Coronavirus Support for patients affected by dementia

A Message from Alzheimers UK

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. We understand this is a worrying time for everyone, especially for those affected by dementia. We want you to know that we’re here for you, and we will help you get the support you need.

If you or someone you care for are worried about coronavirus and need support and advice, call our Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456.

Dementia and coronavirus

Advice for everyone 

To prevent the spread of coronavirus, the government have advised that we must all stay at home. There are only a few exceptions to this, such as if you are a key worker or if you need to get essentials like food and medicine.

Advice for people affected by dementia

We have created advice and practical tips for people living with dementia and those supporting them – either in the same household or from a distance, to help during the coronavirus pandemic. These include:

  • Helping prevent the virus from spreading by washing your hands often with soap and water (or if this isn’t possible, a hand sanitiser). And cleaning things you handle a lot such as remote controls and taps.
  • Arranging getting essentials like medicine and food, by speaking to your GP or local pharmacy, using online delivery services, or asking a friend, family member or community volunteer for help.
  • Making a plan of what to do if you or the person you care for become unwell, such as leaving the number(s) to call prominently displayed.
  • Staying active with gentle exercises and activities like reading, jigsaw puzzles, listening to music, knitting, watching or listening to the TV and radio.
  • Keeping connected with family and friends by phone, post, email or Skype. This is a challenging time for everyone, but a phone call can make all the difference.

We can answer all your questions about dementia and give you tips if you find it difficult to follow the NHS advice about coronavirus.