Laois and Offaly home help crisis raised in the Dáil – Brian Stanley TD
Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley raised the issue of a home help crisis occurring throughout Laois and Offaly.
Deputy Stanley called for the service to be immediately improved to ensure that elderly constituents are able to continue living in their own homes rather than in respite care.
Deputy Stanley said:
“There is a real crisis occurring in the provision of home help care in both Laois and Offaly.
“Some constituents can’t get the help which they require – others are experiencing severe delays in receiving the hours which they need.
“There are over 500 constituents approved for home help who have been left on a 'waiting list'. Some of those people have been waiting on that list for over 6 months – it is completely unacceptable.
“Some people are only getting 1 or 2 hours per week, when they are telling the HSE that they need more. Others are getting no hours at all and are being abandoned by the Government.
“I’ve had three constituents bring this issue to my office today alone.
“One of whom was an 86 year old woman who receives one hour of home help twice a day, 7 days per week – she has a high dependency on the system.
"Yet, for the next 2 weeks she is going to be left stranded as her home help is going on holiday and there is no one else to stand in. The system is in crisis.
“I received a reply from the HSE regarding this issue and I was told that when this occurs respite services are offered as an alternative!
“These people should not be forced out of their homes. They want to remain in their home. It’s also actually more affordable to just provide the 1 or 2 hours which the person needs rather than to push them into respite care.
“Sinn Féin is calling for the service to be immediately improved by the Government to ensure that elderly constituents are able to continue living in their own homes.”