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O’Reilly launches Budget 2018 proposals on investing in home care and home help

27 September, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

This morning, Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD launched Sinn Fein’s alternative budget proposals for investing in home care and home help. 

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“It is well known that home care delivered in the home is the preferred form of care for most people and their families, particularly for older people. Indeed, the vast majority of older people want to live independently in their home for as long as possible. 

“Unfortunately, due to a lack of adequate step-down facilities, home care packages, and home help, some older people are either left stuck in hospitals or forced into residential facilities when they could return home if the correct care was provided.

“Not only is this situation unfair to those people, who are eager to return home, but it also has the knock on effect of contributing to the trolley and waiting list crises as beds are occupied by those who want to, and are ready to, return home if only adequate home help or home care packages were available.

“We have seen this week alone that there were 425 people on trolleys on Monday and 494 yesterday. There is no doubt that with adequate home help and home care that a number of beds could be freed up in the hospital and these patients moved to beds instead of trolleys.

“Sinn Féin believes that immediate action is required to ensure that people can access appropriate care and stay at home or return home. This will have huge benefits for those who receive home help and home care, their families and friends, and for the health service as a whole. It is for this reason that we see it as a priority.

“Therefore, Sinn Féin would increase home help hours by 20% resulting in 2.1 million additional home help hours. We are also proposing an increase in home care packages of 15% which would mean 2,485 extra home care packages.

“These measures, which constitute an €72.65 million investment in our older people, would go some way to delivering for them and their families and ensure that they can live with the dignity and respect they have earned and which they deserve.

“Our older people deserve such measures and Sinn Féin is on their side.”

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