October 12, 2016
Source: Dublin City University
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Date of publication: September 2016
Publication type: News story
In a nutshell: “The winners of the 2016 Dementia Elevator Innovation Awards were announced at the event and presented by Michael Fitzgerald, Head of Operations and Service Improvement, Older Person Services, HSE. The top award was claimed by Mary Walsh, speech and language therapist at St Mary’s Hospital in Dublin’s Phoenix Park who is using a picture-based communication system, Talking Mats, which helps involve people with dementia in the decision-making process regarding their condition, particularly at the end stage of dementia. Runners-up included Johanne Murphy, a senior physiotherapist in Naas General Hospital who is working with the SuperValu frontline staff to make shopping less complicated for the person with dementia through staff training and changes to the store environment; and Anchorlily, a Dublin-based company which creates bespoke blankets which uses images of significant life events to help anchor a person with dementia back to their identity, letting them interact with their memories.”
Length of publication: 1 webpage
September 6, 2012
Source: Alzheimer’s Society
Follow this link for the full report – Home Truths: Housing services & support for people with dementia
Date of publication: June 2012
Publication type: Report
In a nutshell: Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community and people with dementia and their carers place great importance on their homes. However, Alzheimer’s Society’s Home truths found experiences of housing and housing services are mixed and more needs to be done to link housing with health and social care services.
Home truths makes four recommendations around housing and housing services for people with dementia.
- Local authorities, homebuilders and governments should recognise that appropriate housing services and support are key mechanisms for effective support of people with dementia in the community.
- There should be a choice in housing options and tenures available to people with dementia, including mainstream and specialist housing.
- People with dementia, their families and carers should have access to information and advice on housing options, handyperson services and sources of funding for adaptations and alterations.
- People with dementia should have access to homes designed with their needs in mind.The report was informed by interviews and focus groups with people with dementia and carers and a review of existing policy and evidence on housing and dementia.
Length of publication: 47 pages