The coronavirus pandemic has impacted heavily on people living with dementia and their family members. People who are living in care homes have been separated from relatives and friends for months, in many cases causing a deterioration in their emotional, mental and physical health.
Caroline shared her story with us back in April 2020, and spoke about the impact of being separated from her husband Duncan who has young onset dementia and lives in a care home.
YoungDementia UK, as part of a group of seven dementia organisations who have come together to speak as One Dementia Voice, is calling for change from the Government. We want the Government to
• Grant designated family and friend carers the same key worker status as care home members of staff.
• Provide coronavirus testing for family and friend carers
• Recognise the legal obligations to ensure that people’s human rights are recognised, respected, and upheld in all care settings.
If you live in England and would like to email or write to your Member of Parliament to support this campaign, One Dementia Voice members tide has created a template letter which you can download here.
If you would like to include your own experience you can put this in the fourth paragraph where it says [INSERT YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO VISIT SOMEONE WITH DEMENTIA IN A CARE HOME HERE].
You can explain your relationship to the person ie Husband, Wife, Son, Daughter, Parent... or Friend where it says (INSERT RELATIONSHIP)
You could also call your Member of Parliament’s office and arrange an appointment to speak with them. You can find your local Member of Parliament and their contact information here.