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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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