An Evaluation Report, focused on this service’s implementation and sustainability into the future, was launched this week at the Memory Technology Library operated at the “Living Well with Dementia in South Tipperary” project premises on the grounds of Tipperary University Hospital in Clonmel.
Funded by the HSE and Family Carer’s Ireland and carried out by Dr. Maria Pierce and Jeremy Golden of University College Dublin, the Evaluation Report looks at a wide range of practical, personalised, post-diagnostic, psychosocial supports and interventions provided by the project, in addition to contributions to national policy and programme development.
The launch of the report in Clonmel on Monday afternoon 11th of September featured contributions on the day from the author Dr. Maria Pierce (Asst. Professor in Social Policy, UCD), Kate Brennan (Senior Project Manager, HSE’s National Dementia Office), Prof. Eamon O’ Shea (Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia, University of Galway), Anne Quinn (Memory Technology Library South Tipperary/Living Well with Dementia, South Tipperary), a video message from a person living with a dementia diagnosis, an address from family member of a person living with dementia, from Dr. Caitriona Crowe (Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, St. James’s Hospital, Dublin and formerly lead of the “Five steps leading to Living Well with Dementia in South Tipperary project 2012-2015) and the Mayor of Clonmel Borough District Cllr. Richie Molloy.
The Evaluation Report was launched by Bridget Farrell (General Manager of Older Person’s Services , HSE/South East Community Healthcare), who said:
“I am delighted to see that a Study has found the Dementia Nurse and Occupational Therapist Specialist, the Dementia Support Workers, the Memory Technology Library, the Post Diagnostic and Education Programmes and Weekly Social Group to be having the positive effect that we have been seeing ourselves. When established, the Memory Technology Library in Clonmel was an innovation and it is a model that has been replicated elsewhere.”
“A large number of strengths were identified in the Study by people with dementia, family carers, staff, health professionals and other stakeholders participating in interviews and focus groups for this study. The project is seen to be promoting the personhood of people with dementia (a key principle underpinning the Irish National Dementia Strategy). A major strength of ‘Living Well with Dementia’ identified was its highly qualified, experienced specialist Nurse and Occupational Therapist and the roles they play in assessment and care planning post-diagnosis, offering specialist information, advice, support and strategies to help people with dementia live independently and engage in daily and meaningful activities as well as to family carers.”
‘Living Well with Dementia’ was highly valued for the range of practical, post-diagnostic, psychosocial supports for people with dementia and their family carers and tailoring these to service users’ assessed needs. The ongoing support offered to family carers who find themselves in very challenging circumstances was highlighted. The educational work and role Living Well with Dementia staff play in changing the narrative around dementia and reducing stigma was also highlighted. The educational work and role Living Well with Dementia staff play in changing the narrative around dementia and reducing stigma was also illustrated.”
“The HSE is happy to have been associated with the project all along and will continues to be of support.”