Clondalkin residents left without vital OT service- Cllr Ó Broin
Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has described the refusal of the HSE and South Dublin County Council to provide vital Occupational Therapist services to people applying for home adaptation grants as ‘inexplicable’ and ‘discriminatory’. Cllr Ó Broin’s comments were made after the HSE confirmed that it provides OT services to residents in Tallaght but not to residents in Clondalkin.
Cllr Ó Broin said:
‘South Dublin County Council provides a number of home adaptation grants to older people and people with disabilities.
‘In order to qualify for a home adaptation grant the applicant has to provide an Occupational Therapist’s report detailing the works required to make the property suitable to the individual’s mobility needs.
‘Private home owners must provide their own OT report the cost of which is reimbursed as part of the grant payment.
‘The situation for Council tenants is different. In Tallaght the HSE provides the OT reports while in Clondalkin the Council covered the cost. However earlier this year the Council stopped funding the reports and referred Clondalkin tenants to the HSE.
‘When Clondalkin council tenants approached the HSE they were told that the HSE did not have the required staff in the Community Care Organisation 7 region which includes Clondalkin and referred them back to the Council.
‘As a result families with significant mobility restrictions are now left in limbo. They urgently require home adaptation works but are unable to apply unless they pay for a private OT report which can cost as much as €300.
‘In response to a Parliamentary Question tabled by my colleague Mary Lou McDonald the HSE confirmed that they will provide council tenants in Dublin 24 with the OT reports but not council tenants in Dublin 22.
‘This really is inexplicable and amounts to discrimination. The idea that a person’s access to an Occupational Therapist report for the purposes of a home adaptation grant is based on your postcode in completely unfair.
‘I am calling on South Dublin County Council to reinstate the payment for the OT reports as an interim measure and for the Council and HSE to sit down and resolve this matter so that all council tenants in South Dublin are treated equally and receive the OT services on the basis of need and not where they live.’