90 seconds of additional home help support per day causing crisis – Naughten

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Local TD Denis Naughten told the Dáil this week that the reason nearly 6,500 people are waiting for home help hours is because just an additional 37 minutes have been allocated to each primary care network.

“This means that, in reality, there is about 90 seconds of additional home help per day available to meet the needs of older people and people with a disability in each parish across Roscommon and East Galway,” stated Denis Naughten.

“While there is no shortage of funding with up to €700 million available this year for home help services, the reality is that the staff are not available to deliver the hours promised to older people and people with a disability.

“This week in the Dáil I called for an interim measure to be introduced where families would be provided directly with the funds to buy in their own services where the HSE could not provide home help support.

“I outlined two specific local cases. Firstly, the situation of  John and Mary. They are a vulnerable older couple living on their own. John’s wife requires full-time care and while they have been allocated hours in the evenings and on weekends, they cannot get access to it whatsoever, and they are being denied those supports even though the money is there.

“In the second case of Brigid, a middle-aged woman confined to a wheelchair after spinal trauma, she has been told that she has to go into a public nursing home during the day, seven days a week, because home help is not available. Her husband will have to take her in the morning and collect her again in the evening, which is going against stated Government policy. It is also going against the Ombudsman’s report and the commitments that have been given by the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte, not to put people with a disability into nursing homes, yet that is the solution that has been proposed to that family this week.

“In both instances these families could source private support that the HSE cannot provide, yet it is unwilling to provide those funds directly to the family to meet the urgent needs identified by the HSE itself,” concluded Denis Naughten.


 Link to Dáil debate video: https://youtu.be/j9sTIwhSmKg