Dementia is a life-changing condition that requires responses to support people across the illness trajectory, from the point of concern about cognition to receiving a diagnosis, through to early intervention and the provision of appropriate care in the right setting. The projected increase in the number of people who will develop dementia into the future will be a challenge for both diagnostic and post-diagnostic services and there is a requirement for care pathways that are carefully considered, costed and implemented.
The National Dementia Office, working in partnership with the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia (NUIGalway) and the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre is currently developing Ireland’s first Dementia Model of Care. The model will outline care pathways within the Irish health and social care system for people living with dementia, from identification of symptoms, through assessment, diagnosis, disclosure, care planning and post-diagnostic support.
The model outlines best practice care and services; setting out a range of targets and recommendations which are based on current need. The development of the model is supported by outputs from the Dementia Diagnostic and Post-diagnostic Support Projects (2017-2019), from consultation with experts, individuals and special interest groups and from a multi-stakeholder national advisory group.