Carers’ experiences of caring for a friend or family member with dementia during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Herron, D. L., Runacres, J., Ian Danton and Beardmore, J. 2023. Carers’ experiences of caring for a friend or family member with dementia during the Covid-19 pandemic. Dementia. 22 (3), pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1177/14713012221150298
AuthorsHerron, D. L., Runacres, J., Ian Danton and Beardmore, J.
Abstract

This study aimed to explore carers’ experiences of supporting a family member or friend with dementia through COVID-19 and experiences of hope and resilience during this time. Qualitative longitudinal research was undertaken in the UK, with 13 unpaid carers of people living with dementia who took part in two semi-structured interviews 8 weeks apart between June and October 2020. All transcripts were analysed using reflexive thematic analysis. Four themes were developed and included: COVID-19 impacted negatively upon everyday living; carer resilience: adapting to COVID-19; analysis of risk: safeguarding the person living with dementia; and thinking about the future with COVID-19. The results illustrated how the sudden changes which occurred during the pandemic negatively impacted on carers and people living with dementia in several ways, including additional responsibilities and taking away hope. The importance of continued formal and informal support for carers and people living with dementia during COVID-19 were highlighted. Formal services, care homes, and organisations need to be supported to implement procedures to ensure a safe environment during future lockdowns or periods of social restrictions. This will enable carers to remain visiting their family members and increase their confidence in accessing services and allowing paid carers to support their family member with dementia. These results have also illustrated the resilience of carers, who adapted to sudden changes which impacted negatively on their wellbeing and the wellbeing of the person living with dementia.

Keywordscarer; dementia; qualitative research; Covid-19; resilience; family carer
Year2023
JournalDementia
Journal citation22 (3), pp. 1-18
PublisherSAGE Journals
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/14713012221150298
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1177/14713012221150298
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9843153/
Output statusPublished
Publication dates11 Jan 2023
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Deposited03 Feb 2023
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