Community Supports Model for People with Dementia
The Community Supports Model for people with dementia described in this learning paper from Genio was the result of a service design process that formed part of the HSE & Genio Dementia Programme. The process identified the most effective elements of innovation across four community dementia projects funded under the programme. The paper describes and discusses five essential components that make up the model: the consortium model of delivery; the existence of a single point of contact coordinating services and supports; mechanisms to reinforce timely and sensitive diagnosis, post-diagnostic information sessions and support groups; personalised supports (for community connecting, maintaining ability, responsive and quality respite, and tailored use of assistive technology). It also identifies ‘underpinning enablers’. The intention is that the Community Supports Model described in this paper will be used to inform and guide the remodelling of existing services and transform them into personalised responses that will at the same time be accompanied by a reconfiguration of resources.