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6,285 vulnerable people waiting for Home Support – O’Reilly

13 November, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this morning, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD said that it is extremely worrying that there are over 6,200 of the most vulnerable people, such as older people and those with disabilities, waiting for home support services across the State.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“Home support services such as home care packages and home help hours are some of the most important services the HSE provide. Not only do they allow for older people to stay in their homes, but they are also incredibly important for those with ailments or disabilities.

“As the number of over 65s in the State grows, it is important that funding for home support and the number of people employed by the HSE to deliver home support grows to meet demand.

“However, the reality is that the Minister for Health and Fine Gael has not given the necessary financial and human resources to ensure the HSE can deliver adequate home support nationwide.

“Currently, there are 6,285 vulnerable people waiting for home support across the State.

“Some counties have been absolutely left behind with a staggering 674 people waiting in Galway, 623 are on waiting lists in North Dublin, while there are 578 people left waiting in Wexford. 

“This situation is a serious cause for concern because such waits for care can contribute to the escalation of illnesses, older people can have accidents, and it also causes delayed discharges from hospitals.

“Getting older or having a disability should not leave you invisible to the State and these supports should not be a postcode lottery depending on where you happen to live.

“The State must ensure that older people and those who have a disability can get the home support they need and live at home with respect, with dignity, and as comfortably as possible.” 

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