In the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency situation and recent advice for people over 70, and those with serious health conditions to stop non-essential contact with others for 12 weeks, it is easy to see how carers of people living with dementia and their families may become socially isolated.
We feel that our free online course for carers of people with dementia may be a valuable resource in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the community. Without the support of family, friends and social groups, carers may feel increasingly isolated and distressed. Our courses, Dementia care: Living well as dementia progresses and Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well may be able to offer support during these uncertain and difficult times in two key ways:
1) Enable carers to stay connected to others. This includes other carers who may be in a similar situation and also health and social care professionals who can also share advice or support. Family, friends and neighbours may also find the courses useful to support carers if they are unable to visit in person.
2) Access useful tips and hints from our articles and videos on recognising their own support needs as carers and how to manage these. The articles also signpost to a range of online resources and helplines which can provide further information and support.
In addition, with restrictions on formal education and training, and health and social care professionals also facing isolation restrictions, our courses could also be a helpful resource for practitioners and students.
The courses are both currently open. We are currently exploring options to keep the courses open for longer and support as many people as possible.
We hope you can share the link to the course with as many people as possible.