Imagine Artsdem Broxtowe CIC – Written Evidence (LBC0101)
Lockdown Impact on Dementia Care in the Community
Unpaid dementia carers look after about 600,000 people with dementia who live in their own homes in the UK, saving the state billions of pounds per year. Without these ‘informal’ carers, many people with dementia would face long-term care admission against their wishes, and greater costs of care would fall to the taxpayer. Our survey, completed by 75 dementia carers, describes their experience of the UK lockdown (March-July, 2020). Findings suggest that national policy and local planning need to offer carers more help if/when another lockdown happens. The report presents the detailed survey results and recommends six strategies for improving the lot of dementia carers.
Lockdown had negative effects on carers’ wellbeing. It deprived them of the support and activities they need to look after individuals with dementia. National policy and lockdown strategy should:
Lockdown caused excess disability in people with dementia, who need responsive health care, social contact, exercise and cognitive stimulation to resist deteriorating with the disorder. Commissioners and professional bodies should:
Local authorities and community organisers should:
With appropriate virus control measures where necessary, this care management should include: