A WILMSLOW home care team has been praised for its work supporting people living with dementia during coronavirus.

Care found Home Care (Wilmslow), on Water Lane, was highlighted by Tatton MP Esther McVey during a debate at Westminster Hall about how COVID-19 outbreaks have impacted people affected by dementia.

Ms McVey said: “I know that in Tatton and across the country care workers, family members and helpers have worked tirelessly, and I put on record my thanks and appreciation to all those people.

“Oliver Stirk, director of Carefound Home Care in Wilmslow, told me that their carers have adapted to the situation. Their patients are no longer now allowed to go to the pub to have a Sunday lunch, so his carers are cooking for them at home, so they can have some kind of enjoyment. They have also done much to support the families to get online.”

The Wilmslow team was delighted to be praised for its efforts in supporting elderly people to live safely in their own homes during the pandemic.

Oliver Stirk said: “We’re very proud of the care and support our home care team provides in Tatton and it’s great to see their efforts referenced in Westminster.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented enormous challenges for families affected by dementia and we have seen some amazing examples of our carers going above and beyond and putting the specialist approach to dementia care we use into practice - the SPECAL method.”

People affected by dementia have been hard hit by COVID-19 and 27.5 per cent of those who died with the disease from March to June had dementia. Additionally, there were over 5,000 excess non-covid-19 deaths amongst people with dementia from January to July.

In Tatton, there are currently 812 people over the age of 65 with a registered dementia diagnosis from their GP.