourne



Set within the stunning surrounds of Studley Park, St Vincent's Care Services Kew is setting a new benchmark in aged care living with premium amenities and a level of care second to none. 

Complete with five star private dining experiences to share with the family and superb care and support, every resident at Kew is celebrated as an individual by St Vincent’s caring staff. 

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Sitting amid beautiful, open acreage is St Vincent’s Care Eltham, a place where residents look upon their rooms, living spaces and gardens as their home.

At Eltham, you can mix in with people for a board game, a quiz or some exercise with the diversity of lifestyle activities on offer meaning that no day’s activities are ever the same.

It’s the staff that makes this place. They work together to create a great atmosphere through helpful care that joyfully celebrates who they are as individual people.

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4 tips for choosing a dementia aged care home


1. Prepare early 

When it comes to dementia, conditions can change very quickly. We know this because nearly half the people with dementia in aged care homes are transferred from hospital. 

If possible, get yourself to the point where you’re happy with a plan that you can act on in 24 hours or less. 


2. Get on a waitlist 

The best care homes often have waiting lists. If you delay looking and then urgently need a place, your options may be limited to what is immediately available, which may not be the best fit. 

Finding the right care home also takes thorough research. Starting early allows for careful evaluation of options without the pressure of immediate need. 

3. Make a list of what's most important to you 

When it comes to aged care, there’s a lot to consider: 


Your loved one's preferences, safety, level of care needed, staff training, activity programs, environment, location, cost and financial considerations, medical services, communication with families, food and nutrition, cultural or linguistic needs, transition support, flexible visiting hours... and more! 

Make a list of the most important things and go from there. You won’t remember everything, but the things you forgot will likely come up on a tour so get out there and visit some homes! 


4. Acknowledge to yourself it’s going to be hard 

You're going to miss themBut even though the move into an aged care home can seem like the end of the world at first, it does get better. 



Home and Community Dementia Care Melbourne

Have our qualified carers come to you

Based out of multiple locations in Melbourne, our carers can come to your house and offer in-home dementia support wherever you are.

Whether for or a planned break or longer term support, there are endless options for dementia care at home.

  • Regular nursing support over a few days
  • A carer coming over to have a coffee & visit
  • Someone popping around to do some cleaning once during the week

How we help is entirely up to you. We can provide long term care arrangements or offer respite services for when you need a break as a carer.

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Or get care and support in the community!

While receiving care at home might work best for some, for others, getting out into the community regularly, or even just for a day or two, is a must.

At Community Centres, you can receive some of the services you could at home in a more social setting.

Some of the services offered at Community Centres include:

  • Organised group activities like cards, bingo, music & entertainment and group outings
  • Clinical support including Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy, Nursing services, Speech pathology
  • Counselling
  • Group exercise programs
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How to organise dementia care at St Vincent's

Step 1

See which of our options for dementia care works for you

Step 2

Call or send us an enquiry form here

Step 3

We'll book in a trial run at home or a tour of an aged care home

Step 4

Weigh up your options for care and 

Frequently Asked Questions About Dementia Care

Dementia Care Questions

Deciding on when a loved one should enter full-time care is tricky. There are a number of factors that influence whether someone should enter fulltime care. 

Stage and Symptoms 

Severity of Dementia 

In the early stages, many people are capable of living at home with minimal support. However, as dementia progresses, the level of care changes and you will find you need more support. 


Safety Concerns 

If someone is wandering, forgetting to turn off the stove, or engaging in other risky behaviors, this could mean that a move is needed sooner rather than later. 


Medical Needs 

Frequent hospital visits, specialized treatments, or a decline in overall health may require a level of care that can't be provided at home. 

Carer Capacity 

Carer Burnout 

Providing 24/7 care can be emotionally and physically draining. Caregiver health is a big consideration and if you’re not coping, then it might be time to consider aged care. 


Skill Level 

Managing the symptoms of dementia, particularly as it progresses, often requires specialized skills, which professional caregivers may be better equipped to provide. 

Quality of Life 

Social Interaction 

Loneliness and social isolation can worsen symptoms of dementia. Aged care homes often provide regular social activities and other residents to connect with. Other families in aged care can also offer community for caregivers who are all going through the same thing. 



A consistent routine can be easier to maintain in an aged care setting, and routine is often beneficial for people with dementia. 


As with any complex medical scenario, it’s important you consult healthcare professionals (such as through an ACAT Assessment) before making long term decisions. 

Dementia care usually costs about the same as home care or aged care, but like any other costs through My Aged Care it is entirely dependent on the level of care you’re receiving, as well as your income and assets. 

However, the main difference you might find is that dementia rooms in an aged care home may be more expensive than standard rooms. So, while the cost of care might be the same, or similar, the cost of rooms can potentially be more expensive. 

You can learn more about the costs of care at home or in aged care here: 

It depends.  

The level of care someone with dementia needs can depend on how far advanced their dementia is and even other factors such as mobility can play a part in assessing someone's need for either home care or residential care. 

Advantages of caring for a loved one at home 

Familiar Environment 

Being in a known and comfortable setting can be reassuring for a person with dementia and may help minimize symptoms like agitation or confusion. 


Family Involvement 

Family members can be more easily involved in day-to-day care and decisions. 


Challenges of caring for a loved one at home 

Caregiver Burden 

Caring for someone with dementia can be physically and emotionally exhausting, and can become increasingly demanding as the condition progresses. 



The home must be adapted to ensure the safety of the person with dementia, including measures to prevent wandering, falls, and other accidents. 


Professional Skills 

As dementia progresses, the level of medical and nursing care required can become overwhelming. 



How to best manage care at home 


Training & understanding of dementia 

Caregivers can benefit from training on how to manage behavioral symptoms, administer medications, and provide physical care.  

An excellent resource for training is the Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre which provides free courses on understanding and managing dementia 


Regular Respite Care 

To prevent caregiver burnout, families can use respite services (from providers like St Vincent’s), which offer short-term, temporary relief.  

With proper support, it is possible to care for someone with dementia, but we highly recommended chatting with health professionals and getting an ACAT assessment before making any decisions about where you should receive care. 

Dementia is a collection of symptoms which affects mental processes in a number of ways, from impaired communication to memory loss. These symptoms are caused by a variety of conditions:

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease
  2. Vascular Dementia
  3. Lewy Body Disease
  4. Frontotemporal Dementia
  5. Huntington’s Disease
  6. Alcohol Related Dementia

Excellence in care for people living with dementia is all about quality of life and choice. Choice for the person living with the symptoms of the disease and those making decisions for their care.

While our tailored approach to care doesn’t change for people with dementia, the attributes that make great care become even more important.

To work with people who have dementia it’s especially important that staff are:

  • Patient
  • Understanding
  • Consistent
  • And inclusive

They can’t be afraid to politely repeat themselves. And they must always take into account a person’s personal preferences: things they do like and especially the things they don’t.

Every St Vincent’s care worker receives dementia training through their qualifications which assists in delivering consistent and excellent care for people with dementia.

You may be eligible for dementia care if you are an older person living with dementia and need help with your day-to-day care needs.

You will need to undertake a face-to-face assessment to determine your eligibility. The criteria is the same for permanent residential aged care.

At St Vincent’s, aged care support staff receive training through their qualifications in working with people who have dementia. Whether in home, in respite or in residential aged care, St Vincent’s can provide the care or advice you need to be as best supported as possible.

Learn more about staff and qualifications at St Vincent's

Get in touch with our team

New enquiries phone number 

1800 778 767