This element of the dementia programme is supporting the implementation of intensive homecare packages for people with dementia. Following an agreement between the Department of Health and The Atlantic Philanthropies, the HSE is providing up to 500 IHCPs for people with dementia across Ireland over three years, which commenced in January 2015. A key feature of the IHCPs is that they are to be tailored to the assessed needs and preferences of people with dementia and their family members, with the underlying aim of putting the person at the centre of the service and supporting them to remain at home for as long as possible. 

Supporting the implementation of IHCPs

Genio is supporting the HSE with the implementation of personalised IHCPs for people with dementia. This work is focused on sharing learning from the experience around the country of implementing IHCPs for people with dementia and enhancing the integration of services. Learning sites have been identified and are located in:

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

Research study on implementation of IHCPS 

Genio has been commissioned by the HSE to carry out a research study on the implementation and impact of IHCPs for people with dementia.

A mixed methods study has been designed with three key elements.

  1. Process evaluation: to provide an understanding of the workings of the IHCPs.
  2. Outcomes evaluation: to assess if the IHCPs have succeeded in providing people with dementia personalised supports that enable them to return home from hospital or remain at home and maintain a good quality of life. The manner in which these supports are delivered is also important.
  3. Costs evaluation: to assess the costs and cost-effectiveness of IHCPs for people with dementia. The findings from the study will be used to inform the future development of home supports for people with dementia.

Research team: Dr Fiona Keogh, Dr Maria Pierce, Dr Padraic Fleming, Karen Neylon. Results will be published in 2018.


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