Research Reports

Summary: Telecare & Assistive Technology Evaluation

This summary presents the main results and conclusions from an evaluation of the telecare and assistive technology initiatives implemented by the first four demonstration sites funded under the HSE & Genio Dementia Programme (2012-2015). 

Kevin Cullen, Sarah Delaney, Philomena Stapleton and Richard Wynne
Work Research Centre, 2015

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Telecare and Assistive Technology Evaluation

This report presents the results and conclusions from an evaluation of the telecare and assistive technology initiatives implemented by the four demonstration sites funded under the Genio Dementia Programme (2012-2015). Telecare and assistive technology are technology-based supports that can be helpful for people with dementia and their carers.

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An Economic analysis of a Community-Based Model for Dementia Care in Ireland

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.

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