Published on 20 Jul 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic still under way, seniors are encouraged to stay in due to their vulnerability to complications from an infection. Seniors with dementia may face difficulty understanding the need to stay home, as the ‘new normal’ disrupts their routines and can become disorienting for them.
Caring for people with dementia can also become tricky for caregivers if they do not have a care plan in place. How can we best help them and ourselves tide over difficult times? To make things easier, here are some guidelines for caregivers to follow:
Share what COVID is about.
Guide them to a new normal
Keep a clean and well-ventilated environment for them
Check in on them
What happens if you or other caregivers in the home fall sick or need to be away for an extended period of time? Preparation is key to avoid last-minute scrambling during an emergency. Here is a checklist to help you get started on creating a backup plan.
Seeking help from others is a completely viable option for caregivers, especially as it becomes more challenging to adapt to caregiving through a “new normal”. In times of need, do not be afraid to reach out to your loved ones or neighbours for help.
There are also many organisations and services that can provide support. The Alzheimer’s Disease Association is an excellent place to learn more about how to care for seniors living with dementia, especially during this period.
You can also apply for SPOC-19 to better support yourself and your senior. With SPOC-19, the public and ground enforcement authorities will be able to recognise that your senior has dementia, and can offer appropriate assistance for them.
Hang in there, and remember that you are not alone during this period!
Download our free Dementia Resource
Understanding Dementia – click here for free PDF Download
NTUC Health Services for Dementia
You may visit the NTUC Health website to find out more information on our services. Services such as Home Personal Care Services and Dementia Care at our Day Centres for Seniors are some options that provide care for people living with dementia.
You may also call NTUC Health at 6590 4300.
Caring for a loved one with dementia may require professional caregiving help. Find tips on how to communicate with a loved one who has dementia, and how to choose the right service for your needs.
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