Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospital care for people with dementia

Following consultation with stakeholders the National Audit of Dementia team examined how the pandemic had affected inpatient care for  people with dementia and to identify examples of good practice. They developed three separate short surveys for people with dementia, their carers/families and for hospital leads for dementia. The surveys were open between 17 June and 17 July 2020. Completion was optional and all feedback anonymous.

Links were emailed directly to clinicians leading their organisation’s dementia strategy (hospital leads), and surveys for people with dementia and their carers were circulated online, via social media and through networks of representative organisations and charities. The results of the surveys highlight the negative impact of the pandemic on the quality of inpatient care for people with dementia, as well as providing encouraging examples of emerging good practice.

You can see the report on their website here.

They have also produced a one page summary, and put together some tips about communication that arose from the feedback.



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