Advice and Support for People with Dementia
|By HELEN FOSTER, director of operations for the Alzheimer’s Society|
|Coronavirus – Support and advice for people affected by dementia.|
We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. We understand this is a worrying time for everyone, especially for those affected by dementia. We want you to know that we’re here for you, and we will help you get the support you need.
If you or someone you care for are worried about coronavirus and need support and advice, call our Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456.
If you speak Welsh, call our Welsh-speaking support line on 03300 947 400.
The Alzheimer’s Society is here to support anyone affected by dementia through this difficult time. Find out about the ways we can help you with practical tips and advice, information and support below.
Find out more about the symptoms of coronavirus or what to do if you need medical help here
Advice for people affected by dementia
We have created advice and practical tips for people living with dementia and those supporting them – either in the same household or from a distance, to help during the coronavirus pandemic.
Helping prevent the virus from spreading by washing your hands often, with soap and water (or if this isn’t possible, a hand sanitiser).
And cleaning things you handle a lot such as remote controls and taps.
Arranging getting essentials like medicine and food, by speaking to your GP or local pharmacy, using online delivery services, or asking a friend, family member or community volunteer for help.
Making a plan of what to do if you or the person you care for become unwell, such as leaving the number(s) to call prominently displayed.
Staying active with gentle exercises and activities like reading, jigsaw puzzles, listening to music, knitting, watching or listening to the TV and radio.
Keeping connected with family and friends by phone, post, email or Skype.
This is a challenging time for everyone, but a phone call can make all the difference.
Visit our website for the most up-to-date information and advice.
Join our online community Talking Point where you can connect with others affected by dementia in a similar situation.
Use our Dementia Connect online support tool to find dementia information and support that is right for you.