The HSE & Genio Dementia Programme has supported nine community-based projects across Ireland to improve the range and quality of supports for people with dementia; inform public policy and investment in this area; and build the leadership in the field that is necessary to capitalise on the potential of the National Dementia Strategy. There have been two phases to the work on developing community based supports for people with dementia: 

a. Developing community-based supports for people with dementia across a geographical area

Four projects Kinsale, South Tipperary, South Dublin, and Mayo 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. A fifth Cognitive Health Project developed and shared online films which promote positive cognitive health behaviours.  

b. Developing individualised supports for people who are at a more advanced stage of dementia

Five projects in Louth, Carlow-KilkennyMallowRoscommon and Leitrim 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. 

Community-based projects

a. Developing community-based supports for people with dementia across a geographical area

Project title: Kinsale Community Response to Dementia (K-CORD)
Lead organisation: The Medical Centre, Kinsale
Grant amount: €630,000

Project title: The 5 Steps to living well with Dementia in South Tipperary
Lead organisation: South Tipperary Mental Health Service
Grant amount: €700,000

Project title: Community Action on Dementia in Mayo
Lead organisation: Alzheimer Society of Ireland
Grant amount: €700,000

Project title: Living Well with Dementia (LWwD)
Lead organisation: HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster
Grant amount: €700,000

Project title: Cognitive Health Project
Lead organisation: Neuro-Enhancement for Independent Lives, Trinity College Dublin
Grant amount: €199,052

b. Developing individualised supports for people who are at a more advanced stage of dementia

Project title: Flourishing with Dementia (FwD)
Lead organistion: Louth Age Friendly Dementia Consortium 
Grant amount: €100,000

Project title: Memory Matters - Community Component
Lead organistion: Carlow / Kilkenny Service Providers Forum
Grant amount: €100,000

Project title: The Crystal Project
Lead organistion: Mallow Crystal Consortium 
Grant amount: €100,000

Project title: There's No Place Like Home!
Lead organistion: Roscommon Dementia Friendly Community Group
Grant amount: €100,000

Project title: Community Outreach Dementia Project Leitrim (CODPL)
Lead organistion: Leitrim Day Hospital Consortium
Grant amount: €100,000​

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