A steady routine and the encouraging and accepting support of familiar people helps individuals with dementia respond optimally to everyday stresses.
For this reason, it’s often optimal to keep a person in a familiar environment. But keep in mind that the familiar environment may not be adequately prepared to protect a patient who falls, is aggressive, or engages in risky behavior.
Further, the familiar environment may lack supports and optimal stimulation. In situations where an alternative environment supplies these important protections and supports, there can be advantages to moving from a more familiar setting."