Recent months have been a challenge for everyone but, for the over 1,350 people living with dementia in Louth, and their families, it has been especially difficult and many have been cocooning or staying at home to minimise the risk of contracting COVID-19.
In this article, written by Dr Suzanne Timmons of the National Dementia Office, she says that to protect people with dementia from COVID-19, some services had to be changed, and they may also have been missing important social connections and activities so crucial for wellbeing.
As society and healthcare services start to return to normal, and we begin to enjoy the things we missed, for people with dementia and their carers this too brings challenges. Upheaval and changes in the person’s condition and routines may make some people with dementia more reluctant to return to community life.
Every one of us can play our part in reaching out to, and supporting, people with dementia and their carers, as together we navigate a new way forward.
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Here’s how you can help:
When visiting a friend or family member who is at greater risk from COVID-19 in an indoor location or where social distancing is difficult, you should wear a face covering. Seeing you with a face covering could, however, be confusing for a person with dementia. Try showing your face from a two-metre distance or through a window before you put the face covering on and explain why you’re wearing it. A face covering in a cheerful or favourite colour can also help.
If you haven’t seen a family member or friend with dementia for a while, the person’s condition may have changed. That is all the more reason to make the connection and to help bring joy into each other’s lives.
The HSE’s Dementia: Understand Together campaign has a range of resources to support people with dementia during COVID-19 including an At Home Activities booklet and Weekly Activity Planner available at www.understandtogether.ie.
For information and support on dementia, Freephone 1800 341 341 (Monday to Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 10am-4pm).
For the latest health information, including how to make and wear face coverings, and how to protect yourself and others, visit www.hse.ie.
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