How Did the COVID-19 Restrictions Impact People Living With Dementia and Their Informal Carers Within Community and Residential Aged Care Settings in Australia? A Qualitative Study

Katarzyna Małgorzata Lion, Wendy Moyle, Monica Cations, Sally Day, Lihui Pu, Jenny Murfield, Mark Gabbay, Clarissa Giebel

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore how formal social support changed after implementation of the COVID-19 public health measures and how these restrictions affected people living with dementia and their informal carers in Australia. Sixteen informal carers and two people living with dementia were interviewed between August and November 2020. Participants were asked about their experiences of the pandemic and the impact that the restrictions had on their lives and care. Thematic analysis identified four overarching themes describing (a) prepandemic limitations of the aged care system, (b) the aged care system’s response to the COVID-19 restrictions, (c) changes affecting informal carers, and (d) the challenges faced by people living with dementia. The findings highlighted the challenges faced by the Australian aged care system before the pandemic and the additional burden placed on informal carers who supported people living with dementia across residential and home settings during the pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-218
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
Volume28
Issue number3
Early online date8 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • dementia
  • informal carers
  • social support

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