As the COVID-19 vaccination programme rolls out across the country, numerous people in high risk categories have already been contacted or had their injection.
Given that carers, relatives and registered Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for Health and Welfare may be required to support relatives with dementia in getting the COVID vaccine, Dementia UK has produced this brief online guide which includes information on gaining consent for the vaccine, respecting the person’s independence, and supporting them before, during and after the vaccine.
They have also made available this set of FAQs to support those living with dementia and their families and carers, including information on the vaccination programme, different living arrangements and how to deal with communication issues and isolation.
The Essex Autonomy Project has published a brief guide to the Mental Capacity Act including details on how to assess capacity and when a family member or caregiver is able to refuse the vaccine on behalf of a patient. The Alzheimer’s Society has also created a helpful guide for those supporting someone living with dementia.
Charity Books Beyond Words, who create accessible picture-books for people with intellectual disabilities and conditions like dementia, have released several leaflets relating to COVID-19 available for free.
Age Concern continues to provide their befriending service for people in later years across Colchester and North Essex. The service is now available by phone rather than face to face during the pandemic.