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Jockey Club Post-diagnostic Support in Dementia Care Programme

The Jockey Club Post-diagnostic Support in Dementia Care Programme aims to provide support for people with mild cognitive impairment, mild dementia, and their caregivers. The programme promotes “early detection, early diagnosis and early intervention”. By training private medical practitioners in the community to help with diagnosis, family members and caregivers will be able to get help as soon as possible. It will help people with dementia get brain training, as well as equip caregivers with knowledge and care skills.

Objectives

  • Enhance public awareness and understanding of brain health, mild cognitive impairment and dementia
  • Provide suitable services for newly diagnosed cases of mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia
  • Boost the confidence and ability of caregivers to care for people with dementia
  • Train private medical practitioners in different districts to enhance their knowledge and diagnosis of dementia

Target Audience

People, aged 50 and above, suspected to have mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia, and their caregivers

Service Subsidies

Eligible participants will receive a one-off subsidy of $500 for a medical consultation (Limited to the first diagnosis of cognitive functions. Participants may have to cover the costs of blood tests, brain scans and medicines etc) Other programme services: Free of charge

Programme Features

Early Detection

EC Screen App

Early Diagnosis

Train general practitioners and family doctors to provide diagnosis

Early Intervention

Confirmed cases can access the following services:

  • Group support
  • Follow-up services for caregivers
  • Personalised life story book
  • Tailored Advanced Care Planning
  • Self-management course materials for people with mild cognitive impairment and dementia
  • Training information and materials for caregivers
  • Online learning platform for caregivers

Enquiries and Applications

Background

Thanks to the donation from the Jockey Club Charities Trust, JCCPA introduced the Jockey Club Post-diagnostic Support in Dementia Care Programme, in conjunction with the Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service – Hong Kong, Haven of Hope Christian Service and Lok Sin Tong. The pilot programme will be implemented for three years to support mainly those who are suspected to have mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia, and their family members. The programme is based on Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy, using the “Five Pillars Model”* to shape the services for post-diagnostic support and provide quality intervention for people with dementia and their family members. It also adopts the Family Intervention and Empowerment models, and advocates “early detection, early diagnosis and early intervention”, to tailor suitable care plans for the targeted service users. Caregivers will understand their roles from a fresh perspective, enhancing their knowledge and skills to provide positive care experiences, and assist their journey with people with dementia.

*The five pillars for post-diagnostic support are: 1. Understanding the illness and managing symptoms; 2. Supporting community connections: 3. Peer support; 4. Planning for future decision-making and 5. Planning for future care. It has been proven through international research that post-diagnostic support is effective in slowing cognitive decline and helping people with dementia prepare for the future and maintain their quality of life.