Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospital care for people with dementia

Feedback from carers/families and hospital leads for dementia. 

The National Audit of Dementia (NAD) collected feedback between June and July 2020 to examine how the pandemic had affected hospital care for people with dementia. 

We would like to thank everyone who helped develop these surveys and everyone who completed them.

Related work

  • Emerging areas of positive practice highlighted in the report align with the work to embed an integrated approach to care as set out in the transformation framework (The ‘Well Pathway for Dementia’) , updated for the COVID era and the use of technology, aids and adaptations for people living with dementia in The Dementia Care Pathway: Full implementation guidance (2018).
  • To support the provision of person-centered care in inpatient settings for older people, including those with dementia, local NHS Trusts provide hospital passport templates that can be completed before attending hospital as an inpatient or outpatient. The hospital passport outlines, from the patient's perspective, what they would like staff to know about them and their care to help personalise their admission. In addition, the National Academy for Social Prescribing have put together a Personal Wellbeing Plan Template  which can be used to summarise what is most important to someone and shared, with consent, to support provision of personalised care, with services involved in their care.
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