Plight of elderly over nursing home costs
Sir - Congratulations on publishing your front cover story and full-length feature (Sunday Independent, September 17) on extra charges levied by many nursing homes on ''Fair Deal'' (FD) residents.
I am the designated next of kin to a 90-year-old man whose sole income is the old age pension of €243 per week. He pays a FD contribution of €199 per week direct to the nursing home, leaving him €44 per week for out of pocket expenses.
The nursing home wants to charge him €35 per week for ''social programmes'' - which would leave him only €9 per week. Social activities are a basic part of minimum HIQA standards for nursing homes and should be covered by the Fair Deal.