Short breaks for people living with dementia and their carers: exploring wellbeing outcomes and informing future practice development through a Social Return on Investment approach

A study led by Dr Gill Toms is exploring the benefits of a short breaks/ day support service called ‘TRIO’ for people living with dementia.

Short breaks can benefit people living with dementia and unpaid carers; however, most research focuses on more ‘traditional’ models of support– including short stays in residential care and day centre support.

TRIO is a community-based service on the Shared Lives Model of support. In this model, a Shared Lives Carer (known as a ‘companion’ in TRIO) uses their own home as a resource. TRIO companions provide regular, weekly support for up to three people living with dementia who share similar interests.

This Social Return on Investment evaluation explores the mechanisms and outcomes of TRIO for people living with dementia, unpaid carers, and TRIO companions. Evidencing the social value generated by TRIO will help establish an evidence-base for short break provision in Wales and beyond.

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