Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
We are eager to keep you all updated on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and to share any information that we have with you when we have it.
Our coordination team are meeting on a regular basis to monitor developments closely and we are working closely with each department.
Based on HSE advice on the protection of vulnerable people and to keep our staff and volunteers safe, we have decided to postpone a number of our supports and services including Day Care Centres, Support Groups, Social Clubs, Alzheimer Cafes and face-to-face Family Carer Training until further notice.
Due to the Covid-19 public health emergency, respite services provided in the Orchard Respite Centre in Blackrock, Co Dublin will be temporarily suspended from Friday, 27th March 2020. The service will be resumed once we are clear of the current Covid-19 emergency. Be assured that the HSE, the ASI and our service provider, Mowlam Healthcare, are fully committed to resuming services as soon as possible.
Services still operating
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is still supporting people with dementia and their families as our Home Care; Dementia Advisers; National Helpline, and Online Family Carer Training are all still running, our administration staff are operating from their homes across the country and in addition we are looking at new ways of providing ASI support to our clients and their families.
Our Home Care Service offers dementia specific, person centred care and our trained staff work with clients to ensure that we meet your needs. For more information on this service click here
Our Dementia Advisers work with people with dementia, their families and carers to provide a highly responsive and individualised information and signposting service. For more information on this service click here
For practical information and emotional support or information on our supports and services contact The Alzheimer Society of Ireland National Helpline which is open six days a week Monday to Friday 10am–5pm and Saturday 10am–4pm on 1800 341 341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Website/Live Chat: here
All of our online courses are continuing and will continue as normal. If you would like to apply to attend our Home Based Care-Home Based Education programme in the future, please click here for more information.
We will be reviewing these steps as new information and guidance becomes available from the HSE and Department of Health about Covid-19.
Our main priority is to provide support and advice to people with dementia as this situation evolves.
We are all in this together and can all play a part in this effort in our communities.
Tips for older people and supporting older people in the community
The outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19) may cause additional challenges for older people who may already be vulnerable and particularly those who struggle with health conditions, loneliness, and isolation. Below are some tip sheets to help support people with dementia and their families in a challenging and rapidly changing situation.
Supports available from organisations in Ireland during COVID-19
There are a number of organisations across the country who are working to support vulnerable people, including people with dementia at these challenging times. Click here to find out more
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland have a variety of information available to support families to help a person living with dementia to continue to enjoy activities in and around the home. Activities can enhance our self- esteem, help us to engage with the world around us and give meaning to our lives. Click here to visit our Activities page.
Additional resources for people with dementia / carers
ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports and outreach for older people on 0818 222 024 if you have concerns about your own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person you know. Further information can be found here
For information on Covid-19 please go to the HSE website here
Care Alliance Ireland have put together some useful information on Covid-19 for Family Carers on creating a backup plan. More information available by clicking here.
DSIDC have created some helpful resources that may help with social isolation during COVID-19. Click here for more information.
Tallaght University Hospital have created some tip sheets:
- for family carers living with persons with dementia
- for family carers not living with persons with dementia