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Consultation launched on nursing home contracts

Audry Deane
Written by: Audry Deane
Health Policy Officer


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 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



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Raising the Roof - Homes for All Ages

Raise the Roof Rally for Housing 18 May

Preparing to Raise the Roof

Age Action, motivated by intergenerational solidarity, is joining the Raise the Roof campaign to tackle the continuing housing crisis that is affecting people of all ages.  People are being mobilised through trade unions and community organisations, to stage a major national rally on the housing crisis under the banner of Raise the Roof, in Dublin on Saturday May 18.

When people take an interest in what is happening in their local community, seek solutions to problems and initiate improvements they are being active citizens. Community is the foundational building block of society and housing is fundamental to community. Ireland’s housing crisis is rightly dominating public discourse as it undermines our ability to live with dignity as part of a community.  Ireland’s changing demographic brings with it a changing demand for homes that meet the needs of an ageing population.

The Government’s failure to deliver on a whole of Government approach to ageing and provide good quality social housing to meet demand has resulted in older people feeling subjected to negative, ageist language about their needs and wishes for suitable housing and health supports as is evidenced in the narrative on ‘down-sizing’ or ‘right-sizing’.

In the 60s and 70s the State implemented policies to support owner occupation of housing. People on lower incomes were able to buy their own homes which went some way to addressing wealth inequalities. According to Professor Tony Fahey, writing in Social Justice Ireland’s book ‘From Here to Where?’, by the year 2000 even low-income households owned substantial housing wealth and were less disadvantaged by inequalities in housing wealth than they were by inequalities in income.

Most of the growing population of young private renters today grew up in homes that were owned by their parents. Prof Fahey identified the essential features of secure long-term housing as being affordable, and having secure tenure. As he says, “today’s private rented housing has neither of these features”.

Looking at the future needs of an ageing population, for those aged 50-54 almost 10% were renting from private landlords at the time of Census 2016. It can be assumed that these people will continue in the rental market beyond their working years which leaves them in a vulnerable situation.

We encourage any and all of you who can to be active citizens and march with us on Saturday May 18 in a show of intergenerational solidarity. We will be gathering at 1pm at Parnell Square. You will find us behind an Age Action banner. At 2pm we will march down O'Connell Street towards Custom House Quay and join the Rally for Housing (location to be confirmed) by 3pm.

For more information about the campaign visit