Title
Evaluation of the HSE & Genio Dementia Programme – Year Two
Research team
Prof Eamon O’Shea and Christine Monaghan, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway
Results
2015

Evaluation of the HSE & Genio Dementia Programme – Year Two

The evaluation of year two examines the workings of the HSE and Genio Dementia Programme in 2014 in its second year of operation and covers the manner in which the learning from the first year of operation were used to realign and recalibrate the supports available at each of the four sites.  

The evaluation report highlights the following key findings at each of the sites:

  • A renewed commitment to empowering people with dementia in providing responses tailored specifically to their own needs that reflect the preferences of people with dementia and their families are now evident across all four sites. 
  • There has been significant progress in moving the existing care system to a personalised model that respects and encourages personhood, autonomy, empowerment and social connectivity for people with dementia.
  • Development of a broader range of flexible and responsive services in all sites and progress has been made towards embedding and integrating the projects within the HSE to various degrees within the sites.
  • Each site has also begun to focus on mainstreaming the services developed in the demonstration site to ensure future sustainability.
  • The public awareness of dementia has increased significantly over the two years of the project in each of the sites.
  • The consortia have facilitated an increase in awareness through their internal and external relationships with mainstream social care provision and through their members’ direct engagement in civic, cultural and economic life. Bringing so many different groups together had a positive effect on the dementia narrative within local communities.
     
Key Points
  • The fours sites evaluated have shown significant progress towards more personalised models of dementia care.
  • These models are founded on personhood, autonomy, empowerment and social connectivity for people with dementia.
  • A broader range of flexible and responsive services have been developed and progress has been made towards integrating the projects within the HSE.
  • The public awareness of dementia has increased significantly in each of the areas.

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