The scale of the challenge facing older people in delayed discharge hospital beds who are trying to either go home, move into a nursing home or receive other rehabilitation or respite service, is highlighted in a report published today.
Age Action has welcomed today’s clarification by the Minister for Older People that she is not seeking any increased contribution from older people towards the cost of their nursing home beds under the Fair Deal scheme. However, Age Action remains concerned about the funding of the scheme and the impact this is having on vulnerable older people awaiting a nursing home bed.
Age Action has warned that if the waiting list and waiting times for the Fair Deal nursing home scheme continue to grow due to insufficient funding, it will result in untold hardship for older people and further disruption to hospital services.
Age Action is urging communities to play their part to ensure that their older neighbours remain safe and well in their homes as Met Eireann forecasted snowy and icy conditions today for many parts of Ireland.