Support 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.
- Staying safe from coronavirus and reducing the risk of infection
- Supporting a person with dementia at home
- Activity ideas for people living with dementia
- Looking after your mental health
- Shopping for food, medicine and other essentials
- Supporting a person with dementia who falls ill
- Supporting a person with dementia from a distance
- You are here: Support for a person with dementia living alone
- Safeguarding people affected by dementia during the pandemic
With non-essential shops closed and almost everyone now staying at home, it can be difficult to manage. This is made even more challenging if they have no friends and family nearby, or don’t use the internet.
Local authorities will be 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 keep help keep them safe and well.
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Where a person with dementia lives alone and is currently supported face-to-face by Alzheimer’s Society, we will be getting 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.