A total of 640 older people were awaiting home care support in Co Wexford as of the end of May. That's according to figures obtained by Fianna Fáil TD James Browne, who has expressed major concern at the sheer volume of older people awaiting these supports. The figures for Wexford make for poor reading, when compared with those of neighbouring Carlow or Kilkenny who hadn't a single person on the waiting list.
'There is clearly a massive disparity in resources,' said Deputy Browne. 'This is only going to get worse. Over the next 30 years the number of people in Ireland over the age of 65 will double and the number over the age of 85 will quadruple. Chronic illness is a feature of an ageing population and these people will need extra help to afford them the ability to stay in their own homes.'
'I think the figures in Wexford are very worrying,' he continued. 'Only two areas have higher waiting lists and they are both in Dublin. There are some very rural parts of our county, places where older people in their own home do not have the same access to transport or services as they do in Dublin. The Minister needs to ensure that these people are not left behind. They should have the support they need to stay in their own homes. Where that is not possible they shouldn't have to languish on Fair Deal waiting lists.'