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Supporting Care Home Residents Living with Dementia and Hearing Loss and the Impacts of COVID-19 on Current Practice

Project statusOngoing
Contact Hannah Cross
Host institution University of Manchester
Team members Hannah Cross, Dr Rebecca Millman, Prof Chris Armitage, Dr Piers Dawes, Prof Iracema Leroi
Funding information (if funded) Alzheimer's Society
Project Summary

Both dementia and hearing loss are highly prevalent in care home residents and often lead to poor outcomes such as impaired communication and reduced quality of life. Despite this, previous literature suggests that hearing loss is often poorly managed in care homes, particularly for residents living with dementia. It is likely that COVID-19 has exacerbated existing communication difficulties and access to hearing rehabilitation. For example, by the use of face masks and visors, audiology visitation restrictions, social distancing and other measures. This study will address the driving factors for providing hearing loss support and barriers to doing so in the care home setting, taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic within care homes.

The study adopts a mixed-methods approach with both online surveys and follow-up semi-structured interviews. Participants include frontline care home staff such as registered nurses, care workers and other healthcare professionals.

Outputs / Expected Outputs

Mid 2021

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Supporting Care Home Residents Living with Dementia and Hearing Loss and the Impacts of COVID-19 on Current Practice