This MOOC was developed before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has meant that we are all finding new ways of working and limitations on our working practice. This is also the case for caring for the older person.
COVID-19 has had a profound effect on the health of the older person, therefore when looking at planning care for the older patient, we need to be mindful of the state of alert and the standard operating procedures with the dental practice, the care home or residential home that we may be working in.
Due to the fast changing nature of COVID-19, it is not possible to detail specific information on the topic of COVID-19 and gerodontology. However, up-to-date regulations, guidance and advice can be found in the below resources...
The COVID-19 section on the AWFDCP website has all the relevant advice for those working in Wales, however if you are working in other areas of the UK, you should seek relevant local guidance.
Information on COVID-19 and older people is available from the British Geriatrics Society