Louth Dementia Advisor Maeve Montgomery.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) has launched a new Online Support Group for Family Carers of People with Dementia to help alleviate the increasing pressure points on family carers, such as loneliness, social-isolation, fear, stress and anxiety, during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The ASI has carried out research has found that the pressure points on family carers of people with dementia are not only increasing but are reaching a critical point.
The public health crisis has been a perfect storm for carers of people with dementia with the closure of ASI day centres in particular, along with social clubs, Alzheimer cafés, face-to-face carer training.
Many carers now have nowhere to go each day to help keep their loved ones active and stimulated. There was a crisis in dementia care in Ireland long before COVID-19 – but now it’s unthinkable what family carers are going through with no access to vital key supports and services.
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However, throughout this public health emergency, The ASI has continued to support people with dementia and their families as their Home Care, Dementia Advisers, Alzheimer National Helpline and Online Family Carer Training are all still running.
The ASI has already implemented new ways of providing supports remotely to clients and their families such as regular telephone calls and activity packages for people to use in their own homes and the recent expansion of our National Helpline which offers a 1:1 telephone or video conference call with a Dementia Nurse.
Today, The ASI is launching another new service, an Online Support Group for Family Carers which will be a dedicated space for family carers to find information and resources of interest to them. This will be like the usual face-to-face support groups – but now everything will be online.
In addition, each Online Support Group will be a manageable size so people can support each other and carers can log on whenever they want meaning that this support is available 24/7. A Support Group will last for 20 weeks and we aim to establish a Group of 30 carers x 10 groups - 300 people.
People with dementia and their family carers who want to avail of this new service please contact:
Dementia Adviser, Maeve Montgomery is available to people living in Cavan, Monaghan and Louth. This service is free and confidential.
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