Caregivers of those with a Dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis have been hard hit with challenges in care during the Covid-19 pandemic. Mask wearing compliance is top on that challenge list.
Having a cognitive impairment that effects memory and reasoning, such as Alzheimer’s makes safety compliance near impossible. Burdened are the caregivers with constant reminders and explanations.
Many family caregivers are unable to leave the house to do essential errands, attend appointments, participate incommunity or family events solely because their loved is unable to comply with social distance, safety protocols and mask mandates.
Essential and informal support services have been suspended or significantly limited and many are prohibited in providing care to those that are unable to follow safety protocols.
It has been an exceedingly long year for all of us, but for family caregivers the toll has been monumental. Hope is on the horizon, but we are still many months away from a sense of assurance.
Reach out to those you know that are caring for someone at home. They are in need of all the help they can get, even if it is just a shoulder to cry on.
For suggestions on caregiving during the pandemic visit: the Alzheimer’s Association at Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alzheimer’s and Dementia | alz.org
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