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Dementia

November 2000
Report No. 60

The Costs of Caring for People with Dementia and Related Cognitive Impairments
Eamon O'Shea

An Action Plan for Dementia, was an attempt to provide a framework for the provision and planning of services for people with dementia in Ireland. Dr Eamon O'Shea's second report on the cost of caring for people with dementia is complementary to the Action Plan but with a more quantitative focus. The report examines where people with dementia are being cared for currently and seeks to quantify the costs of care. As it is traditionally families who have borne the burden of care for dependent older kin, the cost of care in terms of sacrifices made and in replacement terms are quantified. The study also provides estimates of the distribution of the cost of care for people with dementia across all forms of care provision, including residential and acute care facilities.

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June 1999
Report No. 54

An Action Plan for Dementia
Eamon O'Shea and Siobhan O'Reilly

An Action Plan for Dementia outlines the complexity and range of issues involved in the effective management of dementia. The plan emphasises the need for the development of co-ordinated, multi-layered and well-resourced services, which are responsive to the individual needs of people with dementia and of those who care for them. The Action Plan describes a model of best practice for the provision and planning of dementia care in Ireland.

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Nov 1999
Report No. 56

Planning for Dementia Care in Ireland. Conference Proceedings

With the numbers of dementia suffers projected to increase by over 25 per cent in the coming decade, a range of issues are critical to the successful implementation of the Action Plan for Dementia (Report No. 54). These issues were discussed at a Council conference on planning for dementia care in Ireland. The proceedings are an important record of the conference participants concern to identify the issues, which must be addressed if significant improvements in the quality of life of people with dementia in Ireland are to be achieved in the years ahead.

A strong feeling among conference participants was that care management could be an effective integrating mechanism in the care of people with dementia, because of its potential to bring together the various elements of primary and secondary care services. Policy implementation was also seen as vital to the success of the Action Plan. There was considerable discussion on the need to monitor the resource allocation for dementia and to review the Action Plan after three years.

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September 1999
Report No. 29

Dementia Services: Information and Development. Seminar Proceedings

This is a summary of papers presented at a seminar, which examined the merits of establishing a Dementia Services Information and Development Centre in Ireland.

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