According to a recent report from the Scottish government, the Covid 19 pandemic has caused people with dementia to deteriorate “faster than would normally be expected,”
The coronavirus indicated that the possibility of individuals getting a timely diagnosis was decreased, as were the support options until the condition was confirmed.
The Scottish Government, however, has also vowed that people with dementia and their families will benefit from increased access to respite and community services, as well as stronger after-diagnosis treatment – a pledge contained in the latest Action Plan for Dementia and Covid-19.
In Scotland, there are nearly 90,000 people living with dementia, most of whom live at home, while around a third are in nursing homes.
The strategy recognizes that the “necessary restrictions on all our freedoms” have a “disproportionate impact on people with dementia and on the stress, trauma and anxiety of those who care for them.”
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Many people living in the dementia community have experienced their health and overall well-being is declining faster than would usually be expected,”Many people living in the community with dementia have experienced their condition and overall well-being deteriorate more quickly than would normally be expected.”
He also recognized that, as with post-diagnostic service options, “the pandemic, as a result of the limitations, has reduced the likelihood of receiving a timely diagnosis,”
Although support systems were interactive, some of those online resources “worked well.” the report said.
“people with dementia living alone were often not seen by friends or other group members simply because they could not operate the technology, and broadband quality in some parts of Scotland remains a challenge, especially when using cameras to connect with and see friends.”people living alone with dementia were often not seen by friends or other members of the group simply because they were unable to operate the technology, and broadband quality remains a challenge in some parts of Scotland, especially when using cameras to connect with and see friends.
“The Covid 19 pandemic had a significant impact on people with dementia and their carers, who had to cope with the necessary suspension of many normal services – not to mention the emotional impact caused by the necessary restrictions on visiting loved ones in care homes.” Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey said when the government released the new action plan.
She added, “We listened to individual experiences during the development of this recovery plan, including those of declining physical and mental health, social isolation, and the impact of delayed referrals during the course of the pandemic to post-diagnostic services.”
“While we hope the direct impact of the pandemic will diminish over the next year, individuals and families may continue to experience additional issues related to the impact and legacy of the pandemic,” he said.
“This plan lays out our coordinated response to these issues and how we will work together to support people in the months and years ahead.”
Ministers have also promised that unpaid carers with dementia care for loved ones will have access via Alzheimer’s Scotland to Scottish Government-funded NHS mental health services and therapy support.
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“Stuart Currie, spokesperson for health and social care for local authority organization Cosla, said, “The way a range of local authorities, independent and third sector providers, such as switching to telephone and digital provision, have had to adapt since the pandemic.
“Some of these services can continue to offer support, but we also want to see the return of place-based and face-to-face support services and the ability for people to use their community facilities,” he said.
“We’re committed to working in partnership to get things right for people with dementia, their families and caregivers.”
The proposal promises that the reopening of adult day programs for the benefit of people with dementia and their families will continue to be sponsored and supervised by agencies.
The initiative also promises to work to “improve integrated and coordinated support for people with dementia so they can live well and safely in their own homes, connected to their local community, for as long as possible.”