The Alzheimer Society of Ireland wants to make dementia a policy priority for Government and to ensure there is a commitment of resources to dementia care. Our policy work focuses on highlighting the major policy issues and challenges that dementia poses as well as providing evidence based solutions.
To be effective in our policy work we engage in a range of activities. These activities include, making policy submissions to Government, Government bodies and other agencies, keeping track of and influencing relevant legislation, commissioning external experts to write policy papers, representing dementia policy issues both nationally and internationally and carrying out policy research.
Expert policy paper series
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland commissions external experts to write policy papers in order to generate new ideas promote cutting edge concepts and contribute to a much more informed debate in relation to national dementia policy.
‘A National Dementia Registry for Ireland: A Feasibility Study’ (2016) – Dr. Louise Hopper, Suzanne Hughes, Prof. Teresa Burke and Dr. Kate Irving
This study highlights the characteristics a registry needs to have to be successful and the pitfalls to avoid. This study shows that we can learn a lot of lessons from international dementia registries and from existing patient registries in Ireland. It also highlights the steps that need to be taken to ensure that a comprehensive proposal is developed quickly.
‘An Economic Analysis of Home Care Services for People with Dementia’ (2015) – Dr. Dominic Trepel
This study provides an economic analysis of home care services for people with dementia. Trépel’s expert analysis of home care for people with dementia focuses on who provides home care, what care is provided and when. It also provides recommendations on how home care services can be best configured to ensure an optimal arrangement of care for people with dementia. The argument is made that case management, collaborative care and information systems are important factors to improve overall welfare by addressing sources of inefficiency (i.e. information on deploying services).
‘Integrated Care Pathways’ (2012) – Dr. Kate Irving
This paper indicates that we need to find ways in our healthcare system to provide mechanisms for “integrated care” led out by a key healthcare professional. These mechanisms will help us move away from the current piecemeal and sporadic approach to provision of services and supports and will significantly improve the whole journey for the person and their family and reduce the stress of navigating the current overly complex system.
‘National Dementia Strategy for Ireland’ (2012) – Dr. Henry O’Connell
As one of the leading clinical experts in dementia care in Ireland Dr. Henry O’Connell advocates that Ireland should seek to emanate the Scottish model in relation to the development of the National Dementia Strategy. Scotland’s plan relates to how the conditions can be created to provide “world class services” for and with people with dementia.
‘Financing Dementia’ (2012) – Dr. Dominic Trepel
This report argues the need for a financial commitment to dementia in Ireland. There must, he says, be a “social contract” between the funders of healthcare and the person to avert the financial risks associated with ill-health and special attention is needed to ensure these expectations are upheld for vulnerable groups such as those living with dementia.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland regularly contributes to policy reviews or strategies being undertaken by the Government and other relevant bodies in relation to a variety of issues.Our policy submissions aim to reflect the voice of the person with dementia and their carer.
You can read more about the submissions that we have done in the past by clicking on the links below.
- Dementia and Loneliness
- Deprivation of Liberty
- Future of Mental Health Care
- Safeguarding Legislation
- Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights
- Department of Social Protection Statement of Strategy 2015 – 2017
- Future Healthcare Committee
- Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing
- National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2016-2019
- Provision Enhanced Home Care
- SAGE Forum on long term care
- Think Ahead Consultation to the Irish Hospice Foundation
- WHO Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia
- Women’s Rights to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
To request a copy of an ASI submission pre 2016 please contact firstname.lastname@example.org