The Covid-19 pandemic took an “monumental toll” on individuals with dementia and their carers and steerage is required to reopen companies directly, the Alzheimer Society of Eire (ASI) mentioned.
Launching a brand new report, the charity mentioned the Covid-19 lockdown resulted in a “sharp deterioration of well being” for individuals with dementia whereas their carers discovered themselves burnt out, burdened, and anxious.
An estimated 55,000 individuals are dwelling with dementia in Eire and round 60,000 carers present help.
The report, ‘Caring and Dealing with Dementia Throughout Covid-19’, surveyed 126 carers and 15 individuals dwelling with dementia over a two-week interval in June.
It discovered 86% of carers surveyed have been involved a couple of decline of their beloved one’s well being, whereas 58% of individuals with dementia reported feeling “lonely”, “remoted”, “trapped”, and “confined”.
The charity’s helpline additionally reported elevated challenges for callers together with anxiousness, insomnia, aggression, and hallucinations.
In gentle of the findings, the ASI is in search of tips for the reopening of help companies, comparable to daycare, Alzheimer cafes, and help teams. It has additionally known as for added helps for household carers and ‘in-home’ helps for people dwelling with dementia.
Amy Murphy, an ASI dementia adviser working throughout North Cork, Co Limerick, South Clare, East Kerry and Tipperary, expressed alarm at witnessing a “deterioration in individuals’s dementia throughout lockdown”.
The lockdown proved “very difficult” for full-time carer Denise Monaghan and her 82-year-old father Seamus Cunningham who resides with Alzheimer’s.
Her father was unable to attend his ordinary daycare centre or socialise throughout the lockdown and is now struggling to recognise a few of his youngsters.
“Dad is a sociable man and it induced him nice confusion, not seeing buddies, neighbours and household. I’m apprehensive in regards to the influence it can have on him. He’s so used to cocooning now, he simply desires to remain in the home,” Denise mentioned, including it was “irritating” that she may get her hair or nails executed but very important day companies weren’t out there to help individuals like her father.
The charity has given the HSE a listing of help centres that might reopen and mentioned steerage on reopening have to be supplied directly.
“It’s clear from this report that face-to-face companies, comparable to daycare, should reopen as quickly as potential,,” ASI Chief Govt Pat McLoughlin mentioned.
For help or information, contact the Alzheimer’s Helpline on 1800 341 341.