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Many people with dementia are happier if they can live in their own home for as long as possible. Living in familiar surroundings and maintaining regular routines can be reassuring and with the right support can often help the person maintain their independence for a longer period of time. When a person with dementia moves, either to live with a family member or to enter a care home, they may feel disorientated and experience further confusion, so there are some clear benefits for enabling the person to stay at home while this is still practical. This factsheet looks at how a person with dementia can be supported to live alone. 

If a person with dementia is living on their own, there are likely to be some concerns about their ability to cope, especially as their dementia progresses. Where possible, the person with dementia, their friends and family members and experienced professionals should discuss these concerns together. Much can be done to enable someone with dementia to remain in their own home, even when their dementia is quite advanced. However, a person with dementia who is living alone will need increasing support