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 helpline@alzheimer.ie Website/Live Chat: here

The National Helpline is expanding with a new free call-back service which offers people with dementia and family carers the opportunity to book a 1:1 session with a Dementia Nurse or a Dementia Adviser during the COVID-19 public health emergency. To make an appointment call the Helpline on 1800 341 341 or click here for more information.

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.

Useful resources for people with dementia and their families during COVID-19

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s Dementia Advisory Services team have prepared some information resources. The resources are for people living with dementia or at home caring for a person living with dementia and are experiencing less social contact. We hope you will find these resources helpful during these times of uncertainty.

We have also linked to external resources from partner organisations on a range of topics which we hope you find useful.

Tips for people with dementia and supporting people with dementia 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 from the Alzheimer Society of Ireland to help support people with dementia and their families in a challenging and rapidly changing situation.


Cheeverstown Speech and language therapy unit have developed a number of easy to read guides explaining the following:


Tallaght University Hospital have created some tip sheets:

Activities

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.

Read or download the below resources:


The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, DSIDC, The National Dementia Office & Understand Together have created COVID-19 Resource Hub Publications which is a collection of online resources for people with dementia, families and carers. To download click here.

The group have also created  a weekly activity planner for people with dementia, families and carers, ASI, DISDC, NDO and UT have been working.  To download click here


DSIDC have created some helpful activity resources that may help with social isolation during COVID-19.

For more information on any of the above resources visit http://dementia.ie/


Living well with Dementia Service South Tipperary have An At Home Activities Booklet compiled by Emma O’ Brien, occupational therapist at the Memory Technology Library. This is a resource for families and carers, giving ideas for activities at home please download here.

Changes in behaviour

Dementia can affect a person’s behaviour and there can be many reasons for a change in behaviour including changes taking place in the brain, being in pain, or change in routine.

For practical tips on coping with changes in behaviour read our new factsheet Practical Tips for Changes in Behaviour by clicking here.

We have information, videos and a number of factsheets with practical tips on understanding and managing these changes in behaviour. Click here for more information.

Talking to someone can help. Bottling up your feelings, or not taking the time to address them, is likely to make things worse. You can to speak in confidence to our Helpline by calling 1800 341 341, email helpline@alzheimer.ie or via Live Chat at www.alzheimer.ie

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


Banking & Payments Federation of Ireland (BPFI) have developed ‘Guide to Cocooning During Covid-19’ advising those who find themselves at home during these uncertain times, of how they can best bank from home. Click here to read.


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.


Family Carers Ireland have developed an Emergency Care Plan booklet. This document was developed by Family Carers Ireland in response to the Covid-19 outbreak at the request of our members but it can be used for any emergency. Click here for further information and to access the booklet.


Visit the HSE website for up to date information and guidance on Covid-19 by clicking here


Irish Hospice Foundation have developed a Care & Inform Hub to respond to the COVID-19 emergency in an informative and compassionate way. The Care & Inform Hub includes a range of information resources and videos focusing on the themes of Grief, Funerals in Exceptional Times, Planning Ahead and a suite of Resources for Healthcare Professionals to support and guide all who need it during this time. More information available by clicking here.


Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute have created a number of resources on supporting older people with food during COVID-19.


Mental Health Ireland have a section on their website called Minding Our Mental Health during COVID-19 which has articles, videos, and tips sheets all available by clicking here.

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

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