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  • Illustration of two hands touching next to a white flower
    Illustration of two hands touching next to a white flower
    Fred and Jo

    Posted on January 17, 2021

    This blog recounts a carer’s thoughts and actions following his partner’s diagnosis.

    Living with lockdown
  • Image showing a artist's graphic detailing what the Place Standard Tool is
    Image showing a artist's graphic detailing what the Place Standard Tool is
    Sainsbury’s Citizen Environment Audit

    Posted on December 21, 2020

    Here we provide an overview of our Sainsbury’s Raploch citizen’s environment audit.

    Environment
  • Illustration showing a series of closed doors with essential items left outside
    Illustration showing a series of closed doors with essential items left outside
    Maintaining contact with OCN participants during the COVID-19 pandemic (part two)

    Posted on November 26, 2020

    For all their determination to remain cheerful and positive, all the carers I have spoken to have witnessed a marked deterioration in their loved one’s overall condition. This relates to both their mental and physical state. The experience of lockdown has clearly exacerbated this situation and brought a new level of anxiety to people who were already having difficulties in coping.

    Living with lockdown
  • Illustration of two hands touching next to a white flower
    Illustration of two hands touching next to a white flower
    Maintaining contact with OCN participants during the COVID-19 pandemic (part one)

    Posted on November 19, 2020

    It goes without saying that this has been a trying time for us all. 2020 has thrown up so many problems and difficulties for people living with dementia and their carers that it’s difficult to know where to begin.

    Living with lockdown
  • Illustratio showing two figures waving at one another from a safe distance, separated by a tall flower.
    Illustratio showing two figures waving at one another from a safe distance, separated by a tall flower.
    Reality check: the true impact of COVID-19 on those providing support services

    Posted on October 21, 2020

    Davina and Dawn, both Dementia Services Co-ordinators with Town Break in Stirling, talked with OCN volunteer Janet Wood to explain the many ways in which the current pandemic has impacted on the charity’s work.

    Living with lockdown
  • Graphic showing a face covered with a face mask, surrounded by forget-me-not flowers
    Graphic showing a face covered with a face mask, surrounded by forget-me-not flowers
    Care home and Personal Protective Equipment

    Posted on October 15, 2020

    The following is an account of one participant’s experience of the pandemic, changing guidance and visiting a loved one in a care home setting.

    Living with lockdown
  • Our Connected Neighbourhoods participants at Kings Park in Stirling
    Our Connected Neighbourhoods participants at Kings Park in Stirling
    OCN Vlog A Walk in the Park

    Posted on October 12, 2020

    What has the impact of Covid-19 been for a person living with dementia on their own?

    Living with lockdown
  • Graphic showing four doctors against a blue background. Inspired by images of exhausted doctors and nurses.
    Graphic showing four doctors against a blue background. Inspired by images of exhausted doctors and nurses.
    Hospital experiences COVID-19

    Posted on September 4, 2020

    Feedback from OCN participants indicates an urgent need for better education and understanding of dementia by hospital staff, particularly those in non-clinical positions.

    Living with lockdown
  • Alzheimer Scotland logo
    Alzheimer Scotland logo
    Alzheimer Scotland: A COVID-19 case study

    Posted on August 28, 2020

    Donna Paterson, Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Advisor for Stirling and Clackmannanshire, talks to Kevin Harrison at Our Connected Neighbourhoods.

    Living with lockdown
  • Graphic showing rows of coloured circles with a heart at the centre
    Graphic showing rows of coloured circles with a heart at the centre
    SSAFA: a case study of third sector support during Covid -19

    Posted on August 21, 2020

    SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, has a tremendous operation utilising caseworkers and volunteers to reach people at any stage of their military career and support them in crisis.

    Living with lockdown
  • Illustratio showing two figures waving at one another from a safe distance, separated by a tall flower.
    Illustratio showing two figures waving at one another from a safe distance, separated by a tall flower.
    Caring from a distance

    Posted on July 31, 2020

    Throughout lockdown OCN has maintained phone contact with two gentlemen whose wives have dementia. Both provided care at home until the time came where they had no choice but to place their partners into residential homes.

    Living with lockdown
  • Illustration of creative responses to COVID-19 lockdown on the balconies of a residential building
    Illustration of creative responses to COVID-19 lockdown on the balconies of a residential building
    When You Can’t Get Dressed Up and Go Out – The Importance of the Occasion and Neighbourhood During Lockdown

    Posted on July 24, 2020

    Thursday Evenings. 8pm. It starts as a murmuring clap. The silence is broken and as doors open and pots are banged, a neighbourhood in stasis, in paralysis, comes to life.

    Living with lockdown