In collaboration with the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), ADA is offering additional support to persons living with dementia and their caregivers who may inadvertently violate COVID-19 safety measures due to their condition. Named “SPOC-19″ (‘Support for Persons living with dementia Over the COVID-19 period’), the initiative aims to help families who may have concerns regarding their loved ones with dementia who unintentionally break the Circuit Breaker rules.
Some persons living with dementia may lack the cognitive ability to fully understand the COVID-19 situation. As such, they may not comply with the Circuit Breaker measures like practising safe distancing or wearing a mask, or may gather at closed-off hawker centres and other public areas. Caregivers and social service agencies have voiced concerns regarding the safety of those with dementia, and their inability to comply with safety measures.
To help persons with dementia through potentially difficult situations, members of the public or ground enforcement authorities will recognise this vulnerable group easily through one of three identifiers and offer appropriate assistance. The three identifiers that persons with dementia and caregivers can produce are the ADA Memo, the Safe Return Card, and the ICED Sticker (‘In Case of Emergency, Dial’).