‘Caring home care model needed’ - Gildernew
A more sustainable model of domiciliary care is needed to prioritise the needs of patients, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Carers and Wellbeing Colm Gildernew has said.
The Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA was speaking after it emerged that the family of County Down pensioner George Stewart have been asked to contribute towards his social care package following hospital treatment for a brain haemorrhage.
“There are reports of cases like this emerging in all Trust areas,” Colm Gildernew commented.
“The Trusts need to understand that when families are dealing with very stressful and difficult circumstances asking that they take on additional burden of sorting out a loved one's care is unrealistic in most cases.
"While the direct payments model may work for some families, many may not be in a position to take on the role of the employer.
"Clearly there needs to be a more effective system in place providing domiciliary care packages which are an extremely important and valuable service.
"Unfortunately, care packages are often seen as an easy target when budgets are limited. This was clearly seen during the sham health cuts process earlier this year.
"A review into adult social care is ongoing and while we all know the pressures within the system, Sinn Féin is strongly making the case for a public service which is a sustainable and caring model."