Greater Manchester Directors of Public Health Visiting guidance 22 June 2020 . Socially distanced visiting for relatives and friends of those in long term care facilities for elderly or people with special needs
- Looking after someone with dementia during the coronavirus outbreak – 5 key messages for carers.
- Coronavirus: Supporting a person with dementia at home
- Coronavirus: Supporting a person with dementia from a distance
- Carers UK have a wide range of advice, resources and frequently asked questions on their website
- Carers UK have an online forum – a community of people who know exactly how you feel. They may be strangers – at first – but you’ll be surprised how sharing an experience, a problem or just having a good old rant to a fellow carer can make a world of difference. Join the forum here
Tide Covid- 19 Hub
Tide understand and recognise the importance of our work in both connecting carers and giving a voice to carers of people with dementia. They consulted with our current members to see what would be most useful during this difficult time. This includes:
- Resources on the website. We have collated details of what other organisations are doing. Find out more here https://www.tide.uk.net/resources/
- We have established a private Facebook group where carers can support each other, you can join this by clicking here https://www.facebook.com/groups/tidecarerssupport You can also join the conversation on Twitter here https://twitter.com/tide_carers
For more details on what are plans are for the immediate future you can read about out current activities here https://www.tide.uk.net/activities/
You can download the documents below.
- MusicTherapy_WEB-3. Music and sound play an important part throughout our lives whether through listening, taking part or moving to it. We can respond to music from a very early age, before words and language are developed, and this continues even when verbal abilities are lost and/or we are at the end of our lives.
- Sundowning-new-template-WEB. Sundowning is a term used for the changes in behaviour that occur in the evening, around dusk. This document has some tips for managing sundowning as it happens
- The-use-of-dolls-new-style-Web. The use of life-like dolls or soft toy animals can bring great benefits to some people with a diagnosis of dementia, particularly those in later stages..
- Aromatherapy-new-template-WEB. Aromatherapy is the use of aromatic plants or essential oils to promote wellbeing through scent.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for families looking after someone with dementia They also provide information on the use of different techniques such as music therapy, doll therapy and the use of aromatherapy. There is information on creating a Life Story book as well as managing if the person presents with sundowning behaviour.
Rare Dementia Support and Young Dementia UK
- COVID-19 Resources and Advice from Rare Dementia Support including tailored advice on supporting those with behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (FTD)
- Frontotemporal dementia hospital card – a one page card that can be printed and personalised to help hospital staff understand a person’s behaviour related to their FTD and what they can do to support.
- Stories of people living with young onset dementia during COVID-19 – personal stories on the Young Dementia UK website on how people have adapted, what they are doing to keep busy and some of the challenges they are facing as well as positive things too.
- Supporting older people and living with dementia during self-isolation – guidance from the British Psychological Society.
- Virtual Carers Centre – with information and resources specifically for those caring for somebody with dementia, from Dementia Carers Count.
- Advice for visiting a relative with dementia in a care home.