Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (467)

Finian McGrath


467. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health the position regarding nursing home care in respect of a person (details supplied). [11003/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009 enables certain items, called allowable deductions, to be taken into account during an individual's financial assessment. One of the items listed is borrowings incurred specifically for the purchase, repair or improvement of the principal residence to the extent that such amount has not been repaid. The HSE must be satisfied that the purpose of incurring the borrowings was for the purchase, repair or improvement of the residence.

As the HSE is responsible for the administration of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, this matter has been passed to the Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.