Caring for someone who is living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia can be challenging, and even more so during significant changes to their structure and routines during a pandemic.
First, the Alzheimer’s Association points out that people who are living with dementia are not at a higher risk for coming down with symptoms related to the novel coronavirus (aka COVID-19), which is a respiratory infection. However, these people tend to already be in high risk groups such as advanced age and living with one or more chronic conditions.
The challenge for caregivers of people who are living with dementia during this time of reduced social contact, change in routine, and wearing additional personal protective equipment (PPE), is to help the person maintain well-being amidst confusion. In addition, there are some basic safety precautions that need to be respected so that the chances of spreading the illness remains low.
Recommendations for optimal care for someone who is living with dementia while adhering to temporary guidelines during widespread illness outbreak:
Visit the Alzheimer’s Association website for more specific caregiving tips as well as to connect with their Help Center. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America also provides resources for caregivers on their website.
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