Press Release

Applications for the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, A Fair Deal, well on target

 

Áine Brady, T.D., Minister for Older People and Health Promotion, today (Thursday, 4th February 2010) announced that applications for the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, A Fair Deal, have exceeded 7,000.

“I am delighted that so many people have applied for the scheme. However, I am aware that there are many other people who could benefit from applying for the scheme and I would encourage them to do so as soon as possible.

The cost of nursing home care has been a financial burden for older people and their families for too long. The Fair Deal ensures that this burden is alleviated and that the cost of nursing home care is no longer a source of anxiety”.

Under the scheme, individuals make a contribution to the cost of their nursing home care based on their means. The HSE meets the full balance of cost over and above the individual’s contribution in public, private or voluntary nursing homes approved for the purpose of the scheme.

An important feature of the scheme is that applicants who were in long-term nursing home care on the date the scheme commenced (27th October 2009) shall have their State support backdated to that date. New entrants after the 27th October will have their State support paid from the date of application or the date of entry to the nursing home, whichever is the later.

While the scheme is resource capped, the Minister pointed out that the Government has made a sum of €97m available in 2010 for the Fair Deal scheme. This is in addition to the €55m made available in 2009.

The Minister said, “The overall budget for long-term residential care in Ireland for 2010 is now just over €1bn. This reflects a substantial ongoing commitment by this Government to this service, and to support some of the most vulnerable people in our society today”.