[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 1, August 2012].
In Ireland there are over 41,000 people living with dementia currently, and this number is expected to increase to over 100,000 by 2036.
This wide-ranging project aims to improve the all-round knowledge and dementia-awareness of care staff in the Republic of Ireland about caring for older people with dementia. The National Dementia Education Project provides guidance for nursing and care staff, working across all care groups in Ireland’s HSE, to facilitate the creation of caring and dignified environments and adopt person-centred approaches to dementia care.
This framework document assembles the suite of programmes which are available through the National Dementia Education Project. The broad programmes / topic areas comprise:
- A generic dementia education and awareness programme.
- The level 8 dementia champion module.
- Supporting the person who presents with behaviours that challenge.
- Early identification of memory problems in the older person.
- A home care worker information booklet and CD.
Republic of Ireland’s Health Service Executive (2012). A guiding framework for education and awareness in the development of person centred dementia care: National Dementia Education Project 2012. Dublin: Health Service Executive; Republic of Ireland, June 5th 2012.