Publications

Health Research Board Report – Approaches to the regulation and financing of home care services in four European countries. An evidence review.

The Department of Health is currently undertaking work to develop a new statutory formal home care scheme for older people, and in 2016 commissioned a review by the Health Research Board (HRB) of the way in which homecare services are funded and regulated in other European countries.  This evidence review is part of the preparatory work undertaken to inform the regulation and financing of such a scheme.

This evidence review describes approaches to the regulation and financing of formal home care services in four European countries – Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Scotland. It looks at the evidence from these countries, with the aim of describing regulatory measures, such as legislation, national standards, staff and provider accreditation, eligibility and needs assessment, financing of regulation, and the financing of formal home care services themselves. This will help to inform the debate around future consideration of approaches to formal home care regulation and financing in the Irish context.

Approaches to the regulation and financing of home care services in four European countries – An evidence review