Dementia UK have coronavirus advice for families looking after someone with dementia.

Calming techniques

This video provides calming techniques which may help a person with dementia as well as their carer. This includes a breathing technique known as the signal breath. 

Dealing with restlessness

Restlessness can present as someone pacing, fidgeting, or trying to leave
the house. Here are some techniques and approaches which can be used to prevent and manage potentially distressing situations

See more here: https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/understanding-changes-in-behaviour/dealing-with-restlessness/

See video here: https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/maintaining-health-in-dementia-videos

See more here: https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/coronavirus-covid-19/


The Alzheimer's Society have coronavirus advice for families looking after someone with dementia.

If you or someone you care for are worried about coronavirus and need support and advice, call the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456

Advice and practical tips for people living with dementia and those supporting them – either in the same household or from a distance, to help during the coronavirus pandemic. These include:

  • Helping prevent the virus from spreading by washing your hands often with soap and water (or if this isn’t possible, a hand sanitiser). And cleaning things you handle a lot such as remote controls and taps.
  • Arranging getting essentials like medicine and food, by speaking to your GP or local pharmacy, using online delivery services, or asking a friend, family member or community volunteer for help.
  • Making a plan of what to do if you or the person you care for become unwell, such as leaving the number(s) to call prominently displayed.
  • Staying active with gentle exercises and activities like reading, jigsaw puzzles, listening to music, knitting, watching or listening to the TV and radio.
  • Keeping connected with family and friends by phone, post, email or Skype. This is a challenging time for everyone, but a phone call can make all the difference.

For questions about dementia and tips if you find it difficult to follow the NHS advice about coronavirus:

  • Call the Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456.
  • Visit their website for the most up to date information and advice.
  • Join their online community Talking Point where you can connect with others affected by dementia in a similar situation.

Use their Dementia Connect online support tool to find dementia information and support that is right for you.