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A Narrative of a Certified Nurse in Dementia Care in Japan How to Compensate the Gap Caused by Visitation Restrictions Due to Coronavirus Disease

Version 1 : Received: 24 March 2022 / Approved: 28 March 2022 / Online: 28 March 2022 (15:13:31 CEST)

How to cite: Ohashi, Y.; Furukubo, Y.; Bunn, D. A Narrative of a Certified Nurse in Dementia Care in Japan How to Compensate the Gap Caused by Visitation Restrictions Due to Coronavirus Disease. Preprints 2022, 2022030370 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202203.0370.v1). Ohashi, Y.; Furukubo, Y.; Bunn, D. A Narrative of a Certified Nurse in Dementia Care in Japan How to Compensate the Gap Caused by Visitation Restrictions Due to Coronavirus Disease. Preprints 2022, 2022030370 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202203.0370.v1).

Abstract

This report is a narrative of a certified nurse working on a long-term rehabilitation ward for patients with dementia in Japan during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time visitation restrictions had been implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 causing psychological distress for patients and their families which nurses had to cope with . The nurse was interviewed twice September–October 2020. The recordings were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. Three themes were identified relating to changes in care in response to the pandemic which nurses had to adapt to: the risk of collapse of family members’ roles, anxiety caused by patients forgetting family members and family memories and increased disorientation. During the pandemic, nursing care needs to adapt, ensuring that family attachments and ties continue and minimizing the disruption caused by the pandemic, while ensuring that everyone remains Covid-safe.

Keywords

COVID-19; visitation restrictions; psychological distress; cognitive disfunction; long-term care; rehabilitation ward

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Nursing & Health Studies

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