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Advice: Worried sick? The looming spectre of nursing care costs

The Fair Deal Scheme is loaded against farmers. Families are having to sell farms to pay for their elderly to be looked after - and the government needs to do something fast

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Cause for concern: Nursing home care can be costly - at least €1,000 per week - and it can present a serious problem as most farmers are cash poor and asset rich - and it is the assets such as farmland that can exclude them from support

Cause for concern: Nursing home care can be costly - at least €1,000 per week - and it can present a serious problem as most farmers are cash poor and asset rich - and it is the assets such as farmland that can exclude them from support

Cause for concern: Nursing home care can be costly - at least €1,000 per week - and it can present a serious problem as most farmers are cash poor and asset rich - and it is the assets such as farmland that can exclude them from support

Traditionally, very few farmers have ended up in nursing care, but unfortunately, the days are all but gone where ageing farmers can rest comfortably in the knowledge that their family will take care of them in their autumn years, if needs be.

These days, the spectre of nursing home care and its cost keeps cropping up when I talk to farmers.

These concerns were somewhat allayed three years ago when the government announced a proposal to place a three-year cap on including active family farms in the financial assessment for eligibility for support under the Fair Deal Scheme.