Dementia Australia has translated its resources to help people with dementia during the pandemic into more than 30 languages.

The four help sheets, which were launched in March, provide tips for aged care providers, home care providers, people  with dementia and carers, families and  friends of people with dementia.

The resources are now available in 38 languages including Armenian, Cantonese, Dutch, Greek, Japanese, Khmer, Polish, Punjabi, Russian and Turkish.

The resource for residential aged care providers outlines the impacts COVID-19 may have on residents, tips on alternative activities and how to support continued engagement with families and carers.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the translations would support people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities including the 18 per cent of people in residential aged care from non-English speaking countries.

Maree McCabe

“The translation of these help sheets will assist people from non-English speaking backgrounds living with dementia, their carers, families, friends, community groups and providers to achieve the best possible outcomes during this pandemic,” Ms McCabe said.

“At this time, people living with dementia are some of the most vulnerable groups in society. The needs of all people living with dementia must be a priority in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak,” she said.

Ms McCabe said the resources would help people navigate complex conversations about dementia and COVID-19 in their own languages.

The help sheet for home care providers outlines the impacts COVID-19 may have on a person with dementia, tips to reduce heightened anxiety and where to go for help.

For people living with dementia, the resource includes hygiene tips, an outline of the importance of having a good support network and ideas to remain active and engaged while in self-isolation.

The help sheet for carers, families and friends of people with dementia also includes helpful tips for primary carers, families and friends or neighbours.

Access the resources here.

Online dementia program for aged care workers

Elsewhere, Dementia Australia has also developed three virtual classrooms to assist aged care workers with the strategies and skills to care for people living with dementia during COVID-19.

The online interactive sessions address unique challenges related to dementia including:

  • engaging and connecting with people living with dementia through COVID-19
  • supporting behaviour changes during COVID-19 restrictions
  • understanding dementia.

The educational resources aim to support everyone working in residential aged and community care, particularly people working in regional areas where distance may limit access to education programs, Ms McCabe said.

 “With the sessions online, staff from multiple sites are able to join the sessions together, which stimulates the sharing of knowledge and experience and ultimately working better together as a team,” Ms McCabe said.

Dementia Australia is offering a discount for group sessions until  31 October.

Find out more here.

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