Access to community care for people with dementia and their informal carers.

This study used a case vignette approach to explore the structures and procedures associated with accessing formal dementia care across 8 European countries. While existing research suggests dementia specific care services are crucial, the study found that typical pathways to care across participating countries are not dementia specific. Informal carers were found to drive help seeking on behalf of the person with dementia. G.P.s were identified as key across most countries but did not meet expectations and were found to lack knowledge on supports available. Memory clinics are part of dementia care structures across most countries but the authors point to conceptual differences and variance in usefulness depending on National Health systems. Finance is a factor in accessing formal care with Ireland identified as one of the countries where out of pocket expenditure is a serious barrier. For an example of best practice the authors point to Norway, where a multi professional team approach is combined with a key reference person.
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Access to community care for people with dementia and their informal carers.
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2017
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Bieber, A., Stephan, A., Verbeek, H., Verhey, F., Kerpershoek, L., Wolfs, C., de Vugt, M., Woods, R.T., Røsvik, J., Selbaek, G. and Sjölund, B.M., 2017. Access to community care for people with dementia and their informal carers. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, pp.1-7.