Our elderly deserve security of state care
FIVE per cent of older Irish people require long-term nursing home care. This group comprises people of advanced age with high levels of disability and frailty.
The news that the 2011 funding for the Fair Deal Nursing Home Scheme has run out in the first half of the year is shocking as the most direct effects will be felt by highly vulnerable people at the point of transition from home or acute hospital to nursing home.
In the short term, Fair Deal co-funding must be restored to spare families any further distress or uncertainty.