Thursday 21 September 2017

Still no home help for 4,500, despite getting green light

Families can’t understand care system: TD Thomas Byrne. Picture: Tom Burke
Families can’t understand care system: TD Thomas Byrne. Picture: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

More than 4,500 people are waiting for home help hours and home care packages despite being approved for the services.

Waiting lists for services have now become a feature as the HSE struggles to put the necessary staff in place. Many of those affected are elderly, infirm or living with severe disabilities.

Figures released by the HSE to Fianna Fáil TD Thomas Byrne show 2,388 people are waiting for funding for home help without services currently and 2,182 people are waiting for a home care packages.

"The HSE is approving home help hours and home care packages without actually having the resource in place. This is incredibly difficult for those in need and their families, who rightly cannot understand how they are approved for a service and are not receiving it," Mr Byrne told the Irish Independent.

He said there had been a "race to the bottom" by the HSE when it came to recruiting home care workers.

The HSE said it was delivering a "significant level of service provision" and all those waiting would be provided with services "as soon as possible".

"Those people who are on the waiting list are reviewed to ensure that individual cases continue to be dealt on a priority basis within the available resources and as determined by local front-line staff," it said.

Irish Independent

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