- East Lothian Dementia Advisor (Michael Huddleston) can be contacted on 07831 859490 or email@example.com
- Alzheimer Scotland’s 24-hour dementia helpline 0808 808 3000
OTHER IMPORTANT CONTACTS
Where carers and family and friends are unable to provide essential care for someone, they should contact their local social work department. Contact details here:
Adults/Adult Carers (Office Hours)
East Lothian Health and Social Care Phone: 01875 824 309
Out of Hours: 0800 731 6969
Carers of East Lothian
T: 0131 665 0135
This is a fast-moving situation and advice and information is being updated regularly. The following links are useful for staying up to date with national and local responses and how they will affect you:
EAST LOTHIAN COUNCIL
The following information has been adapted from the Alzheimer Society website:
Coronavirus: Information for people affected by dementia
If you’re caring for a person living with dementia, you may be more worried about coronavirus. There are some things you can do to help prevent the person from catching any germs or viruses. If you need to self-isolate, there are also other ways to support the person with dementia.
• Check that they have handwash and hand sanitiser available – and that any visitors know to make use of it
• Clean things that are handled a lot, such as remote controls, door handles and taps
• If the person or their primary carer is self-isolating, you might help out with practical tasks. The person might need shopping dropped off, medicine collected or some library books left for them – ask how you can help
• Make sure the person has access to the medication they need. If you or the person with dementia is advised to self-isolate, speak to a GP or local pharmacist to make sure they will have a supply. Keep checking in to make sure they are continuing to take the right medication.
• Check that they know who to call if they get unwell – leave the number prominently displayed
• If the person is going to be stuck in doors for a while, encourage them to stay active and consider gentle exercises. Try to make sure they have activities that they can engage in at home as well; reading, magazines, jigsaws, music, knitting, their favourite TV/radio programmes available
• Keep in touch. If you can’t visit the person, then stay in contact by phone, post, email or Skype. Tell the person that you’re thinking of them and encourage others to do so as well.
• Carers who do not already have an emergency plan in place may want to talk with family and friends about who could take over their caring role if they become ill or need to self-isolate – particularly while social work services are under additional pressure during the coronavirus outbreak. It will also be important to make sure you have key information about the person you care for easily available – so that anyone taking over care has all the information they need: www.enable.org.uk/emergencyplanning
• Make sure that they have Alzheimer Scotland’s 24 hour helpline 0808 808 3000 so that they know that we are here to help.