Our team of practitioners recommend using the following organisations for support during COVID-19.
National Activities Partnership Association
Mental Health Foundation
The British Psychological Society
Meri Yaadain CiC
University of Bradford
The university of Bradford have posted a series of blog posts about COVID-19 and dementia
The Alzheimer’s Society
Coronavirus: Information for people affected by dementia
The Dementia connect support line 0333 150 3456 is available for information, support and advice from dementia advisers.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for families looking after someone with dementia
Helpline Nurses can offer practical and emotional support to families and can be contacted on 0800 888 6678 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Helpline is open seven days a week, 9am-9pm Monday to Friday, and 9am-5pm on weekends.
Coronavirus and dementia
Residents and Relatives Association
The Relatives and Residents Association in partnership with Dementia UK have produced ideas for relatives, friends and care staff to help maintain relationships with people with dementia in care homes.
Finding relevant information, and managing general wellbeing, during the COVID-19 pandemic is critically important. Care Companion can support carers as you manage your responsibilities through the current crisis. As a simple to use, interactive online resource, it offers access to information, advice and guidance to help you adapt to current uncertainties. It links to a vast range of resources that are tailored to individual circumstances. For more information, please follow this link.
If you are concerned that the person with dementia does not understand the social distancing and self-isolation rules, you may also be concerned that they may leave home. If this happens, you may be unable to look for them because of the recommendations and the risk to your health and the health of others. Our service practitioners recommend completing the Herbert Protocol form so that you have this available to send to community police and local community hubs who can then look for the person in order to support them to return home.
This is a national scheme recognised in all areas; here is a link to The Metropolitan Police form which you can use wherever you are in the UK, or if you prefer you can access one from your local Police force.