Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on the Care and Quality of Life of People with Dementia and Their Carers: A Scoping Review

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Patricia Masterson-Algar, Maria Cheshire Allen, Martin Hyde, Norah Keating, Gill Windle
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Abstract:

This article reports on findings of a scoping review aimed to map the published literature concerning the impact of COVID-19 on the care and quality of life of people living with dementia and their carers.

Twenty-nine articles were included in the review.

Three overarching themes were identified:

  1. Impact on people with dementia – unmet and increased care needs;
  2. Impact on carers – increased stress and burden; and
  3. Impact according to demographics.

Overall, findings show that COVID-19 has led to a reduction in support from health and social services and to a move towards technology-based support. Furthermore, Covid-19 has had a negative impact on the care and quality of life of people living with dementia and their carers, and that this impact was influenced by the severity of dementia.

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