Services???

Juba

Registered User
Jul 27, 2019
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I'd like to know what Alzheimers Society is doing by way of reinstating services for people living with dementia and their carers?
Day centres, singing and walking groups, cafes and specialist holidays have all ceased - including any chance of respite care. This was understandable as a response to the threat of Coronovirus and i understand that the threat is still there. However, as we get to know more about how the virus works, we seem to be devising ways of starting to do things like getting back to work, hairdressers, cinemas etc. Yet, no mention of any suggested ways of how social activities could be delivered to people living with dementia. The only things i hear mention of is virtual meetings and telephone calls - all of which have very limited use for my husband with dementia.
Are there any conversations taking place nationally to see what services can be developed as a result of the threat of Coronovirus? I am asking the question at a local level but getting very little back by way of activities etc. I feel like I'm getting more and more dependent on care services and we have been lucky to have carers coming in to help but my husband hates it - to the point that they can provide a valuable service of keeping him clean but i'm having to be present. I'm trying to take him out inbetween times to try and get a smile but choices are so limited and i think he really needs the company of others who we used to meet at the various groups. Like most carers i feel like it took me ages to build a network of support that has been ripped apart and I'm struggling to see anyway of rebuilding, or even, restarting a new one??? Am i missing the conversations??
 

Alzheimer's Society

Volunteer Moderator
Apr 6, 2009
2,325
www.alzheimers.org.uk
Hi Juba,

It's Harriet from the Dementia Talking Point team here. I'm so sorry to about the incredibly difficult and worrying situation that you and many others are in. I'll send you a message directly regarding the above.

Best wishes,

Harriet
 

Alzheimer's Society

Volunteer Moderator
Apr 6, 2009
2,325
www.alzheimers.org.uk
Hi everyone,

To follow up on this discussion, we completely understand how important the need for support is, and we know how incredibly difficult this time has been for many of you.

Alzheimer's Society is working hard to consider the safest way to reinstate face to face services, especially as many people affected by dementia will be shielding or clinically vulnerable.

The organisation has a requirement to take time to carefully consider the best and safest approach before resuming the different types of face to face services. In addition to this, different guidelines will need to be applied in each local area, as there are differences between the nations in terms of what is allowed and also local variations in lockdown.

If you normally attend a face to face service and have questions about what is happening locally, it may be best to get in touch with your local service for further support or questions.

If anyone has any questions or wants to talk further about how this is impacting you, please contact our Support Line on 0333 150 3456. The line is open 9am - 8pm Monday to Wednesday, 9am - 5pm on Thursday and Friday, 10am - 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.