'Top-up charges' on elderly are shameful
Another day, another tale of elder abuse. This time, the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has revealed how elderly people in care and their families have been enraged by unfair top-up charges.
There is the case of an elderly woman, who is blind, being levied €2 per day for a newspaper which the poor woman cannot read. The case screams out from a range of angry complaints from elderly people and their families covered by the Fair Deal scheme.
The focus is on the controversial additional charges imposed by private nursing homes. In some cases cited, frail or elderly people are not able to avail of social activities covered by the charges. Others are paying for services which are not provided, according to documentation obtained under Freedom of Information.