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Home Help service levels unacceptable

30 September, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA and spokesperson for older people, Micky Brady, has slammed the current level of provision of Home Help service to the elderly in the community with some members of the elderly community only receiving 15 minutes Home Help per day.

Speaking today Mr Brady said:

"The current levels of home help provision are unacceptable. Some members of the elderly community are receiving only 15 minutes a day in home help aid. In the context of Home Help duties this is not enough.

"The UUP's Sam Gardner alluded in the Assembly this week that this is a an issue of money and resources. It is not. This is an issue of care for our elderly, it is a people issue.

"The Southern Trust for example have bee tasked with making £8 million savings over the next three year and £3 million has been cut from their budget this year alone. Where are these savings being redirected? It should be used to support the weak and infirm through schemes such as home help provision. There is a duty of care by social services for the elderly that is not being delivered adequately.

"We must see a needs based approach adopted where the services are directed towards those who need them most. If anyone can argue that the elderly are not in this category then really, who are?" CRÍOCH

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