COVID-19 resources on Dementia

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Living grief and bereavement: a booklet for anyone working with carers of people with dementia

This booklet aims to give professionals an understanding of the feelings of grief and bereavement that those caring for people with dementia can experience. It shows that carers can experience complex feelings of grief when the person they care for is still alive, and that these feelings can last long after the person dies. The booklet draws on the views of over 100 carers across the UK who participated in an online survey and focus groups. Carers views covered feelings of loss and grief, a loss of their own identity, their experiences of support, and advice for professional.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020

Supporting a person with dementia following bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic

Northern Health and Social Care Trust

A guide providing information to help those supporting people with dementia who have experienced a bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains suggestions that have been used in palliative care which have been drawn from research and from experience of talking to people with dementia about death and dying.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020

Activities delivered at home by family carers to maintain cognitive function in people with dementia socially isolating during COVID-19: evidence for non-technology based activities / interventions

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

A rapid review to identify evidence for which non-technology based activities that can be delivered at home by family carers are effective in maintaining cognitive function in people with dementia who are socially isolating during COVID-19. These interventions can include reminiscence therapy, cognitive stimulation therapy, music-based interventions, art therapy or meaningful activities. The review found very few studies where family carers were trained or supported to deliver an intervention within the home environment. However, it identified a small body of evidence to suggest that activities delivered at home by family carers may have some positive effects on cognition and mood. The evidence suggests that engaging people with dementia in activities that they find enjoyable or those that link to past work/hobbies can be helpful in giving a sense of purpose and meaning during a time of isolation. Non-technology based interventions may have some practical advantages for those currently isolating at home since they are inexpensive and do not require extensive training.

Last updated on hub: 01 June 2020

Safeguarding adults with dementia during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This quick guide aims to support care providers and staff to safeguard people with dementia during the COVID-19 crisis.

Last updated on hub: 28 May 2020

Dementia in care homes and COVID-19

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Helpful quick guide about COVID-19 and people living with dementia in care homes. Produced in collaboration with NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Last updated on hub: 13 May 2020

Supporting older people and people living with dementia during self-isolation

British Geriatrics Society

Guidance on meeting the needs of older people who are self-isolating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It includes information on meeting older people's psychological needs and promoting wellbeing, and advice for older people on remaining connected and staying active as much as possible during the pandemic. It also includes a specific section on the needs of people living with dementia and memory problems, particularly on how to help them to understand and follow Covid-19 advice.

Last updated on hub: 20 April 2020

Coronavirus: information for people affected by dementia

Alzheimer's Society

Advice and information for people who are living with dementia and their carers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes advice for carers who live with a person with dementia, information on how best to support someone living alone and tips for supporting for someone living with dementia from a distance. The guide also includes activity ideas, including online and digital activities; and links to additional resources.

Last updated on hub: 26 March 2020

Dementia and town planning: creating better environments for people living with dementia

Royal Town Planning Institute

This practice note gives advice on how town planning can work with other professionals to create better environments for people living with dementia. It summarises expert advice, outlines key planning policy, good practice and case studies from around the UK. It also attempts to reflect on the challenges people living with dementia, their families and carers face, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, along with how the built environment can be adapted to improve their safety and support them to live independently in the future. Evidence has shown that good quality housing and well-planned, enabling local environments can have a substantial impact on the quality of life of someone living with dementia, helping them to live well for longer and of course, town planning has a key role to play if health and social care policies are to succeed. The document covers: impact of the built environment; home and dementia; what a place designed for people living with dementia looks like; legislation and policy; planning for dementia; and tools and approaches to plan for people living with dementia. This revised version includes new examples of good practice, along with updated information, advice and practice. The policy context applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Last updated on hub: 01 February 2017

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