Thank you for writing to me about coronavirus and the impact of Alzheimer’s. I have read your email carefully and noted the key points that you raise.
I recognise how challenging it is for families caring for loved ones during this difficult time, particularly those who have needed to take on extra responsibilities. The Government is working closely with system partners, stakeholders, local authorities and the care sector to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on people with dementia, and to identify what additional actions may be required to ensure safety, and access to the right support and care.
In addition, research through the National Institute for Health Research was commissioned on how to manage or mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on people with dementia and their carers living in the community. The research has considered the best ways to support people to stay well during the outbreak, including help to manage the psychological and social impacts of social distancing, self-isolation, and lockdown.
For more information, including summary leaflets, please see: http://www.idealproject.org.uk/covid/
I agree that we should do everything we can to offer support to people with long term health conditions, as well as those who support them, throughout this difficult time, and I will certainly continue to monitor this issue closely.
Thank you again for writing to me.
With best wishes.
Jonathan Lord MP
Member of Parliament for Woking