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Dementia Adviser Evaluation Report

The HSE are delighted to publish the Evaluation of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland Dementia Adviser Service Report which was commissioned by the National Dementia Office as part of the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy. In recognition of the role dementia advisers play providing support and services to people living with dementia, the National Dementia Strategy stated that the HSE would “consider the provision of Dementia Advisors on the basis of the experience of demonstrator sites, with an appropriate number of such Advisors to be dedicated to the needs of those with early-onset dementia”

This independent evaluation was commissioned to address this action and to inform the strategic direction and future policy for the management of dementia care in Ireland. It is the first external evaluation of the Dementia Adviser Service (DAS) in Ireland and it has provided evidence of overall high levels of satisfaction with the service. Clients (People living with dementia and their carers) and health and social care professionals reported satisfaction with the information, advice, peer support and signposting of services provided by the Dementia Adviser (DA). It is evident that the current DAS has grown organically since its inception in 2014, in response to client needs. However, there are some differences in the operationalisation of the service in different areas depending on the level of integration and connection with relevant local health and social care services. Neither health and social care professionals nor clients were fully aware of the extent or scope of the DAS, therefore clarity of the role and scope of practice of the DA is needed. All stakeholders called for better integration of the DAS with existing services and greater public awareness and coverage of the service.

The final report provides a number of recommendations for consideration and will be a valuable resource for informing the future development of this service.

Click here to access the report. 

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