Background: The purpose of this article is to illuminate the meaning of a homelike care setting for people with dementia who are institutionalized in a special care unit. The study uses phenomenological hermeneutic interpretation of focus group interviews with fifteen care providers. Two main themes of homeliness are elicited: 1. Caregiver being near and offering safety. 2. The living room and kitchen – the common social arena. People with dementia seek safety and fellowship in common living rooms and do not spend much time alone in private rooms. It seems to be important to understand home as a multifaceted concept. Creating a home in a care setting requires competence in social relationships with the residents and requires one to provide various opportunities for activity and fellowship.