Positive living with dementia

SIF-care bright from Dominik Kosicki on Vimeo.

What is the problem we are trying to solve?
There are 48,000 people living with dementia in Ireland currently, and, as we all live longer, this number will rise by 20% in the next five years. That means an extra 12,000 people will need to use services for people with dementia in just a few years.

Carebright was founded in 1998 to provide high quality homecare to elderly people in rural areas, and 60% of their clients have dementia now. As a result, CareBright knows from experience that it is perfectly possible to live a fulfilling life with dementia.

What is the solution?
CareBright aims to develop a new model of caring for people with dementia in rural Ireland, based on a model first established in the Netherlands.

CareBright’s first Dementia Hub is located in Bruff, Co. Limerick. With construction starting in 2016, the building design, interior design and services are all informed by international research on living a fulfilling life with dementia. The design enables individuals to maximise their independence while living with dementia. The Hub will be a real home, an apartment with a double room and bathroom, in a building with 9 other apartments, with people at all stages of dementia living together. It will have a public café on site, as well as visitor accommodation for family members who want to visit.

What impact can Carebright’s Dementia Hub have?
The Dementia Hub promises to offer an entirely new way of living with and caring for people with dementia, and with it an entirely new standard of living for people living with dementia in Ireland.

Carebright plans to build in 2016, and with Animate’s help through a mentor and consultancy supports, to position the Dementia Hub as a model of best practise for potential national rollout.