COVID-19: Supporting family carers in making decisions for older relatives with dementia

  • Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Total publications:6 publications

Grant number: ES/V003720/1

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Key facts

  • Disease

  • Known Financial Commitments (USD)

  • Funder

    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    United Kingdom, Europe
  • Lead Research Institution

    University College London
  • Research Category

    Secondary impacts of disease, response & control measures

  • Research Subcategory

    Indirect health impacts

  • Special Interest Tags


  • Study Subject


  • Clinical Trial Details


  • Broad Policy Alignment


  • Age Group

    Adults (18 and older)Older adults (65 and older)

  • Vulnerable Population


  • Occupations of Interest

    CaregiversHealth Personnel


Background: If an older relative with dementia with suspected COVID-19 becomes unwell quickly, family carers and the person with dementia may have to make rapid decisions. Decisions may concern hospital admission or whether to receive care at home, social distancing, and which treatments the person may or may not wish to receive. This can include very difficult decisions such as whether the person wishes to be resuscitated or have other potentially traumatic treatments. These decisions will have an impact on the emotional wellbeing of both the family and person with dementia. Aim: We will produce an evidence-based decision tool to support family carers and people with dementia to make these difficult decisions during COVID-19. Methods: This project will consist of three phases: 1) We will identify key factors influencing the choice of place of death in older people, conducting a rapid review of the evidence; 2) We will review and analyse common challenges and decisions family carers of people with dementia are making in relation to COVID-19, from the Alzheimer's Society online community forum. We will also explore concerns of people living with dementia during COVID-19 reported on the forum and; 3) Together with people living with dementia, family carers and health care professionals, we will develop a decision tool for family carers and people with dementia to use when making difficult decisions. Dissemination and Impact: The tool will provide carers with a clear framework to help them to make decisions and ease feelings of guilt, burden, stress, strain and anxiety. We will work closely with Marie Curie Charity, Alzheimer's Society and British Geriatrics Society to disseminate the tool and our findings to the people who may benefit from using them.

Publicationslinked via Europe PMC

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Rapid development of a COVID-19 care planning decision-aid for family carers of people living with dementia.

Trust and inclusion during the Covid-19 pandemic: Perspectives from Black and South Asian people living with dementia and their carers in the UK.

Challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic by family carers of people living with dementia towards the end of life.

Exploration of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with dementia and carers from black and minority ethnic groups.

Rapid review of decision-making for place of care and death in older people: lessons for COVID-19.

Supporting families in end-of-life care and bereavement in the COVID-19 era.