We are working with government and philanthropy to meet the challenges in dementia through the HSE & Genio Dementia Programme. The aim of the programme is to ensure people with dementia continue to lead self-determined lives at home connected to their family, neighbours and community for as long as possible. The programme involves developing and testing a range of personalised, flexible and responsive supports and services. Personalising services means giving people what they need, when and where they need it putting the person at the heart of service design and delivery. This work is aligned with government policy and supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Early Innovation in Dementia

To date €4.9m innovation funding has been awarded to 13 dementia projects around Ireland in partnership with the Health Service Executive Ireland (HSE) and the Atlantic Philanthropies. These projects represent the 'early innovation' phase of our work in dementia (see the Genio Model). Explore our interactive map of Ireland to view dementia projects funded through Genio. Use the filters to view by areas of interest and counties. Brief descriptions of each project are provided along with details of the grant awarded.

Community-based supports for people with dementia: Nine community-based projects were being supported through the programme between 2012 - 2017 across broad geographical areas in Ireland. These projects are developing a range of services and supports that are determined by the needs and preferences of people with dementia from early to more advanced and complex stages.

Transition between hospital and the community: This element of the programme focuses on the acute hospital sector. Three projects are developing integrated care pathways (ICP) for people with dementia so that access to and discharge from hospital is as seamless as possible, and that their experience is as good as it can be. Some of the work being undertaken by the hospitals include staff awareness-raising and education; environmental changes; enhanced integration of services; and process improvements. See what's happening in Cork Mercy Hospital.

Scaling Innovation in Dementia

This element of the dementia programme represents the 'scaling phase' of our work in dementia (see the Genio Model) and is supporting the implementation of Intensive Home Care Packages (IHCPs) for people with dementia. A Home Care Package is a set of services provided by the HSE to help an older person to be cared for in their own home. Services provided through an Intensive Home Care Package are flexible, but might include home support hours, nursing care, physiotherapy, respite care etc. to support the person with dementia’s needs. Genio is supporting the HSE with the implementation of personalised IHCPs, which includes sharing learning from the experience around the country of implementing IHCPs for people with dementia and enhancing the integration of services. Genio has also been commissioned to carry out a research study on the implementation and impact of IHCPs for people with dementia. 

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