This is a common but no less distressing situation that many families face. If the person with dementia is not safe to live at home, and is unable to be adequately cared for at home, then you have very few options available. It is not so much that stage as the circumstance that is specific to the individual.
I am not sure what the arrangements are with the residential aged care facility, ie respite vs long term care, emergency care, but considerations that may help you with your decision are: is your aunt now receiving specialist dementia care and is she safe? If you answer yes to these questions, you can feel placement in RACF is an appropriate decision.
There are some RACF that have specialist dementia programs that aim to help the person to keep orientated as long as possible. Ask at the RACF about there programs and see if there are some available. Remember you can make it homely by putting familiar items in place in her room. You and your family can visit or take your aunt on outings to favourite places. All these things will be helpful to her and will show her you still care. Talk to her when she is more lucid and discuss how she is now receiving the best and most appropriate care available. There a number of strategies that can be put in place to help her to adjust to her new environment - ask at the facility or contact the national dementia association.
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