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Dementia and Parkinson's Disease: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL5848, tabled on 17 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support is in place for the carers and family members of those people with Parkinson's disease dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies who may be experiencing greater levels of distress following the COVID-19 lockdown.

Answered on

6 July 2020

We recognise the crucial role that unpaid carers play in supporting people with conditions like dementia, especially during the pandemic.

On 8 April we published COVID-19 guidance for unpaid carers in an online only format on GOV.UK to support carers during the pandemic, which includes general advice on infection control and caring where someone has symptoms.

We have commissioned research through the National Institute for Health Research on the best ways to mitigate the psychological and social impact of COVID-19 on people with dementia living in the community and their family carers. Work has already started with phased outputs to August 2020.