Projects Community CareSocial Services

Extended Hours Dementia Respite Evaluation

Projects Community CareSocial Services

Extended Hours Dementia Respite Evaluation

Projects Community CareSocial Services

Extended Hours Dementia Respite Evaluation

  • Services

    Evaluation & Advisory

  • Status

    Current

  • Client

    Queensland Government Department of Health

  • Jurisdiction

    Qld

The Queensland Government's Extended Hours Dementia Respite (EHDR) program provides $20 million in funding to community-based organisations to provide respite care for Queenslanders living with dementia or neurodegenerative conditions.

Seven community-based organisations across the state received funding to extend respite service hours and deliver tailored care and client activities.

AHA was appointed to evaluate the program’s achievements in meeting its objectives and outcomes. The evaluation aims to:

  • Ascertain whether the $20 million investment in dementia respite care was appropriate, achieved its goals and provided value-for-money
  • Identify which approaches to dementia respite care have met carer and care recipients needs and which have faced challenges
  • Evaluate up to 24 sites managed by seven service providers, including their service models, processes and short-term outcomes.

AHA has performed expended funding and service delivery calculations for each site and interviewed providers, stakeholders and carers to establish areas of success and areas for improvement with the program implementation.

“Many carers provide support to people living with dementia or neurodegenerative conditions and in some cases this is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week task. It’s crucial that we have the support and services available to give these deserving individuals a break from their caregiving roles and responsibilities." - Queensland Minister for Health and Ambulance Services