Barcelona, April 30th 2020
Guide for Caregivers
5 tips from Fundació ACE for the self-care of caregivers in confinement
• The experts of Fundació ACE agree that preserving the rest and leisure time of caregivers is essential
• Living with dependent people can generate an overload that negatively affects the health of the caregivers, according to the entity
In the wake of the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus pandemic, many families are being kept at home to prevent the spread of the virus. People over 65 and with multiple illnesses, such as people with dementia, are a group at risk and therefore specific prevention and protection measures are essential to ensure their health and safety.
In this context, it is relevant to pay attention to the caregivers, who will be the ones to carry the burden of the cure 24 hours a day, unlike a normal situation in which the affected person can use care resources such as day centres.
That is why the Social Work and Day Care team of Fundació ACE, an entity for the diagnosis, treatment and research of Alzheimer's disease, has prepared a brief guide with advice for the emotional well-being and self-healing of the caregiver during confinement. Finding time for oneself is one of the recommendations included in the guide, a more difficult issue for caregivers in confinement. Also, since most caregivers of people with dementia are women, the burden of caring for a dependent person adds to the usual burdens that women usually have in the home.
Other Fundació ACE initiatives during the pandemic
In parallel, Fundació ACE has launched several initiatives during the pandemic to support the whole society. Among others, it has opened the first telephone information and advice line for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's, which serves anyone in the state who has a person with Alzheimer's or dementia on 93 430 47 20, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm.
It has also set up a telephone line exclusively for health professionals, a line available to the Health and Healthcare Consortium of Barcelona and open from Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 8 pm, which meets the specific demands of professional to professional.
More information in this link.