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Nursing Home Support Scheme

May 23, 2011

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

Stop the anxiety and uncertainty for Older People and their families. 

 

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament calls on the Minister for Health James O’Reilly T.D. to clarify immediately the position with regard to the ongoing funding for the Nursing Homes Support Scheme and to ensure that the necessary actions are taken by the HSE to ensure that the Support Scheme continues to be available to those Older People and their families who need it.

Older People and their families must have certainty about the future for their loved ones who through stroke, dementia or other age related illnesses need care in a residential setting. For many this need occurs at the end of a caring and coping period in the person’s own home through the support of family, community care and other supports. This is a basic need and must be available to those who need it.

In this matter of such concern to Older People we call on the Minister for Service for Older People, Kathleen Lynch T.D. to intervene to have this matter resolved for Older People and their families. We urge her to use her voice to ensure that no Older Person is denied the care they need.

ENDS

for further information contact:                                           

Mairead Hayes                                                                        Tel:   (01) 8561243

Chief Executive Officer                                                                      

Irish Senior Citizens Parliament                                    19th May  2011 

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One comment

  1. This proposal to reduce contributory state pensions is going to mean more hardship for the elderly. Women, particularly those who have worked in the home and reared children will be made exist on less money. Mature students who went back to college in order to gain qualifications in later life will also suffer.
    Actions is called for.



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