We are meeting the challenges in dementia through the HSE & Genio Dementia Programme, with support from the Atlantic Philanthropies. The programme is developing and testing new service models which will improve the range and quality of community-based supports for people with dementia; inform public policy and investment in this area; and build the leadership in the field that is necessary in order to capitalise on the potential of the National Dementia Strategy. This approach is aligned with government policy, which emphasises the provision of services which support people to remain at home, living full lives for as long as possible, and supporting families and local communities in this goal. The high level aim of the programme is to develop and test a range of personalised, flexible and responsive supports and services and to demonstrate how these supports enable people with dementia to live full lives in their community for as long as possible.

The programme has three main elements:

1. Community-based supports for people with dementia.

a. Developing community-based supports for people with dementia across a geographical area – four projects have been working over three years to develop an integrated range of services and supports that are determined by the needs and preferences of people with dementia. These individualised supports included innovative models of respite and also the provision of assistive technology. The projects also undertook a wide range of education and training activities with the general public, volunteers, community organisations and health and social care professionals.

b. Developing individualised supports for people who are at a more advanced stage of dementia - five projects are working to design and provide supports for individuals who present with more complex needs, which will enable them to remain in their own home or similar setting through the provision of flexible, responsive supports to the person and their family.

2. Integrated care pathways (ICP) in acute hospitals for people with dementia.

This part of the programme focuses on the acute hospital sector. Three projects are developing integrated care pathways for people with dementia so that access to and discharge from an acute setting is as seamless as possible, and that their experience in an acute hospital is as good as it can be.

These community-based and ICP projects are described in more detail in the following pages. As the programme is ongoing, numbers reached will increase.

3. Supporting the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy.

This part of the programme builds on the learning from the earlier phases and is focused on two main tasks. Firstly providing technical support to the HSE to roll out Intensive Home Care Packages (IHCPs) for people with dementia. This support will focus on the development of indicators to monitor the quality and effectiveness of IHCPs.

The second area of work is focused on sharing learning from the experience around the country in implementing IHCPs and enhancing the integration of services for people with dementia. Learning sites have been identified and are located in:

  • Dublin North
  • Dublin North City
  • Dublin South West
  • Dublin South East
  • Waterford
  • Cork
  • Limerick
  • Galway

Dementia Learning Network

The HSE and Genio Dementia Programme has fostered a network of individuals across Ireland interested in learning about dementia and sharing skills and knowledge with others. We refer to this network as the Genio Dementia Learning Network. We would like to invite you to join this network and express your level of interest in involvement by completing the form below.

Level 1 - Dementia Learning Programme and Events

If you would like to receive information about the Dementia Learning Programme and Events please CHOOSE LEVEL 1 and complete the form below. Your details will added to our network list and you will receive updates and invites.

Level 2 - Dementia Communities of Practice

If you wish to become a member of the Dementia Communities of Practice, which are smaller groupings of practitioners interested in more in-depth engagement, please complete CHOOSE LEVEL 2 and complete the form below.

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Research & Evidence



Dementia Support Worker Initiative: 5 Steps to Living Well with Dementia in South Tipperary Project

Prof Suzanne Cahill, Dr Maria Pierce and Dr Andrea Bobersky, Trinity College Dublin

Flexible Respite Options of the Living Well with Dementia Project in Stillorgan and Blackrock

Prof Suzanne Cahill, Dr Maria Pierce and Dr Andrea Bobersky, Trinity College Dublin

Evaluation of the Genio Dementia Programme – Year One

Prof Eamon O’Shea and Edel Murphy, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway

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