Covid 19

23rd
July, 2020

We are here to help you with advice and support. You can find the latest advice here and see how we can support you during the pandemic.  Please contact us if you have specific questions or concerns which are not covered here


What is Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a new illness caused by the Coronavirus that mainly affects a person’s lungs and airways

For the majority of people, the symptoms will be mild for example a high temperature or a new continuous cough, or loss of sense of smell or taste. Some people may also experience difficulty with breathing, and feel short of breath

 

However, a few people will get severe symptoms and will need medical attention. This is usually older people and those with a long-term health condition for example lung disease, heart failure or diabetes. In addition, people with a weakened immune system, for example, because of HIV or chemotherapy, are more likely to get more severe symptoms. These are people who are offered the regular flu jab every year in the autumn

 

Almost everyone with dementia, and many older family carers are in the higher risk group. It is therefore really important to pay particular attention to guidance on how to stay safe and reduce the risk of becoming ill with the Coronavirus. Further guidance on who is considered to be extremely vulnerable can be found on the GOV.UK site


Without getting help to stay safe, someone with dementia may be a bit more likely to become infected with the virus than others

 

If someone has paid carers coming in and out to support them, this may also make the person more likely to catch coronavirus. This doesn’t mean that the carers should stop coming, but they should use measures like an apron, mask and gloves to reduce the risk of infection


There is a lot of advice around about Coronavirus but it is best to follow the latest advice on the NHS website to protect yourself and others


General Advice for everyone

It is really important that we all do everything we can to fight coronavirus. It spreads easily between people and we now know that you can be infected with the coronavirus infection and show no obvious symptoms. We should all focus on avoiding catching or spreading the virus. This includes limiting the amount of time we spend in close contact with people from outside our households as much as possible

 

The guidance from the Government is changing all the time. The best way to keep up to date with the latest guidance is to follow the advice on the UK Government website. At the moment the guidance says that everyone can leave their home more often. The following link gives advice on guidance for vulnerable groups

You can also sign up to receive emails to keep you up to date with changes – you can choose the topics you want to receive updates on and how often


Following the Guidance


It may be more difficult for someone living with dementia to follow the guidance on social distancing and hygiene.  This may be because they do not understand what the guidance means or they may simply forget what you have told them about the rules in the guidance. There will inevitably be changes to their routine which may cause confusion


Coronavirus and the lockdown have brought extra challenges in addition to those you may face on a daily basis when living and caring for someone who has been affected by dementia. You will know the best way to help the person you support, but these tips may help you with some of the additional challenges you may face

 

Any explanations that you give about the guidance should be communicated in a calm and matter of fact way. It may help to point out that the advice comes from the NHS or their GP and that everyone has to follow it


Click here to read about some practical suggestions for how to communicate with someone who is living with dementia



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