Our partner, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s A-LIST®, an online community for those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, recently conducted a survey and follow up survey that focused on the dramatic impact COVID-19 has had on caregivers of individuals with this disease. In sharing these results, Home Instead Senior Care Gerontologist and Caregiver Advocate Lakelyn Hogan, noted: “It was no surprise to me, nor to those who care for someone with a dementia illness, I’m sure, that stress is at an all-time high.”Among the findings of the survey, conducted in the United States March 25-30, 2020: 82 percent of caregivers say their stress is higher now because of the coronavirus. Additionally, the survey revealed:
Nearly three-quarters of those who are taking care of people with Alzheimer’s disease at home are unsure what would happen to their loved one if the caregiver got sick with the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to the survey.In addition to the 71 percent of caregivers unsure of what would happen if they became infected, 33 percent said they were unsure what to do if their loved one with Alzheimer’s becomes sick. The survey also found that coronavirus restrictions at assisted living facilities have meant that many family members are unable to see or assess the health status of their loved one.A smaller set of survey respondents who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia in assisted living facilities have higher stress because of visitation restrictions at the facilities.
“What challenging times we are experiencing,” Hogan said. “But there are resources and help available to those who are trying to manage the care of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Home Instead Senior Care offices are open for business throughout the United States ready and willing to assist seniors in their homes.”COVID-19 and Caregiving Resources
“Take each day as it comes and remember to reach out for help if stress starts to wear down your physical health and mental peace,” Hogan said. “Remember, many faith communities as well as counselors are offering online support and consultations for families in crisis.”