Coronavirus - Caring for Someone with Dementia
Looking after someone with Dementia during the Coronavirus pandemic may be challenging. Please see this resource for more information and support:
Coronavirus: Information for people affected by dementia
Living with dementia at any time brings everyday challenges for the person and those around them. Coronavirus is making daily life much harder. You may feel anxious, scared or lonely. But you are not alone – help is available.
In an emergency when power/water/ phone lines are disabled if an individual joins the priority services register and they have a care / health need they will be prioritised to get back on line/ get emergency support.
Western Power: www.westernpower.co.uk/priority-services
Most Gas suppliers have a priority register as does the water board.
If you are worried about your or a loved one’s memory please book an appointment with a GP where a memory assessment will be done and the relevant blood tests requested so that a referral to the memory team can be made.
- This information sheet by One Gloucestershire is intended to give a general overview of support services for people with dementia and carers of people with dementia:
The Herbert Protocol
The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme that encourages carers, family and friends to provide and put together useful information, which can then be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.
For more information see The Herbert Protocol page.
Help at Home Bracelets
Telecare as part of their assessment may also be able to offer a ‘help me home’ bracelet – this is a silicone bracelet that has a contact number for a helpline and a reference id that a person with dementia can show someone. The reference id then links to that individuals records and contacts.
If someone is not eligible for telecare (you require more than just the need for the bracelet – Adult Social Care can advise) then they can be purchased privately, one option is:
Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today.