As restrictions have eased and some aspects of life have returned to something more like normal, how have things changed for people with CP?
Thank you to everyone who completed the survey about living with CP during the pandemic, and how it’s affecting your lives.
This is what the survey said:
- 76% said that the Covid-19 situation had put more pressure on family life
- Over 50% said that their family was more isolated as a result of the restrictions.
- 71% reported that any care arrangements they had in place previously were not yet back to the levels they were pre-Covid.
- 55% responded that their physical health had declined
- 53% responded that their mental health had declined
- 30% of the survey classed themselves as “shielding” although only 8% reported that they had received an official letter, reflecting how vulnerable people felt as a result of their condition.
- 58% reported difficulty in accessing support from physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy with 51% only able to access healthcare services online or via telephone.
- 79% of families have sent their children back to school but of those who haven’t, 20% felt that their school or nursery would not be safe and 20% reported that the school or nursery could not currently accommodate their child.
- 82% of respondents were happy with the level of support they had received from Cerebral Palsy Scotland.
What does this tell us?
Following on from the results of the Impact of COVID for people with CP May 2020, these updated results show that people with CP and their families have found restrictions particularly difficult, despite the need to combat COVID-19.
- People feel more isolated and unsupported
- Care and health services have not yet been fully restored
- More than half report decline in physical and mental health and wellbeing
- Many cannot access the health services they need
Read the survey results, other peoples experiences and the conclusion in full here.
The previous survey results from May 2020 are available Impact of COVID for people with CP May 2020.
CP Connect – therapy and support during Covid
During the Covid outbreak, Cerebral Palsy Scotland’s CP Connect service is offering free therapy and support to children and adults.
CP Connect aims to help address the physical and emotional needs of people with CP at this time, and help build strength, mobility and confidence.