Consultation on Home Care Services

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, and Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly, TD, have announced the opening of a public consultation on home care services.  The consultation is being carried out in order to help inform the development of a new statutory scheme and system of regulation for home care services.

The consultation paper is particularly aimed at people who use home care services, their families and the general public.  However, everyone with an interest, including: health and social care providers; health and social care workers; advocacy groups; those providing complementary services (such as meals-on-wheels and social activities); and representative organisations is welcome to participate.

It is important to note that the Department intends to consult with stakeholders throughout the process of developing the new scheme.  As such, this consultation paper is just the start of a broader consultation process on home care.  The Department will also consult by:

  • Meeting with individuals and groups so they can tell us directly what they think;
  • Meeting with home care service provider organisations and other organisations that represent people that use home care services so they have the opportunity to put forward their views; and
  • Asking everyone with an interest in home care services to tell us what they think of our plans when they are developed.

Have Your Say

You can have your voice heard on this matter by completing one of the consultation papers below.

Note: If you are responding on behalf of an organisation or representative body, please respond to the more detailed version of the paper.

Online Survey:

A copy of the papers can also be downloaded:

If you have any questions or would like to be sent a copy of the consultation paper, please contact the Department of Health at the contact details below.


Phone: (01) 6354402 or (01) 6354732

Post: Home Care Consultation, Room 204, Department of Health, Hawkins House, Hawkins Street, Dublin 2, D02 VW90.

Closing date for submissions has been extended to: 6pm on Monday 2 October 2017.

All submissions received will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and may be released in response to a Freedom of Information request. 

Health Research Board Evidence Review
As an initial step in the development of a home care scheme, the Department commissioned the Health Research Board to undertake an evidence review of the home care systems that are in place in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Scotland. This review was published on 11 April 2017.

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