Dáil debates

Thursday, 29 September 2022

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate

Health Services

4:35 pm

Photo of Frank FeighanFrank Feighan (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I outlined earlier the unprecedented level of investment made by the Government since 2021 to improve diagnostic and post-diagnostic care and support for the 64,000 people with dementia throughout Ireland. Last Wednesday was World Alzheimer's Day. This provided an opportunity to reflect on what more we need to do to ensure people with dementia can live well as valued citizens of this country. I am pleased to note that early next year the HSE will publish a model of care for dementia that outlines care pathways for people living with dementia, from identification of symptoms through assessment, diagnosis, disclosure, care planning and post-diagnostic support. This model of care will be used as a basis for future dementia-specific investment.

As I said previously, HSE mid-west community healthcare is preparing an options-appraisal document for older people services in the north Tipperary area. It is expected this will be presented in quarter 4 of 2022. There may also be opportunities to identify scope for a dementia-specific independent living unit to support people to age well independently for as long possible in the Roscrea area.

It was a good idea to go see the Bruff centre. I am in interested in calling down to see it as it seems to be the way forward.


No comments

Log in or join to post a public comment.