'It's cheaper for the State to help us in our home'
Evelyn and Terence Wainwright currently get one hour's HSE home care each day, from Monday to Friday.
But their lives would be made so much easier if they had more support.
Evelyn (70) suffers from polio, which affects her mobility.
She is the main carer of Terence (81), a former city council worker, who suffered a stroke and has other health complications.
The couple, who live in Togher, Cork, would like to see some of the budget from the nursing home Fair Deal scheme freed up to allow older people, who live at home, to purchase private care. "I used to have one hour's home help a week for myself but that was taken away.
"I had to fight for the home care for Terence.
"I could not manage it on my own.
"The HSE home care worker comes every morning to get Terence dressed and I take over at the weekend."
Evelyn says they take life "day by day" and despite the financial struggle they make health insurance for Terence a priority.
"He would not be alive if he had to rely on the public system," she said. "I think it would be fairer all round if people could get a share of what it would cost for a nursing home to buy the home care themselves.
"It is less costly for the State. A nursing home costs well over €1,000 a week," added Evelyn.