Sunday 21 July 2019

Some 623 wait in Fingal for home support

John Manning

There are some 623 'vulnerable people' in Fingal waiting for home support services across Fingal and north Dublin.

That is according to local TD and Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Health, Louise O'Reilly.

Speaking in the Dáil on Wednesday Sinn Féin TD for Fingal Louise O'Reilly challenged the Government saying it is 'extremely worrying' that there are over 623 of the most vulnerable people, such as older people and those with disabilities, waiting for home support services across Fingal and North Dublin.

Deputy O'Reilly said: 'Home support services such as home care packages and home help hours are some of the most important services the HSE provide. Not only do they allow for older people to stay in their homes, but they are also incredibly important for those with ailments or disabilities.'

She added: 'Currently there are 6,285 vulnerable people waiting for home support across the State and a staggering 623 of those are waiting here in Fingal and North Dublin.'

'Indeed, Fingal and North Dublin have the second highest number of people waiting for home support across the State.

'This situation is a serious cause for concern because such waits for care can contribute to the escalation of illnesses, older people can have accidents, and it also causes delayed discharges from hospitals. "Getting older or having a disability should not leave you invisible to the State.

'The State must ensure that older people and those who have a disability can get the home support they need and live at home with respect, with dignity, and as comfortably as possible.'

Fingal Independent