It is essential that Annual Health Checks continue to happen during the pandemic to reduce the risk to lives of people with a learning disability and ensure they stay healthy. Our GP practices are offering Annual Health Checks and this will mainly be using virtual formats that patients can manage. When a concern arises in the consultation, a physical examination can then be arranged as appropriate to that concern. Take a look at the below resources available to help support people to attend Annual Health Checks and get the most out of the consultation:
People affected by dementia remain the worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Social contact is are vital to the health and wellbeing of people affected by dementia.
Alzheimer's Society has a dedicated page on support for people affected by dementia during the pandemic, this also includes some stories about peoples experiences and the Dementia Talking Point online forum. Singing for the Brain has moved to virtual gatherings as well, Somerset contacts can help you to get involved.
Also take a look at Dementia Somerset for local contacts and services that can support people living with dementia, their family, friends and carers.
Jokes on you, Dementia! Join comedic legend Jo Brand, and others, at Joke’s on You, Dementia! Hosted by Hugh Dennis, the comedy event will be streamed over YouTube on 11th March at 7pm. Tickets and sign up are free, with audiences invited to donate what they can to make a huge difference to the lives of people living with dementia.
The Dementia Hero Awards 2021
The Dementia Hero Awards 2021, sponsored by Tunstall Healthcare, will showcase the stories of people doing outstanding things during the pandemic – Alzheimer's Society's dementia heroes. The awards will recognise the inspirational achievements of those caring for people with dementia, finding innovative solutions in research, and fighting for the rights of people with dementia.
Why not nominate someone who has inspired you? You can even nominate yourself! Just be sure to make your nominations by 5th March.
NHS Somerset Foundation Trust's Virtual Resource Hub provides excellent support for providers looking to improve accessible information. View their poster attached, or email LDVirtualResouceHub@SomersetFT.nhs.uk to book an appointment.
The Mental Capacity Act Resource Pack from Mencap provides useful terminology that simply explains how family carers can support decision making for individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities family.