27.9.2016: NAI joins call for investment in home care in Budget 2017

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NAI was part of a group of Ireland's leading not for profit organisations and campaigners today in calling for increased investment in home care in Budget 2017.

The majority of people coping with the effects of ill health and disability, which includes a large number of older people and people with chronic and long term progressive illness, want to remain living in their own homes and to die at home if that is their wish. As a society we are failing to provide these people with the support they need.

Home care is often seen and used as a solution to the hospital crisis but it should be seen as an integral part of long term care in its own right.

The difference that appropriate home care can make to a family cannot be underestimated-it can support people to live well in their community, to stay out of hospital and long term residential care and to remain in their own homes with their families throughout their lives.

Our ageing population requires a signifcant annual increase in home care support. The cuts to home care provision over the years have not been restored to the levels required to keep pace with significant ageing demographics. Provision needs to increase by 4% per year merely to keep pace with these pressures. Research from Care Alliance Ireland suggests an ongoing deficit of 1.6m home care hours in 2016.

Home care and long term care support is a critical issue for people with neurological conditions and highlighted in the NAI pre budget submission. Approximately one third of disabled people living in residential care has a neurological condition and, while some people require this option, many more are accomodated in residential care because appropriate home care supports are not available to them.

The call today had strong support from neurological organisations with NAI members Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland, the Irish Hospice Foundation and the Irish Heart Foundation joining the NAI in calling on the Government to urgently increase investment in home care in Budget 2017 so that people can remain living in their own homes for as long as possible.


The organisations involved in today's call are Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Active Ageing Partnership, Active Retirement Ireland, Age Action, Age & Opportunity, Alone, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Care Alliance Ireland, Disability Federation of Ireland, Family Carers Ireland, the Irish Association of Social Workers, the Irish Heart Foundation, the Irish Hospice Foundation, MS Ireland, the Neurological Alliance of Ireland, Sage and Third Age.



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