Home help hours are slashed
FIGURES OBTAINED by Sinn Féin Deputy Gerry Adams reveal that there has been a significant cut in home help hours in Louth over the last five years.
According to the HSE there were 241,656 home help hours in Louth in 2008, excluding Home Care Packages.
In the period up to September of this year this figure has plummeted to 129,648.
The figures for Home Care packages also reveal a significant drop from 191,695 in 2008 to 144,898 up to September of this year.
The overall figure reveals that the total number of home help hours in 2008 was 433,351 while for this year – up to September – the figure is 274,546.
'In October the HSE revealed that there are 1184 citizens in Louth dependent upon home helps. Many of these are older citizens who rely on the home help service.
'The policy of the Fine Gael and Labour government to severely cut home help hours, supported by government TDs Fergus O Dowd, Ged Nash and Peter Fitzpatrick, will have a substantial and adverse impact on vulnerable older citizens, disabled citizens, their families and the home help carers who support them,' he said.