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Campaigners welcome increased funding for homecare in Budget 2018

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Campaigners welcome increased funding for homecare in Budget 2018

A group of Ireland’s leading not for profit organisations and campaigners today welcomed the announcement that an extra €37 million will be invested in homecare and transitional care beds in 2018.

A spokesperson for the group said, “This increased investment in homecare will go some way to meeting the needs of thousands of people across Ireland who are currently on long waiting lists for homecare that will support them to live and die well in the community, stay out of hospital and long-term residential care, and remain in their own homes with their families if that is their wish. As of July 2017, there were approximately 4,600 people on waiting lists for homecare and this funding will help to address this significant back log”.

Homecare is also vital in supporting Ireland’s 360,000 family carers, who provide the vast majority of care for people at home. The system relies heavily on these carers who provide in the region of €10bn worth of care every year and who need our support.

While welcoming this additional investment, the group warned that Ireland’s ageing population requires a significant annual increase in funding for homecare. “It is essential that the Government build on this investment and continue to increase funding for homecare so that people can remain living well in their own homes for as long as possible”, their spokesperson said.

The group is also calling on Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly TD to provide further details on the next steps in the consultation process on a new statutory homecare scheme and to set out a clear timeline for the introduction of this scheme.

This call is supported by the following organisations:

  • Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
  • Active Ageing Partnership
  • Age Action
  • Age & Opportunity
  • The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
  • Care Alliance Ireland
  • Disability Federation of Ireland
  • Irish Association of Social Workers
  • Irish Heart Foundation
  • Irish Hospice Foundation
  • MS Ireland
  • Neurological Alliance of Ireland
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