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How Meeting Centres continue to support people affected by dementia: report on UK COVID-19 impact

Evans, Shirley ORCID:, Bray, Jennifer ORCID: and Brooker, Dawn ORCID: (2021) How Meeting Centres continue to support people affected by dementia: report on UK COVID-19 impact. Working with Older People. ISSN Print: 1366-3666 Online: 2042-8790

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, MCs in the UK, ceased to meet physically but continued to provide remote support. The aim was to understand the extent to which MCs were able to operate when physical meetings were not possible and how they achieved particularly in relation to the Adaptation and Coping Model and practical, emotional and social adjustment.
Semi-structured interviews and focus groups were conducted with people affected by dementia, staff, volunteers, managers and trustees from four Meeting Centres (MCs) in the UK. Data were collected on the type and quantity of contact MCs had with people affected by dementia during lockdown. Data were coded and mapped against adaptation and coping strategies i.e. practical understanding and empowerment, optimising emotional well-being and opportunities for social engagement.
A range of remote approaches, both technological (eg. using online platforms) and non-technological (eg. newsletters and post) were implemented alongside limited face-to-face contact. Regular MC activities were adapted using the different approaches. It was possible to map all the Adaptation and Coping model support strategies to the activities delivered in this way. MCs were able to adapt rapidly to continue to support people to adjust to change.
Moving forwards, combining approaches (usual MC and remote) means person-centred support could be optimised, addressing social isolation and reaching those who cannot attend MCs.
This article offers new insight into the extent to which community-based support for people with dementia can continue when face to face contact is not possible due to COVID-19.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: older people, well-being, social care, vulnerability, social inclusion, quality of life, dementia, social isolation, COVID-19, community-based support, adaption and coping model, adjusting to change
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Jennifer Bray
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2021 11:49
Last Modified: 19 May 2021 11:08

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