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Acting on your coronavirus challenges

Posted by Natasha Morgan (Admin) Apr 22, 2020

Over the last few weeks there’s been great discussions happening in the hub activity on COVID19. Thank you to those who have joined the conversation so far. The activity will remain open so please do continue to share any new challenges as they arise.

We have been sharing these insights on an ongoing basis with our colleagues from across the Society, who have been hearing similar stories through their own channels. Together, we are painting a picture of how coronavirus is affecting people affected by dementia and taking action to provide much needed support.  

As the coronavirus situation evolves, so does our innovation response. Here are just some of the actions we have taken so far:

We’re pleased to be collaborating with the Helix Centre from Imperial College London, to develop an Online Community Centre. This will address your challenges around isolation, lack of activity, concerns about losing skills and carer respite.

We have also applied for funding to develop a Dementia First Aid Kit – a tool to guide carers in times of crisis in order to avoid people going to hospital unnecessarily. This issue is not a new one, but its impact is particularly acute right now.

We are distributing 500 Google Nest devices to care homes across the country to help residents to stay connected with friends and family.

In response to concerns about people not getting the food they need, our colleagues are calling on government and supermarkets to ensure people with dementia are included in the increased risk category, so they can get priority access to food and medication.

They are also working with key partners in government, utilities, financial services and housing to make sure they protect people from scams

Finally, there is lots of work going on to share activities for people with dementia and their families to do at home. This includes working with partners including Sport England and Wildlife Trust.

As always, our priority remains to listen to the challenges that you are facing, and to design solutions together to help address them. Watch this space for opportunities to get involved in the coming weeks. 

This post was edited on May 6, 2020 by Natasha Morgan

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