Standing with people affected by dementia through coronavirus
People affected by dementia have been worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic – facing devastation at home and in care homes. Find out how we're standing with them, and how you can too.
In the UK, people affected by dementia have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
From the high death rate in care homes, to the significant cognitive decline for people who live in the community, to the rising mental health challenges for unpaid carers, the pandemic has had a severe impact, while exposing our fragmented social care system for all to see.
In Alzheimer’s Society’s new report, Worst hit: dementia during coronavirus, we shined a light on the impact of coronavirus on people who have dementia and those who care for them.
Care home visits
After everything they faced in 2020, it is unacceptable that in 2021, people affected by dementia remain the worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Across England, meaningful care home visits have been stopped again due to the latest lockdown. With 70% of care home residents living with some form of dementia, this falls out particularly on people living with the condition and their families.
We now fear that there is a real possibility that should the Government not take urgent action, visits could remain stopped until those in JCVI priority 1 groups have had their second vaccination which could be three months away. This would take us to May and make it 14 months since some have had a meaningful visit – held their loved ones hand, hugged, received vital personal care provided by family and friends.
Stand up for people in care homes
The Government must prioritise care home visits in their upcoming roadmap to ease lockdown. These visits are vital to the health and wellbeing of people affected by dementia.
Families can’t wait until May, become a campaigner today.
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Share your story
Have you experienced any issues relating to dementia and coronavirus since the start of the pandemic? We want to hear from you to make the government understand the reality of lockdown for people affected by dementia.