People living with dementia have had to face new and unexpected challenges during the coronavirus epidemic. There have also been new challenges for family members and friends supporting people living with dementia.

People with dementia and carers have experienced a lot of practical and emotional difficulties due to the coronavirus restrictions. However, many have found good ways of coping.

Restrictions on social contact due to coronavirus will be with us for some time. This website is here to help and support people affected by dementia during this period. It is the home of the Living Well Alongside COVID (LILAC) toolkit. LILAC offers information, suggestions and links to other resources.

Update July 2020

After the lockdown, things are gradually opening up again, but various measures are in place to reduce the risk of infection. The exact rules about what we can and can’t do are different depending whether you live in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Some towns or cities may have extra local restrictions if there is a surge in coronavirus cases. Check what is recommended in your local area.

These things are still important for everyone:

  • When out and about, stay at least 2 meters (6 feet) apart from other people wherever possible.
  • Wash your hands regularly, or if this is not possible, use hand sanitiser.

These are some of the recent changes:

  • You can meet with people from other households, so it is possible to see family and friends. It is safest to be outdoors. Check what is allowed in your area.
  • You may have to wear a face covering (such as a mask) in public places such as shops and on public transport. This is compulsory in some areas.
  • You can travel to different places. Some places may not be open or may only allow a small number of visitors, so call or check online before you travel. You may have to book in advance. There will be instructions on-site about what to do when you get there.
  • Cafes, pubs and restaurants are open in some areas but you may have to sit outside or buy food and drink to take away.
  • Facilities like gyms and swimming pools are open in some areas. There may be new rules about what you can and can’t do while you are there, so call or check online before you go.