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Acute Hospital Quality Improvement of Dementia Care

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In late 2019, the National Dementia Office ran a competition for acute hospitals to improve their care of people living with dementia.

The grant call details are below.

To view the successful hospitals and a summary of their project click on the image below. 

Beaumont Hospital - ED Supporting People with Dementia

Beaumont Hospital - Banks Ward Project


Beaumont ED - Dementia Friendly Signage

Beaumont Hospital - Delirium and Hospitalisation

Beaumont Hospital - The Sheehan Unit

Connolly Hospital 

Ennis Hospital 

Kerry University Hospital 

Louth County Hospital 

Mallow General Hospital 

Mullingar Regional Hospital 

Naas General Hospital 

Portiuncula University Hospital

Sligo General Hospital

St Columcilles Hospital 

St Lukes Hospital 

South Tipperary General Hospital 

St James Hospital 

St Vincents Hospital 

University Hospital Galway

Wexford General Hospital 

The following is a summary of reported progress as of early 2021.

Acute hospital dementia QI projects interim reports

2020-2021 has been a challenging period for acute hospital staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as many staff were redeployed, all staff were busy, and most proposed refurbishments were delayed. However, despite these challenges, 19 of the 21 acute hospital dementia QI projects have proceeded. Some of the progress achieved to date includes:

  • Baseline environmental audits have been completed and many sites have progressed with dementia-inclusive painting and signage improvements
  • Equipment to increase independence has been installed, such as handrails, appropriate chairs, etc.
  • Dementia quality improvement teams have convened, and dementia leaders and champions have been identified
  • Staff training in delirium and dementia care has been delivered in many sites
  • Resources to support meaningful activity have been installed, such as activity boxes 


The dedication and resilience of all involved in the dementia QI projects is to be commended. Indeed, some sites have increased their plans and scope due to the emerging issues of providing quality dementia care during the COVID-19 pandemic, while others have leveraged donations and other grants to increase their scope of change.

A summary of the final reports from each site will be available in early 2022.

The following links may be helpful for any hospital considering quality improvement in the area of dementia care