Opinion

Friday 28 April 2017

Time is not on our side as homes struggle to fund care

The HSE hands its own nursing homes up to seven times the fees paid to private counterparts - and it's discrimination, writes Tadhg Daly

Different treatments operate within the nursing home sector, with the HSE paying their own nursing homes up to seven times the fees payable to private counterparts, the majority
providers of specialist care (Stock image)
Different treatments operate within the nursing home sector, with the HSE paying their own nursing homes up to seven times the fees payable to private counterparts, the majority providers of specialist care (Stock image)

Tadhg Daly

On the surface, the fees payable and fees paid for provision of nursing home care can obscure and misrepresent what is actually going on.

The independent analyses inform of a sector under immense, sustained pressure. They inform of a funding model not recognising the realities of costs incurred to provide high dependency 24/7 residential care. They inform of regulatory costs not being encompassed within the fees payable, of a failure to appropriately resource for required staffing skill mixes.

Different treatments operate within the nursing home sector, with the HSE paying their own nursing homes up to seven times the fees payable to private counterparts, the majority providers of specialist care.

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