National Dementia Strategy
In 2014 we published The Irish National Dementia Strategy, to increase awareness, ensure early diagnosis and intervention and development of enhanced community based services. The Strategy sets out a number of principles to underpin the provision of care and supports for people with dementia including:
- taking account of dementia in the development and implementation of existing and future health policies;
- ncouraging the participation of people with dementia in society and in their own communities as fully as possible for as long as possible;
- the prioritisation of end-of-life care in an appropriate setting for those with dementia;
- appropriate training and supervision for all those caring for or providing services to people with dementia;
- directing resources to provide the best possible outcome for those with dementia, and for their families and carers.
A Monitoring Group, chaired by the Department of Health, was established to assist with and advise on implementation of the National Dementia Strategy, including the National Dementia Strategy Implementation Programme. The Group includes health professionals, administrators, researchers, and advocates. In addition, the Group also includes a person living with dementia and a representative of those who care for people with dementia.
Financial supports for Carers are mainly provided through Schemes administered by the Department of Social Protection. Details of these supports are available on that Department’s website (www.welfare.ie), these include – Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit, Respite Care Grant, and Domiciliary Care Allowance. The HSE website provide information on Coping with Dementia. You can read the information here.