Ealing Council is aware that this is a worrying time for families looking after someone with dementia and is continuing to support those in need.
The weeks ahead will be challenging but there are a few things you can do to look after yourself, and the person you are looking after, during this time. You do not have to struggle on alone. If you have any concerns about caring for someone with dementia through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, help is available.
Staff at Michael Flanders in Acton, a council-run day centre for residents over 65, are providing support and carrying out welfare checks on customers with dementia in their own homes on a daily basis while the centre is closed during this epidemic.
Councillor Binda Rai, the council’s cabinet member for health and adults’ services, said: “Our service is continuing to identify customers with dementia who are alone, more vulnerable and require support with personal care, preparation of meals, support with medication and shopping and we are still carrying out home visits.
“I understand this must be a particularly worrying time for people, especially if a loved one is living alone with dementia and they cannot have visitors. But, I want to assure residents that the service continues and we are doing our best to ensure vulnerable residents receive the right level of care.
“We are working very closely with the social work teams and care agencies to identify and action any concerns with regards to supporting the most vulnerable at this time.”
Help and advice
Many people with dementia live independent lives and access help and advice that is tailored to their needs. You can find out about a wide range of support available in Ealing using CarePlace in addition to the organisations listed below:
- NHS Choices Dementia For in-depth information, including the earliest symptoms, looking after someone with the condition and where to find care and support
- Alzheimer’s Society For information, advice and services, including for families and carers
- Ealing Dementia Action Alliance is made up of organisations working across the borough
- Dementia Concern provides information and advice about services. Assessments, support, day care and short breaks for carers. Call 020 8568 4448, or email firstname.lastname@example.org