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Implementing Policy for Dementia Care in Ireland: The Time for Action is Now

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland Country Resources Neurological disorders including dementia Ireland 1 February 2007 Policy document plan

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In Ireland, the stated objective of public policy for people with dementia is to encourage and facilitate their continued living in their own homes for as long as is possible and practicable (Report of the Working Party on Services for the Elderly, 1988).
The Action Plan for Dementia (APD) (O’Shea and O’Reilly, 1999) reinforced the need for a social model of dementia that is focused on care in the community and on maintaining and developing, what Kitwood, (1997) called, the ‘personhood’ of the person with dementia.

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