Press Release

Moffat announces £2million in new initiative for older people

Dr. Tom Moffatt T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (Thursday 27 July, 2000) announced a new initiative to provide aids and appliances to older people in their homes.

“Most older people, given the choice, prefer to stay in their own homes. However, in a situation where an older person experiences difficulties with the activities of daily living, it can become a problem for that person to maintain his/her independence.” Dr. Moffatt said. The Minister went on to explain that the provision of medical and other appliances or aids can be an essential element in helping older people to remain at home. It can also be a critical factor in helping older people cope better following a stay in hospital.

“I have, therefore, made available for immediate allocation by the health boards / Eastern Regional Health Authority a sum of £2 million for the provision of aids and appliances to older people in their homes. I am confident that this initiative, together with other measures taken by this Government over the past number of years in support of older people, will contribute to the improvement in the quality of life for our older citizens.” Dr. Moffatt said.

The type of aids and appliances which will be made available include walking sticks and frames, wheelchairs, commodes, bed rests, special beds and incontinence wear. Bath/toilet seats and stair rails, bed hoists and rails, support frames for chairs and beds and non-slip mats would also be covered. Arrangements for the implementation of this initiative are being worked out with the health boards/ERHA.

The special provision of £2m is being allocated among health boards/ERHA based on the population of older people in each area as follows:

  • ERHA – 0.6
  • Midland – 0.12
  • Mid-Western – 0.2
  • North-Eastern – 0.16
  • North-Western – 0.14
  • South-Eastern – 0.22
  • Southern – 0.32
  • Western – 0.24