The Association’s purpose is to develop conditions and services for the improved quality of life of patients with dementia and their caregivers. The Association cooperates with the Municipality of Chalkida and the Prefecture of Evoia for the organization of events, while at the same time it offers services on a volunteer basis to OPCEs (KAPI) and Care Homes in the greater region of Evoia. In 2010 the “Agia Irini” Day Center was established, with the following services provided: dementia prevention programs; nonpharmaceutical interventions for persons with dementia; mental strengthening exercises; education and psychological support of caregivers of persons with dementia; memory tests and neuropsychometric tests. The Association also provides daily telephone support, carries out information campaigns in schools regarding Alzheimer’s disease and takes part in research programs. Both the Association and the Day Center are operated by volunteers.
Care at Home Program
The grant regards the continuation of a 13-month care at home program for persons with dementia. The program will serve 60 families of dementia patients with home visits. The intervention for each family will last 4 months, with 20 families being served during each cycle. The program includes a psychologist, two nurses, a social worker, a physical therapist, a neurologist and a case manager-psychologist who will offer various services to persons with dementia and their caregivers at their homes. Additionally, the same team of professionals will be employed at the Counseling Stations for Dementia for a few hours each week. These Counseling Stations will be open to the public, offering memory tests and neuropsychological examinations, among others. In addition, persons with early forms of dementia will be followed via psychometric tests, and information will be provided regarding Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia as well as psychological support for their relatives. The main goal of the care at home program is to support the family/caregiver of the dementia patient through education so that upon their exit from the program, they will be able to take better care of the patient.