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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | October 2020

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Increasing need for telehealth services for families affected by dementia as a result of Covid-19

Increasing need for telehealth services for families affected by dementia as a result of Covid-19
Dementia care

Article topics: Admiral Nursing, Covid-19, Dementia, Helplines, Telehealth

There is no doubt that families affected by dementia have faced many new challenges as a result of Covid-19. The suspension and closure of support services, enforced lockdown and changes to important daily routines have influenced the way in which families affected by dementia have gained support. Health and social care services have recognised the need to adapt by incorporating telehealth as a substitute to existing care models; however, some have faced challenges in providing such care to this patient population. This paper explores the use of telephone helplines as a means of support for families affected by dementia during Covid-19, commenting on the advantages and disadvantages and reflecting on the experience of a dementia specialist helpline nurse.

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