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The Alzheimer Society of Ireland welcomes EUR 13 million dementia investment in Ireland as a positive step

Tuesday 27 October 2020

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) has welcomed the Government’s decision to invest EUR 13 million in dementia community supports in Budget 2021 as a welcome step in dealing with the sharp deterioration in health of both people with dementia and their family carers, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In last year’s Budget, the door opened for The ASI and this year they have stepped through it. It is a great achievement for everyone at The ASI and for those they represent. This is a source of much-needed hope and is long overdue given the neglect of dementia as an issue by successive Governments.

The EUR 13 million investment includes four of The ASI’s Budget asks, which they particularly welcome:

  • EUR 5 million investment for community dementia supports, including EUR 2.5 million for The ASI to further expand its day care in the home service and other community supports
  • EUR 7 million to provide 250,000 hours of dementia appropriate home care
  • funding of nearly EUR 1 million to recruit an additional 11 Dementia Advisors in 2021 (bringing the total to 30 in place by end of 2021)
  • EUR 127,000 for the Dementia: Understand Together Community Activation programme with funding support for a National Coordinator and a Programme Support Officer.

Other highlights in Budget 2021 included:

  • expansion of the Memory Technology Resource Room Network
  • four new memory assessment and support services in Sligo, Mayo, Waterford and Wexford
  • education for staff in the acute hospitals about dementia and delirium care
  • implementation of the National Clinical Guideline on Appropriate Prescribing of Psychotropic Medication for non-cognitive symptoms in people with dementia
  • Carers Support Grant increased by EUR 150 up to EUR 1,850
  • Increase in the dependent relative tax credit from EUR 70 - EUR 245 for family carers.