Many people with dementia live at home, with support, for the majority of their journey with dementia. Not every person with dementia will move to a nursing home, but many people do.

This can be one of the most difficult transistions for everyone involved.  There are many factors involved, sometimes a move to a nursing home is planned over a period of time, sometimes it happens suddenly. It takes time for the person with dementia and their familiy to adjust and to build a new routine.

There are a number of factors invovled in moving to a nursing home. Below you will find some practical information, however if you would like to speak to someone to talk through this decision, call our free and confidential Helpline at 1800 341 341.

Understanding late stage dementia

  • You may find it helpful to understand how dementia can impact a person during the final stages of the condition. Read our factsheet Understanding Late Stage Dementia
  • You can also speak with your doctor or public health nurse about care needs and if a nursing home is an option that needs to be considered.
  • You may experience feelings of grief and loss while caring for a loved one, read our factsheet Loss and grief when a family member has dementia for information and support.

Finding a nursing home

Financial Support

National Quality Standards for Nursing Homes


If you would like to speak to someone at any time contact our free and confidential Helpline

  • call 1800 341 341
  • Email

More information

About Alzheimer Ireland

The Society was founded in 1982 by a small group of people who were caring for a family member with Alzheimer's Disease or a related dementia. Find out what we docontact us and more

About our services

We offer a range of services for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, their families and carers. All our services operate using the philosophy of person centred care.

Featured Events

Fundraising is an extremely important source of revenue for our services and takes place locally across Ireland as well as through national events and campaigns. We aim is to raise €5 million a year.


The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has, since it was founded, campaigned on behalf of people with dementia and their carers to improve the lives of all those affected by dementia.


We have many items available for sale through our shop. Buy these items will help raise much needed funds for The Society to continue providing vital service all around the country.


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