1 Apr 2020
Trinity Homecare – Here to help during COVID-19
Trinity Homecare – Here to help during COVID-19 Recent news has highlighted the risks of COVID-19 spreading within a care home setting, despite the very best efforts of their care
With the government advising anyone over 70 or pre-existing medical conditions to isolate completely, it is proving very difficult for those who have dementia, and their families.
At Trinity Homecare, we know how worrying it can be for the families and loved ones looking after someone with dementia, during the COVID-19 outbreak. It is a challenging time for everyone right now, but even more so if you are caring for someone who may have underlying illnesses such as dementia.
As it stands, the UK government is advising that anyone over age 70 or with other health conditions are to remain at home, self-isolating for up to 16 weeks. This means that those who fall under this category, won’t be able to do their usual day-to-day activities such as shopping, meeting with family and friends and socialising.
Whilst the advice does not specifically include people with dementia, it is advisable that if the person you are looking after has other health-related issues, or is considered vulnerable, that you follow this guidance.
Staying at home and stopping social activity is difficult for anyone. It is particularly challenging for those who have dementia since routine is very important in keeping them mentally stimulated, preventing a decline.
At Trinity Homecare, we understand how it can be extremely difficult to explain to a person you are caring for with dementia why they should wash their hands more frequently, why you are avoiding being within close proximity and advising them to stay indoors.
They may have little understanding of COVID-19 and may become confused as to why they are unable to live their life as usual. They may also be confused by the lack of products on shop shelves and why people are behaving differently than they usually would. You may find that it is not possible to get them to follow the advice from the government but try to not worry or feel guilty about this. You are only doing the best you can in a very challenging situation. If the person you care for is reassured by regular contact and continuing their usual day-to-day activities, then this is equally as important, albeit a challenge.
At Trinity Homecare, we want to offer reassurance and support to families who may be struggling to care for someone with dementia. We can take the weight off your shoulders by offering a helping hand. Whether you need us to check in occasionally on your loved one and offer a friendly face and companionship, or full-time live-in care to support a routine- we are here to help.
During COVID19 we are making huge changes to the rota’s for carers to limit the number of social interactions for clients and to promote continuity. This will also mitigate the risk of transmission of the virus.