Dual Diagnosis & Therapeutic Commitment – Feb 2016

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Let me speak, help me be heard – Nov 2011

Praxis Care completed an evaluation of an independent advocacy service for people with dementia titled ‘Let me speak, help me be heard’. This project is an independent advocacy service enabling individuals with dementia to express their own views and for these views to be heard.

Overall, the project is aimed at promoting the rights and dignity of people with dementia and keeping the service users with dementia central to the advocacy process.

The project is managed by Alzheimer’s Society Northern Ireland and funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies, with funding having been renewed in 2010.
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St Pauls Phase II Evaluation – Nov 2011

Praxis Care services are underpinned with the principles of promoting inclusion in communities, and supporting initiatives to reduce the marginalisation of vulnerable people.

St Pauls Court is a purpose built supported living unit providing housing to meet the needs of people with dementia offering a range of emotional, social and practical support. This enables services users to function and live within the community
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MVA Training Report – 2010

Praxis Care provides staff with comprehensive training in how to Manage Violence and Aggression (MVA). This summary report is a brief overview of an evaluation of MVA training over a period of five months. Included in the report are the key findings and recommendations for the organisation.


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The Star Club Evaluation – Jan 2009

Praxis Care completed an evaluation of The Star Club in Douglas. The Star Club is a community organised to help people living with a mental illness to rejoin the worlds of employment, education, family and friends.

The evaluation shows that Star Club provides a programme of varied activities which meet the needs of those members who attend regularly. Members join by a process of self referral, the decision to join is voluntary and membership is non time limited. By the end of 2008, the Club had sixty four members. Thirty six (56%) were female and twenty eight (44%) were male.


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CAWT Carers Report – Caring for individuals with a Learning Disability – 2007

This major study into carers in the border region to highlight the impact on both the physical and mental health of carers of people with learning disabilities in the border counties was commissioned by Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) and undertaken by Praxis Care. Funded by European Union monies through the INTERREG IIIA programme, the study has found that 51% of carers in the border region reported that they have a long-standing illness with nearly one quarter reporting that their health is fairly poor. Furthermore, 66% of carers with physical health problems reported that these health problems affected to some extent their capability to care.


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Treating Addiction, Tackling Crime – Harristown House Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Centre Evaluation Report – Jan 2007

In January 2004, the Praxis Care Research Department secured a tender from the Probation Service to conduct an evaluation of Harristown House, a 12-bed residential facility for men who have come into contact with the criminal justice system as a result of their misuse of alcohol and/or drugs. The research, which was funded by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, involved extensive interviews with Harristown House clients, local Probation Officers and District Court Judges.


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Supported Living for People with Korsakoff Syndrome – Does it work? – Dec 2006

This research paper has documented the progress of 4 individuals diagnosed with korsakoff syndrome, over their first 12 months of living in a specialised supported living unit. Korsakoff syndrome is a type of brain injury which in this instance has been caused by excessive alcohol use. Overall, the report has aimed to provide a realistic insight into the outcomes for Korsakoff individuals who live within a supported living environment.


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Isle of Man Home Support Evaluation – Sept 2004

Home Support is based on a domiciliary model of care. It aims to help individuals with mental health problems to remain in their own home by providing practical, social and emotional support. The evaluation of the Home Support Service was carried out over a 3-year period. Many areas of service users’ functioning and quality of life improved significantly during their first 12 months receiving the service. This level of functioning was generally maintained over the following 24 months. However, ratings on service user social contact and communication increased only marginally over the 36 months. The reasons for these ratings require further exploration. The evaluation has identified many positive aspects of the Home Support Service and has encapsulated the important role the service plays in the lives of those who use it.


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Bridge – Dec 2000

Research was carried out to identify the main health needs within 3 communities in Northern Ireland. The project adopted a community development approach towards identifying health issues and as such a team of ‘community interviewers’ were recruited locally and trained to conduct face-to-face interviews with residents from the three areas. Overall 540 residents took part in an interview answering questions about the areas in which they lived, social problems in the area, access to services/facilities, housing conditions, employment and about their own personal health. The research identified many health needs within the areas relating to children and young people, young males, the unemployed and individuals caring for a relative. In particular the research raised concern over the high level of prescribed medication with the areas, including painkillers and anti-depressants and the impact the troubles has had on individual and community health.


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