Tuesday 22 August 2017

Nursing homes don't cause extra charges, they just deliver the government-designed scheme

Sort out Fair Deal or cost of care could fall back on families and hospitals

'The people who own, manage and work in private and voluntary nursing homes are people who get up early in the morning (and in the night and on weekends), to make sure residents have their health and social care needs met 24/7, 365 days per year' (stock photo)
'The people who own, manage and work in private and voluntary nursing homes are people who get up early in the morning (and in the night and on weekends), to make sure residents have their health and social care needs met 24/7, 365 days per year' (stock photo)

Tadhg Daly

There is much reference these days to the "people who get up early in the morning" and how they are the most deserving of resources when Budget 2018 is delivered.

But working hard and getting up early is not new and not just a phenomenon of the so-called 'squeezed middle'.

The Sunday Independent has over the past two weeks written about private and voluntary nursing homes, the Fair Deal scheme - and charges for services that are not covered by this scheme.

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