A new expert dementia consultancy service has been launched for care home staff in response to COVID-19.
Dementia Support UK: Connect, Consult, which is funded by innovation agency, Innovate UK, and provided by charity, HammondCare is now available to every care home in England.
Associate Professor Colm Cunningham, Director of Dementia Centre, HammondCare, said: “The aim of the service is to help staff, solve problems and give them confidence. We know that the care sector has been severely impacted by COVID-19, carers feel isolated and routines and support networks have been interrupted.
“This service will help the care home sector at this time of urgent need. Our consultants will be able to offer advice and support and share their extensive knowledge of dementia-related behaviours. We are a listening ear and additional support to help them offer the best care.”
The new service addresses an urgent need to help people living with dementia in care homes, their carers and families. People living with dementia have been impacted by coronavirus and the social isolation resulting from restrictions on family visits has led to depression and anxiety. Care staff are dealing with increased pressure and reduced staffing levels and interruption in services from other parts of the health and social care sector.
Executive Director of the National Care Forum, Vic Rayner, said: “Dementia care is a highly specialist area of care and ensuring the consistent delivery of person-centred care within a global pandemic is paramount. Therefore, it is very helpful at this time, that this new service provided by HammondCare and funded by Innovate UK will allow care homes free access to expertise from specialist colleagues to support the continued delivery of high quality care across the country.”
Care homes can access Dementia Support UK: Connect, Consult in the first instance by visiting dementiasupportuk.org.