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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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Pension Inequality Firmly on the Election 2020 Campaign Agenda

Age Action joined the SIPTU led coalition of non-governmental organisations for the launch of the STOP67 campaign in Dublin today (Thursday, 23rd January) which aims to halt the increase of the state pension age for workers to 67 from next year in order to address inequalities in the pension system.

Speaking at the formal campaign launch in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in Kildare Street, Dublin, SIPTU Deputy General Secretary, Ethel Buckley, said: “STOP67 is the SIPTU campaign to stop the increase of the state pension age to 67 on 1st January, 2021.

“SIPTU representatives are not surprised this is a major general election issue. We have been hearing from our members since the abolition of the transitional pension scheme in 2014 about the difficulties that the retirement gap has been causing for workers. This includes the absolute indignity of people coming up to 65 years of age who are expecting to get their pension and having to sign on the dole.”

National Women’s Council of Ireland Director, Orla O’Connor, said: “This is a core issue for women. Women rely on the state pension for the vast majority of their income in older age. So, anything that impacts on state pensions disproportionally impacts on women.”

Age Action Chief Executive, Paddy Connolly, said: “This campaign is not only about stopping the rise of the pension age to 67 but also the creation of a stakeholder forum which will consider issues such as finances, age discrimination and others that effect people in their retirement.”

Active Retirement Ireland chief executive, Maureen Kavanagh, said: “Ireland has the youngest population but the highest prospective retirement age in the EU. We are not under the demographic pressure of other countries. Retirement is a great part of life but it has to be voluntary, flexible and appropriate. We can’t force people out of a job that they love, or to stay in their job.”

SIPTU General Secretary, Joe Cunningham, called on Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to make clear their position on the pensions issue.

He added: “All the other political parties are supporting the ‘STOP67’ campaign. The big two parties must make their position clear.”