Home Help crisis hitting most vulnerable the hardest – Smith

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Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Brendan Smith, has said the increasing numbers waiting on home help hours are concerning. The latest figures from the HSE reveal that 6,310 people were on waiting lists for home help services at the end of April.

Deputy Smith commented, “Over the past number of years we have seen the number of people waiting for home help hours increase significantly, but despite this, the resources have failed to meet demand leaving some service actually losing hours.  

 “I have been contacted by carers, families, and others with great concern. Many are left in hospitals or in nursing homes due to a lack of home support. Instead of allowing people to live and be cared for in their own homes, they are forcing them into nursing homes and hospitals.  

“The fact that more than 6,000 people are on waiting lists for hours shows clearly how strained the service has become. The Minister needs to clarify how many people in Cavan and Monaghan will be affected by these proposed cuts, as there is no doubt that any reduction in hours will push an already stretched service to the brink.

“Home help services are essential, they must be maintained, and indeed increased.  Any move to reduce hours further cannot be countenanced and measures must be taken to ensure that these home helps are protected into the future”, concluded Deputy Smith.