New statutory home care packages at an 'advanced stage'
Offaly TD Carol Nolan has sought clarification on the provision of home care for constituents from the Department of Health. She raised the issue in the Dáíl this week.
In response to questioning in the Dáil by Nolan, the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Jim Daly, gave assurances that a new Statutory Scheme will be introduced which will guarantee Home Care delivery to constituents.
Deputy Nolan was seeking accountability under the Programme for Government and Promised Legislation and demanded to know what provisions the Government were putting in place to increase resources for Home Care Packages.
At present there are approximately 650 people on waiting lists for Home Care services in the Offaly-Laois area. Deputy Nolan stated that “there are many elderly couples struggling to cope and it is an unfair burden on carers who have saved the State millions of euro in service provision.”
In response, Deputy Jim Daly, Minister of State at the Department of Health confirmed that a new Statutory Scheme is at an "advanced stage" of development which, when enacted will give the individual a statutory entitlement to Home Care, thus compelling the HSE to ensure provision to each constituent.
Deputy Nolan has spoken on this matter on a number of occasions in the past year and has welcomed the new Scheme stating it “is a step in the right direction.”
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