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"going home" can mean she wants to be safe.
Reassure her that she is safe.
Reassure her that this is her home also.
If she still insists that she wants to "go home" tell her that it is getting late and she better stay the night. Help her get ready for bed, pointing out that her things are all right there, night gown (or pj's) toothbrush, hair brush...so she must have planned on spending the night anyway. As well as a change of clothes for the next day.
Tell her that you will have a little breakfast in the morning and not to worry.
I had to do that for my Mom who at 98, living in a nursing home, and wanted to go visit her parents. I found she accepted when I said "your parents are visiting the old county", she would smile and say "that is nice".
There are some things you could try. What won't work is telling her that she is home. Ask her to tell you more about home. Something like, “You must miss home, tell me about it”. Ask what does she like about home. If it's always at 7:30, which may indicate some sundowning also, you might say, “It's a little too late right now, we'll go tomorrow”, then redirect her attention to have a snack, watch TV, go for a walk. You might even try taking a short drive and returning.
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