Hospitals in Cornwall say they are under pressure due to a shortage of social care workers.
There are around 1,000 unfilled vacancies across the care sector in the county, which means those who could be receiving care at home are instead staying in hospital for longer.
Councillor Rob Rotchell, Head of Adult Social Care for Cornwall, warned that there is an acute lack of care workers and specialist dementia carers across the county.
He added if more domiciliary care packages are not taken on by providers, fewer hospital beds will be available, increasing pressure on places like the Royal Cornwall.
A lack of care workers also has, "a knock on effect right the way through the system and its quite serious," Rob added.
Lesley Saunders looked after Peggy, her 93 year old mother who has dementia, in the family home in Stithians, six miles from Falmouth.
After a spell of pneumonia, Peggy's dementia became worse and she required professional help.
Cornwall's Adult Social Care team designed a package which would see Peggy receive four visits at home a day. However, no care provider bid for the package since they felt that Peggy lived too far away.
Lesley was left with no choice but to keep her mother in hospital until a nursing home could be found. This meant Peggy spent two extra months at Falmouth Hospital.
Although Peggy is now being cared for in a nursing home, Lesley still feels "very guilty."
Cornwall Care, a provider that has 16 care homes, emphasised that social care workers are shoring up a system under strain.
Although Peggy is receiving care, she remains away from the home that she has lived in for 60 years.
Meanwhile, Cllr Rob Rotchell insists that Cornish hospitals will be continue to be put under strain until there is an adequate number of carers in the county.