Support through coronavirus for a person with dementia living alone

People with dementia need help and support to live alone. Read our advice on where to find support during the pandemic.

Coronavirus is making life particularly difficult for people with dementia who live alone. This is made even more challenging if they have no friends and family nearby, or don’t use the internet.

Local authorities are prioritising people at risk of going into hospital to keep them supported in their own home. If the person is struggling in any way – for example, with food and drinks, taking their medication or they are prone to falls or infections – they should contact their local authority adult social services team as soon as possible. If the council is able to provide extra help during this time, this can help keep them safe and well. 

If you're not sure what your local authority is or how to contact them, visit the government website and enter your postcode. 

What is a support bubble?

To help support those who are most isolated, a person living alone and people from one other household are now allowed to form a support bubble together (called an extended household in Wales). This means any number of people from the other household can visit the person, inside either of their homes. This includes overnight stays and none of this group needs to stay 2 metres apart. This arrangement must strictly be between the person and one other household. 

Support from Alzheimer's Society

Where a person with dementia lives alone and is currently supported face-to-face by Alzheimer’s Society, we will be in touch with a ‘welfare’ phone call. A trained member of staff or volunteer – possibly someone already known to them – will call them to check on their wellbeing, and offer expert dementia information and advice.  

Our booklet on Living alone also gives some general tips. If the person’s normal care or support is not available, for example if their usual carer is not able to work, see our tips (for people with dementia) for assistive technology that may be able to help at this time.

You can also download a printable leaflet with more ideas of how to stay well at home. This leaflet is also available in Welsh.

Find out more about the support we offer and the changes to our services.

Listen to Amanda's experiences during coronavirus

Amanda lives in South Wales and was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer's disease at 49. In a recent episode of our podcast, Amanda shares what life has been like for her while staying at home for weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Listen to Amanda's story
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