Dementia Pathways. For Health & Social Care Professionals

Information on COVID - 19

COVID - 19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. Its caused by a virus called Coronavirus.  

For health information and advice, read HSE pages on coronavirus. Information for healthcare professionals is available on HPSC

The National Dementia Office in collaboration with partners in response to the COVID-19 crisis have developed the following resources:

These resources should be read in conjunction with official HSE Guidance on www.hpsc.iewww.hselibrary.ie

Managing Isolation & Non-Cognitive Symptoms (NCS) of Dementia in Residential Care Facilities: This guidance is to address issues specifically related to implementing COVID-19 measures for people living with dementia in residential care facilities (RCF) for older people. It is to support staff in the management of non-cognitive symptoms of dementia, including mobilisation, when the person is confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 or is deemed a close contact. COVID-19: Managing Isolation and NCS of People with Dementia in Residential Care Facilities

Related Hygiene in Residential Care Facilities: This guidance is to address issues specifically related to implementing COVID-19 measures for people living with dementia in residential care COVID-19: Related Hygiene & the Person Living with Dementia in Residential Care Facilities

Grief: This guidance is to address issues specifically related to implementing COVID-19 measures for people living with dementia in residential care facilities and grieving in these exceptional times. COVID-19 and Dementia: Grieving in Exceptional Times

Residential Care Facilities: This document is for Residential Care Facilities (RCF) for Older People. It specifically addresses issues related to implementing COVID-19 measures for people living with dementia. COVID-19 Dementia & Advance Care Planning in Residential Care Facilities

COVID-19: Testing for the Person with Dementia; This guidance is to address issues related to testing people with dementia for COVID-19. COVID-19: Testing & the Person Living with Dementia

Community: This information is to support staff working in community services on issues that have or may arise in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak for people living with dementia and their family carers at home.COVID-19: Providing Care to Community Dwelling People Living with Dementia

Further resources are available for Family Carer's and the Person Living with Dementia on UnderstandTogether