" In response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, Dementia Australia has released four Help Sheets outlining tips for people impacted by dementia. "
Dementia Help Sheets to navigate coronavirus (COVID-19)

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Dementia Australia has released four Help Sheets outlining tips for people living with dementia, carers, families and friends of people living with dementia, residential care providers and home care providers.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said people living with dementia are one of the most vulnerable groups in society at this time.

“There is confusion in the community and new rules announced daily to keep pace with this rapidly evolving situation,” Ms McCabe said.

“For people living dementia this can create even more uncertainty.

“We have developed these Help Sheets to provide clarity on what people can do to achieve the best possible outcomes for people living with dementia.

“The needs and capacity of people living with dementia must be a priority in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.”

The Help Sheets are available now and include:

  • Tips for people living with dementia – outlines the coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, hygiene tips, the importance of having a good support network, ideas to remain active and engaged while in self-isolation, and where to go for help.
  • Tips for carers, families and friends of people living with dementia – outlines the coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, hygiene tips, helpful tips for primary carers, as well as for family, friends or neighbours, ideas for remaining active and engaged while in self-isolation, and where to go for help.
  • Tips for residential care providers – outlines the impacts coronavirus (COVID-19) may have on residents, tips on alternative activities and how to support continued engagement with families and carers.
  • Tips for home care providers – outlines the impacts coronavirus (COVID-19) may have on a person living with dementia, tips to reduce heightened anxiety and where to go for help.

“We are here to support people living with dementia, their family, carers and friends, and anyone in the health and aged care industries,” Ms McCabe said.

“It is important for them to know they are not alone, especially during this unprecedented time. If you have any further questions, please call the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 for information and support.”

 Posted: March 17th, 2020
Discussion

sharon Lecchi said:

I want to download the Dementia help list for covid 19....but your page does not have a link...

Lilly said:

Thank you for this. Can you please send me the 3 Help Sheetss relating to home care for my parents being cared for at home with Dementia. Greatly appreciated Lilly

Rodger Bull said:

There appears to be no information as to how to obtain the help sheets

Lynne Low said:

I am 52 with posterior cortical atrophy would I be included in this group ?

Yvonne Preston said:

It’s all very well to say leave a number for the dementia patient to ring if symptoms arise, or keep the active wit jigsaws etc, but my partner has no capacity to make a phone call and indeed has lost al language. He is 92. Can I take him out for walks or does he have to be totally confined.

Jane Gardam said:

Has Dementia Australia had any conversations with the Government regarding what happens to a person with Dementia who cannot look after themselves, if their carer becomes ill and has to go to hospital?

Holly said:

My mother has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's and can't remember when we've told her about coronavirus and its seriousness. She has gone to stay with my sister who is working from home, as people in her aged care facility have been exposed, but she's very agitated and wants to go home. Any tips on 'cutting through' with the safety message and also keeping her calm?

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