Wednesday 17 October 2018

Plight of elderly over nursing home costs

'Any social programme charges, if legitimate, should be related to the actual social participation of residents and their ability to pay' (stock picture)
'Any social programme charges, if legitimate, should be related to the actual social participation of residents and their ability to pay' (stock picture)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

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.

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