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Age Action welcomes additional home help funding

Published 16/06/2016

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Age Action has welcomed additional funding for home help services announced today by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD but the organisation warned that thousands of older people will still not get the support they need.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Age Action, said: “Home help services are in crisis with growing waiting lists right across Ireland so the additional funding announced by Minister Harris today is certainly welcome.

“However, the reality is that even with these additional resources community care is still grossly underfunded and thousands of older people are simply not getting the support they need.

“An effective community care system needs requires ring-fenced, centralised, annual budgets. But we need to go further. The Government should start examining how we can bring in a right to community care for all older people in this country.

“People have a right to a nursing home bed; it’s time they had a right to stay home.”

Along with the Alzheimer Society, the Irish Association of Social Workers and the School of Social Policy in UCD, Age Action recently launched a report on the state of community care

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Call for Voices of Older People to be Heard

Age Action welcomes relaxation of some cocooning measures but criticises lack of consultation with older people.

 

 

(1 May) Age Action called for the Government to consult with older people as it plans for the longer-term impacts of Covid-19. To date, public health and Government advice has treated the over 70 age cohort as one. As a single age cohort people over the age of 70 have been subject to public health measures but not enabled to participate in the decision-making process that would ensure that their lived experience and their self-identified needs informs the outcome.