Press Release

Minister Callely launches Irish Nursing Homes Organisation’s Survey of the private nursing homes sector

Mr. Ivor Callely, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, today, (15 July 2003), launched the Irish Nursing Homes Organisation´s survey of the private nursing home sector. The survey, the first of its kind, relates to the experiences of private nursing home operators, and provides a valuable insight into the strengths and weaknesses experienced by nursing home owners across the country.

Minister Callely emphasised the importance of the development of services and facilities for older people to meet the increased demand expected by our growing population of older people, and re-affirmed the Government´s commitment to provide a greater number of public beds, as advised in the National Health Strategy, and also the 850 beds provided for in the Public Private Partnership project.

The Minister acknowledged the work of the private nursing home sector, which offers an invaluable service in providing long term residential care to older dependent members of our society, and he noted that the standard of care provided in the private sector was high, as they are subject to twice yearly inspections from the Health Boards.

Minister Callely also acknowledged that the private sector had a continuing important role to play in the development of long term care services in Ireland. He stated that mechanisms to support a partnership approach between the private and statutory sectors were being developed.

“A healthy spirit of partnership exists between the Department of Health and Children and the private nursing home sector and it is hope that this would continue into the future” stated the Minister.

The Minister also referred to the recent launch of the Review of the Nursing Home Subvention Scheme in conjunction with the Department of Social and Family Affairs report on the financing of long term care, and that a review of the Nursing Home Regulations is currently underway within the Department. He highlighted that consultation in the review process was important to determine how the subvention scheme might be improved.

Minister Callely advised the Irish Nursing Homes Organisation that, as Minister with responsibility for services for older people, he is examining all options in an inovative and creative way in developing Personal Care Packages and Case management for Older People.

The Minister congratulated the Irish Nursing Homes Organisation on its initiative in undertaking the survey, and wished it every success in the future.