Wednesday 18 October 2017

Caring for the elderly in their own homes isn't just the right thing to do, it makes financial sense too

'Older people are going to fare better when they are in the environment with which they are most familiar' (stock photo)
'Older people are going to fare better when they are in the environment with which they are most familiar' (stock photo)

Willie O'Dea

We owe it to our older people not only to find the best way of supporting them in their old age, but to make sure that this support is delivered in the way that allows people the maximum dignity, comfort and security.

That means that elderly and infirm people should, where it is humanly possible, be catered for in the comfort and security of their own homes.

Indeed, that is State policy, but, where this is not an option and additional support is needed, there are just two alternatives available: the State (or the family) provides support in the home or in a nursing home.

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