The Coronavirus pandemic has seen huge amounts of extra pressure for family and friends caring for their loved ones with dementia, according to a recent report.
The Alzheimer’s Society says that informal carers could be ‘completely burnt out’ by lockdown worsening the symptoms and difficulties with the social care system as a direct result of the pandemic.
No-one really understands the difficulties of caring for someone they love with dementia unless they have done it. And the Extra Hands Home Care team has the experience and training to help with a difficult situation.
“We can help and take some of the strain by providing respite care for families who are in need of a break. The pandemic is causing problems for all of us, but for those dealing with a loved-one who has dementia, life can be much harder,” said Jo Tier, Director of Care Services.
“Our carers are trained, experienced and ready to help either in the short or longer term. Respite care will allow friends and family to have some precious time off so they can re-charge and relax, which they will rarely be able to do while caring.”
The Alzheimer’s Society report, Worst Hit:Dementia during Coronavirus, lays bare the impact on the 850,000 people living with dementia - and the army of carers bearing the brunt of the challenge.
It found that 95 per cent of family carers who took part in the survey said extra caring hours had negatively impacted on their own health. Some 69 per cent said they felt constantly exhausted and 64 per cent being anxious.
“Our staff on the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Connect support line speak to family carers every day who cannot get time to see the GP, are working all hours and barely sleeping,” said the charity’s chief executive Kate Lee.
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