Research to focus on Covid-19 impact on people living with dementia

Kathryn Smith, Alzheimer’s Society chief operating officer

Alzheimer’s Society is carrying out research about how coronavirus is impacting people living with dementia.

Chair of Care England and founder of Hallmark Care Homes Avnish Goyal, who is an ambassador of the charity, is helping with the research and asking care home managers to complete a short set of questions to find out the challenges they face in dealing with Covid-19 health crisis.

Answers will be used to inform Alzheimer’s Society’s campaigning and follows the release of Office for National Statistics figures that showed there were 2,794 deaths in care homes in the week to 24 April, up from 2,050 the week previous.

More than 400,000 people live in care homes in the UK and 70% have dementia, many with other underlying conditions.

Kathryn Smith, Alzheimer’s Society chief operating officer at said: ‘Care homes have become the ‘forgotten front line’ in the fight against coronavirus. Following our urgent letter to Matt Hancock, we are keeping a close watch to make sure the government’s plans to help care home residents are backed up by actions and not just words.’

To complete the survey click here.