A WILMSLOW home care team has been praised by Tatton MP Esther McVey during a Westminster debate about dementia.

Carefound Home Care of Wilmslow was used as an example in Westminster by Ms McVey in relation to supporting people living with dementia during the coronavirus pandemic.

People affected by dementia have been hit hardest by Covid-19, and 27.5 per cent of the people who have died with the disease from March to June had dementia. There were more than 5,000 excess non-Covid-19 deaths among people with dementia from January to July. In Tatton there are 812 people over 65 with a registered dementia diagnosis from their GP.

Ms Esther McVey spoke about the experiences of some of her constituents at Westminster Hall on November 12 during a speech about the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on people who are affected by dementia.

She 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 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.”

Oliver Stirk, managing director of Carefound Home Care, said his team was delighted to be praised for their efforts in supporting elderly people to live safely in their own homes during the pandemic.

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

“The pandemic has presented enormous challenges for families affected by dementia, and we have seen amazing examples of our carers going above and beyond and putting the specialist approach to dementia care we use into practice."