My mother is now in the late stage of mixed dementia (alzheimers and vascular). She's spent the last three years in a residential care home not specialising in dementia but has now moved into a nursing home which does specialise in dementia. Frankly the difference between the two is staggering! With hindsight (which as we always say is a wonderful thing) I can now see how much better mum's quality of life could have been had she had the funds to be able to be in this home from the start. They are totally geared around making life good for each individual, and have small dedicated teams for each resident so they get to know them really well. The set up of the building is so much better too. Very large open plan lounge and dining area so that residents who are safe to do so can "wander" to their hearts content, organised activities three times a day, and outings! But of course the best thing is that no-one with dementia has to move on because they can move seamlessly from their wandering days to their bedridden days in their same familiar surroundings. Of course, this home costs twice as much as her previous home. But with hindsight, and given the funds, this is absolutely the kind of place I'd advise anyone to look out for.