The introduction of guidelines for people over 70 having to socially isolate themselves for the next four months, will have hit those who care for loved ones in the home, more keenly than most. Family carers have to work around the clock, often without time or help for themselves and trips out or visits from loved ones can be vital life lines. Now that the option of social groups and visits from family and friends have been limited or even taken away and combined with the worry and anxiety of the virus itself, life may begin to feel a little bleak. The Dementia Network would like to help in any way we can to make life feel a little brighter and to act as an outlet and resource for those who are confined to their homes.

During this unprecedented time, social distancing doesn’t necessarily have to mean being alone. The Dementia Network was created to help those navigating their journey with Dementia, find what they need, when they need it. To that end we will endeavour to help as many people as we can, keep connected and find support. Below are three ways you can start:

Getting started on our friendly online community couldn’t be easier. Simply follow this link You can browse the conversations that are already on there without needing to register, but if you feel you would like to reach out, registering is a simple process which only requires your email address and a few brief details. Speaking to people who may have experienced the same issue you have, will enable you share your burden and offer some comfort, as well as helping youth feel less alone.

We also have our Resources section Using the ‘Near My Location’ option in the search bar, you can find details of the Adult Social Care pages from your local council who may be able to help with extra support, as well as contact details for a number of Carer support websites who offer telephone helplines and advice for those who are caring for others. This resource is constantly updated so do check back if you can’t find what you need in your area, or get in touch and let us know where the gaps are. We love hearing from you!

News, top tips, legal and financial advice, book reviews and videos are all available here: helping you to find advice for an issue that may be worrying you or maybe pass the time in moments of calm.

If there is anything we can do to help you during the coming weeks and months, or anything you would like us to write about, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you know of any great online resources you would like us to add to help others, please email us with the details. We will be here for anyone who needs us until normality returns. You can email us directly at the dementia network