Kinsale Community Response to Dementia


Kinsale is a seaside area in Southwest Cork (South Lee) comprising a rural town and its hinterland, with a population in excess of 16,000. The area is served by an active integrated Primary Care Team, of 20 healthcare professionals, who have embraced collaborative practice to improve patient outcomes.

The K-CORD project

Kinsale Community Response to Dementia (K-CORD) is a community based person-centred response to dementia. This project has been funded by the GENIO Dementia Project, which itself is funded by Atlantic Philanthropies and the Irish Health Service Executive. Building on an established tradition of collaborative working in the Kinsale Primary Care Team, the K-CORD consortium will optimize the supports, services and facilities available to people with dementia and their carers through early diagnosis and intervention; innovative respite; education and assistive technology. To improve the quality of life for people with dementia (PWD) and their carers collaborative learning, planning and action on the part of professionals and engaged citizens in the locality will be achieved. As a consequence, it is intended that people with dementia will be able to remain active in their homes and local communities, and be supported in returning home following periods spent in residential facilities.

Programme objectives:

  1. Both professional service providers and community members will be knowledgeable, vigilant, responsive, effective and integrated in addressing the specific needs of people with dementia and their carers.
  2. People with dementia and their carers will have the knowledge and support necessary to effectively manage identified stages in the progression of the condition.
  3. Screening for dementia will be offered to people over 65 years and to others who have concerns about their memory; early diagnosis and intervention will be available.
  4. Optimal use will be made of assistive technologies to allow people with dementia to remain in their own homes.
  5. Innovative and personally tailored respite will be available for carers of PWD. 

The project will include designing, planning, installing and maintaining 20 bespoke 'telecare' packages to allow people with dementia to lead active and healthy lives at home. It will undertake and disseminate detailed research into the utilization and effects of assistive technology in the home in collaboration with both the People and Technology Research Group in the Department of Applied Psychology, University College Cork,patlab.ucc.ie,and the Nimbus Embedded Systems Research Centre, Cork Institute of Technology, nimbus.cit.ie. 


The consortium will develop an assistive technology demonstration area at the K-CORD drop-in centre, and will operate a comprehensive occupational therapy assessment service that encompasses the trial use of assistive technologies.

Additionally there will be many educational elements to the project, aimed at professionals, family carers, people with dementia, and the community at large. 

GENIO will design and manage a comprehensive research / evaluation study which will collect quantitative and qualitative data from the project. Cost effectiveness is a key criterion in assessing the project and it is anticipated that results generated will inform the development of the planned Irish National Dementia Strategy. The Carer Support Group will begin in 2012. A Carer Solidarity Program starts in 2013. 20 assistive technology packages will be planned by 2013 and will be implemented by 2014. The Genio group is currently commissioning research evaluation which will define specific outcome measures. 


K-CORD is sponsored by the Genio project. In excess of 800,000 euro has been committed over a period of 3.5 years commencing September 2012.

The Pillars Targeted

K-CORD targets the specific action D4.

Additional references & contacts

GENIO: www.genio.ie

Nimbus Embedded Systems Research Centre, CIT : nimbus.cit.ie

People and Technology Research Group, UCC : patlab.ucc.ie

Dr Eleanor Mullan: Dept of Psychiatry of Old Age, South Lee Mental Health Services, Cork, Ireland :eleanormullan@eircom.net, 00 353 21 4927266

Dr Tony Foley: General Practitioner, The Medical Centre,Kinsale,Co. Cork,Ireland: tonydfoley@gmail.com, 00 353 21 4772253

Dr Micheal Hynes: General Practitioner, Market Place Surgery, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland: hyneskinsale@eircom.net, 00 353 21 4772717


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