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Where do I get a list of nursing homes?

If you apply for the Nursing Home Support Scheme (NHSS), better known as the Fair Deal scheme, you do so through a regional NHSS office and it will have a list of registered nursing homes in your area. 

A list of the approved nursing homes and their cost of care is available on the HSE website.

You can find the contact details for the NHSS office in your area by either consulting the HSE website or ringing the HSE helpline 1850 24 1850. 

Nursing Homes Ireland has a list of private nursing homes on its website but not every nursing home would be listed.

 

How do I choose a nursing home?

Find out as much as you can about nursing homes in your area. The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has set out the National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland.

The HSE has also drawn up a checklist that may be useful to you in putting together your own questions.

The HIQA website also carries the reports of inspections of nursing homes and you should consult these before choosing a nursing home.  

 

Do I have to pay for nursing home care?

There are no free nursing home beds in Ireland and everyone must pay something towards the cost of their care. 

There are two ways of paying for nursing home care, one through the Nursing Home Support Scheme (NHSS), which is commonly called the Fair Deal, and the second is by paying a private nursing home the full cost of the care directly.  If you apply for the NHSS the HSE will assist with the cost of the nursing home. 

If you chooses to go privately then either the older person or someone on their behalf will have to pay the full cost of the nursing home.

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Age Action Calls for €9 per week Rise In Old Age Pension in Budget 2020

Organisation also proposes that Government commission research on the Cost of Ageing to ensure policy meets needs of ageing population

Age Action, the advocacy organisation for older people, has called for the state’s Old Age Pension to increase by €9 per week in Budget 2020. The call was made at today’s Pre-Budget Forum, which is being organised by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and is being held in Dublin Castle’s Conference Centre.

Celine Clarke, Age Action’s Head of Advocacy and Communications, said that a €9 increase in the weekly Old Age Pension would be a key step in building towards the Government’s own commitment that the pension should be set at 35% of average weekly earnings.

“The National Pensions Framework was published almost 10 years ago and it committed the Government to benchmarking the Old Age Pension at 35% of average weekly earnings. In order to move the current pension payment towards the delivery of that target, we are calling on the Government to increase the weekly pension payment by €9,” Celine Clarke said.

Ms Clarke provided additional context to Age Action’s call for a €9 per week pension rise, when she explained that in 2009, the weekly income for pensioners depending on the State – when all the benefits were added together – was €265.44, this year it’s €273.63 – only €7.89 higher than it was higher than it was 10 years ago. 

“While pensions have increased by a welcome €5 per week over the last few years, there is no clear and transparent formula informing these increases, and Ireland is also unusual in setting the pension rate in the budget every year. Age Action is urging the Government to consider applying a triple lock formula for pension increases – namely, guaranteeing that the basic State pension will rise by a minimum of either 2.5%, the rate of inflation or average earnings growth, whichever is the larger.”

In addition to the proposals on pension increases, Age Action is also calling for:

  • The commissioning of research by Government on the Cost of Ageing to inform the development of policy so that the country can meet the needs of our ageing population – a similar exercise has been carried out in relation to the Cost of Disability;
  • Increase the income threshold for all means-tested benefits in line with increases to the Old Age Pension and secondary benefits;
  • Increase the Living Alone Allowance by €5 per week;
  • Increase the Fuel Allowance rate by €2.35 and reintroduce a 32-week payment period.

Pre-Budget Submission to Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

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