An Economic analysis of a Community-Based Model for Dementia Care in Ireland: A Balance of Care Approach, describes the results of an economic analysis of the first four sites in the HSE & Genio Dementia Programme led by Prof Eamon O’Shea of NUIG. The study focused particularly on those people with dementia who were on the ‘boundary of care’ between home and residential care. Almost a third (32%) of the 568 people with dementia in the study were judged to be on this boundary and their care in the community cost significantly less than care in a residential setting. The maximum potential saving associated with the programme was €3,169,561 for 181 people.
The report concludes that “significant numbers of people with dementia could potentially be supported to live at home for longer as a result of the HSE & Genio Dementia Programme, thus resulting in savings to the exchequer when comparisons are made between public expenditure in the community and in residential care.