Thursday 23 November 2017

State refund on water bills better spent on boosting care of elderly

Improving care home services needs funding to make it happen. Our elderly deserve nothing less, says Tadgh Daly

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Tadgh Daly

There are two realities in Ireland. What the State sets down as an obligation and what it is willing to pay. Parents see this in education, farmers on their land, business people see this in regulations, and older people see it in their care.

Care and welfare regulations, set and inspected by the independent body Hiqa, stipulate that nursing homes must provide residents with "facilities for occupation and recreation and opportunities to participate in activities in accordance with their interests and capacities".

This is as it should be and Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) members provide a range of goods, services and activities that one would expect for residents in what is their "home from home".

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