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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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A Fair Society for All? Listening to the Voices of Older People

Often, inequalities experienced by older people reflect an accumulated disadvantage which can be as a result of factors such as socio-economic status, health, gender, location. How existing inequalities impact on us as we age is something we in Age Action explored through a panel discussion 10 September – A Fair Society For All? Listening to the Voice of Older People – in Croke Park, on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting 2019.

An audience of over 160 people, including members of Age Action and people working in the ageing sector, joined the conversatoin which included a panel disucssion moderated by the CEO Paddy Connolly. The discussion centred on a discussion paper, Equality for All - Older People for Equality, published by Age Action in advance.The  panel set the scene with inputs from Michael Taft, Economist and political economy columnist, Colette Bennett, Policy Analyst Social Justice Ireland, Deirdre Garvey, CEO The Wheel, Ailbhe Smith, Co-Director of Together for Yes.