[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 1, August 2012].
The Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC)’s Strategy for Dementia for Ireland proposes to develop a national strategy covering Alzheimer’s and other dementias by 2013. Strands of this strategy will raise awareness and public understanding of dementia, promote early diagnosis and intervention, and develop improved community-based services. Along with a transformation in public attitudes to dementia in Ireland the strategy is intended to change expectations about the rights of people with dementia, emphasising the centrality of the person with dementia in decision-making, and increasing the role of families and local communities in supporting community-based preferences where possible. The plan is to “dispel myths, shame and stigma surrounding dementia and enable people to live well with dementia” i.e. to survive with a measure of autonomy and well-being. Ireland’s National Dementia Strategy finally intends to allow people with dementia to die in dignity, with their complex needs met by an educated workforce skilled in dementia care.
This report assembles the evidence-based research in order to establish the foundations for the strategy. This evidence-based research review has the following scope and aims:
- Review demographic trends in Ireland and estimate current and future dementia prevalence rates.
- Specify the economic costs of dementia care.
- Review current service availability, based on a recent Health Service Executive (HSE) audit, and estimate future demand for services.
- Review best practice in dementia care; locally, nationally and internationally.
The main sections in this extensively researched report are headed as follows:
- Prevalence and projections of dementia.
- Economic and social costs of dementia in Ireland.
- Community-based health services for people with dementia.
- Community-based social care services for people with dementia.
- Services for people with dementia in acute care settings.
- Long-stay residential care services.
- Conclusion and References
Cahill, S. O’Shea, E. and Pierce, M. (2012). Creating excellence in dementia care: a research review for Ireland’s National Dementia Strategy. DSIDC’s Living with Dementia Research Programme. Dublin: Trinity College School of Social Work and Social Policy; Irish Centre for Social Gerontology; National University of Ireland (Galway), 2012.