One million extra hours for homecare supports welcome – Smyth

Niamh Home Help imageFianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says the increase in homecare hours for 2020 will be welcomed by families across Counties Cavan, Monaghan, and North Meath who have had to endure long waiting times for hours to be issued to them.

Deputy Smyth was commenting following an increase in home help hours announced in Budget 2020.

Deputy Smyth commented, “The provision of an extra one million hours will be welcomed by families in my constituency who have experienced long waiting times for home help hours.

“Fine Gael has allowed a crisis in homecare supports to escalate over the past year, and the issue was always going to be a priority for us in Budget discussions. The service has been unable to keep pace with demand and we have seen a significant increase in the waiting lists as a result.

“Allied to this is the huge rise in delayed discharges in acute hospitals. It would have been reckless not to see action on this matter.

“Fianna Fáil has long believed that funding allocated to enable older people remain at home provides not only the best value for money but also reflects the wishes of most older people and their families.

“The Home Care Package was introduced in 2006 when Fianna Fáil was in government and it remains an extremely important part of our health service.  Today’s modest increase in home help hours will go some way to allowing people in Cavan-Monaghan to live longer in their own homes,” concluded Deputy Smyth.

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