Saturday 29 July 2017

Finding sustainable funding for homecare is in all our best interests

Fashion designer and TV presenter Brendan Courtney. Photo: Andres Poveda
Fashion designer and TV presenter Brendan Courtney. Photo: Andres Poveda

Lorna Roe

'There's no place like home," said Dorothy, clicking her heels. It's a sentiment we can all relate to but older people struggle to achieve, as Brendan Courtney showed earlier this week.

The TV presenter and his family documented the aftermath of their father's devastating stroke in 'We Need to Talk About Dad', which rendered him reliant on others to do daily basic tasks. There were medical tasks too, but the Courtneys hoped they could spend money under the Fair Deal scheme to buy the supports required to bring their father home.

Unfortunately, a complex system of services and grants with complicated and often incomprehensible rules, significant waiting times and perverse incentives, meant their father remained in hospital. Understandably, Courtney ended the programme on RTÉ in a blaze of anger demanding action.

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