Tuesday 25 October 2016

Up to 30pc of home value will be used to pay care bills

Published 03/04/2015 | 02:30

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

ELDERLY people in need of long-term care face signing over up to 30pc of the value of their home to cover the spiralling costs of nursing home bills.

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A major review of the State's Fair Deal Scheme has signalled pensioners will hand over a larger slice of their weekly income and the assets of their estate as part of a cost-curbing move.

The move comes as Health Minister Leo Varadkar unveiled a €74m-funded plan to help tackle the issue of 'bed blocking' and ease chronic overcrowding in the country's hospital emergency wards.

The new plan will see some €44m provided for 1,600 nursing home places under the Fair Deal scheme in order to reduce waiting times from 11 to four weeks.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar
Health Minister Leo Varadkar

Irish Independent

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