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Consultation launched on nursing home contracts

Audry Deane
Written by: Audry Deane
Health Policy Officer
30/01/2018

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Are you one of the 22,000 people living in a long-term residential care in Ireland, asks Audry Deane.

Is a member of your family living in a nursing home and are you involved in their care?

Are you clear on what charges and costs are included in this care?  

It is not always easy to work out which costs and fees, charged by the nursing homes, are extra and additional to the basic contract of providing care, bed and board.

Last year Age Action published a briefing paper highlighting the lack of transparency around nursing home fees for residents using the Fair Deal scheme.

Contract concern

Following this the contracts used in nursing homes was identified as an issue of concern for the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

The CCPC wants to make sure that residents and their families understand the terms and conditions of the contract of care they enter into with the nursing home they have chosen.

Guidelines will be published by the CCPC to protect people and to ensure the contracts they sign up for are fair and easy to understand. 

Hear from you

But first of all they want to hear from residents, their families or representatives, or anyone who has been involved in organising a contract of care in long-term residential services in Ireland.

The consultation period opened on 28 January and will run until 23 February 2018.

You can find out more and download the consultation paper here.

You can also contact the CCPC for more information by emailing them at carehomes@ccpc.ie or writing by post to: FAO Lisa Flanagan-Donnelly, Care Homes Project, CCPC, Bloom House, Railway Street, D01 C576, Ireland. 

Finally, Age Action will be putting together our own submission and you can help by emailing your experiences or your own submission to health@ageaction.ie

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