Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Questions (141)

Seán Fleming

Question:

141. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Health the reason persons can be approved for the nursing home support scheme or fair deal in private nursing homes and the same applicants cannot be approved for respite care in the same institution (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25890/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS) is a system of financial support for those in need of long-term nursing home care. The scheme is provided for by the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009. Participants contribute to the cost of their care according to their income and assets while the State pays the balance of the cost. The scheme aims to ensure that long-term nursing home care is accessible and affordable for everyone and that people are cared for in the most appropriate settings. The scheme does not apply to respite or other short-term care. Applicants must be assessed as needing long-term nursing home care to be eligible for State support.