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Title: Facilitating independence: The benefits of a post-diagnostic support project for people with dementia
Author(s): Kelly, Fiona
Innes, Anthea
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Issue Date: 1-Mar-2016
Citation: Kelly F & Innes A (2016) Facilitating independence: The benefits of a post-diagnostic support project for people with dementia, Dementia, 15 (2), pp. 162-180.
Abstract: Providing support in the form of information, advice and access to services or social events is promoted as beneficial for people newly diagnosed with dementia and their families. This paper reports on key findings from an evaluation of a post-diagnostic support pilot project in Scotland addressing local service gaps, namely information provision, emotional and practical support and maintaining community links. Twenty-seven participants (14 people newly diagnosed with dementia and 13 family carers) were interviewed at two time points: T1 shortly after joining the pilot project and T2 approximately six months later, to ascertain their views on existing services and the support offered by the pilot project. A comparative thematic analysis revealed that the project facilitated increased independence (associated with increased motivation and self-confidence) of people with dementia. The project illustrates what can be achieved if resources are targeted at providing individualised post-diagnostic support, particularly where there are service delivery gaps.
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