COVID-19 and Dementia - East Cheshire Hospice

COVID-19 and Dementia

East Cheshire Hospice Update

As all our day care services, outpatients’ and community dementia services are currently closed, we are currently working on being able to offer some dementia courses/ webinars via Zoom conferencing platform (see below under technology to learn more about Zoom).

Please check back here for updates on this. Anything made available for the public to join will be posted about here.

 

Cheshire East Council support

Main information from our  council for support during COVID-19 can be found at https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19.aspx

They have started a service called People Helping People, it can help with things like medication & shopping deliveries https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/coronavirus/cheshire-east-people-helping-people.aspx

Our adult social care contact numbers are

  • 0300 123 5010 for inside normal working hours or
  • 0300 123 5022 for emergencies outside of normal hours

 

Dementia UK support

Our Hospice has an Admiral Nurse, Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who support families looking after someone with dementia. Admiral Nursing is a brand that belongs to Dementia UK. They have produced information for families looking after someone with dementia which includes:

  • Coronavirus: advice for families looking after someone with dementia
  • Coronavirus: questions and answers
  • Leaflets: Caring from a distance, dealing with restlessness, looking after yourself, calming techniques, supporting people living with dementia to continue reading, Film suggestions for people living with dementia
  • Dementia Helpline: staffed by Admiral Nurse, dementia specialist nurses and is for anyone with a question or concern about dementia. Highly recommended to use for any queries on dementia.

Top access this information please visit:

https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

There are also further leaflets & videos on a variety of topics available at:

https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/our-leaflets/

https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/advice-videos/

 

Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society are also delivering free online workshops on a fortnightly basis on how you can get involved in our response to Coronavirus (Covid-19) relating to all the Dementia Friendly Communities (towns becoming dementia friendly).  To receive log in details, please register here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/covid-19workshop/ .

Future webinar dates are:

Scams                 –  21st April passed

Webinar 2           –  6th May 12:30-13:30

Webinar 3           – 19th May 16:30-17:30

Webinar 4           – 2nd June 12:30-13:30

 

Alzheimer’s Society have also produced guidance on COVID-19 including:

  1. Coronavirus: Information for people affected by dementia
  2. Coronavirus: Supporting a person with dementia at home
  3. Coronavirus: Activity ideas for people living with dementia
  4. Coronavirus: Supporting a person with dementia who falls ill
  5. Coronavirus: Supporting a person with dementia in hospital
  6. Coronavirus: Support for a person with dementia living alone
  7. Coronavirus: Supporting a person with dementia from a distance
  8. Coronavirus: Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
  9. Coronavirus: Other useful organisations and information

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/coronavirus-covid-19

Government Guidance

Main website for guidance on COVID-19

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

What the Coronavirus Bill will do

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-bill-what-it-will-do/what-the-coronavirus-bill-will-do

 

Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-providing-unpaid-care/guidance-for-those-who-provide-unpaid-care-to-friends-or-family

 

Learning disabilities, autistic adults & dementia

Guidance not yet available but is being developed – this will be updated once available

 

Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities

Local Authorities (LA) must only use the easements when absolutely necessary, if you feel that is not happening in your case please look at this guidance and get back to your LA with how they can not using the easements correctly.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-changes-to-the-care-act-2014/care-act-easements-guidance-for-local-authorities

 

World Health Organization (WHO) Videos on COVID-19

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/videos

 

Free Activity App for Care Homes

Active Minds have a new app which was designed to support activities in care homes.

On there is a big library of activity ideas and resources – Wordsearches, Quizzes, Arts and Crafts etc. The ideas are coded so you can find things which are of appropriate difficulty level. They are adding in more activities every month and specifically ideas which are relevant to people isolating at home.

 

For the period of lockdown, we are giving the app for free to care homes and families caring for people with dementia at home. They just need to search Active Minds – Support for Care into the App Store or Playstore to download or visit https://support.active-minds.org/

 

Tide

Tide works with carers of people with dementia and is running the following zoom based groups

  • Join tide at www.tide.uk.net
  • Take part in our Zoom Coffee & Connect sessions on Wednesdays from 10.30 – 11.30 am. Please email Beau for the link to join Beau@tide.uk.net
  • Join in with our Zoom Wellbeing sessions on Tuesdays from 2.00 – 3.00pm. In these sessions, you will have the opportunity to connect with other carers, find new coping strategies & improve your well-being. Please email Beau for the link to join Beau@tide.uk.net

 

Musical Moments

Musical Moments™ deliver our Singing Together group and are fantastic! They run interactive musical sessions for care homes and community groups and are a multi-award winning company since 2011.

Check out their Facebook page to see what live sessions they’re doing

https://www.facebook.com/musicalmomentsuk

 

Cheshire Dance

Cheshire Dance and their wonderful freelancers have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure the people we work with can keep dancing in their own homes. They have taken 11 of our classes live, interactive and online using Zoom and have now created some pre-recorded videos especially for older adults that can be done at home at a time that works for each individual.

These videos have been created by the Cheshire Dance artists who work regularly with groups of older adults across Cheshire. We’re not able to fully recreate the live, group class experience online, but we hope these videos inspire you to stay curious, to keep active and keep dancing at home! They are short activities (each less than 10 minutes) grouped into warm ups, creative tasks, Dance to Health and cool downs – we hope everyone can find something on there that they love and can experience a little joyful moment of dancing in their day.

To access please visit > : http://www.cheshiredance.org/virtualclasses/olderadults.html

 

Technology to keep in touch

Do consider use of technology to keep in touch, if you are not already, there are several well-established companies that would enable you to do this, in addition to phone calls or emails some suggestions for video chats are:

  • Facetime – free, owned by Apple, can be used on iphones and ipads
  • WhatsApp – free, owned by Facebook, used on any smartphone to make video calls

 

Thanks for reading, keep safe

 

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