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Age Action response to HSE Service Plan 2018

Published 20/12/2017

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Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people, has welcomed the increased investment in homecare services announced in today’s HSE Service Plan for 2018 while warning more funding is needed to enable older people to stay at home.  

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications, said: “Homecare in Ireland is in crisis. Waiting lists are growing and older people are forced into nursing homes because they are not being supported to live at home.

“The increased investment in home care supports outlined in today’s HSE Service Plan is undoubtedly welcome, as are plans to simplify the application process.

“But while the additional funding will help some families who are struggling to cope the scale of the crisis means we need far more resources to help older people stay at home, with their families, as long as possible.”

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(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.