Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (259)

Seán Fleming


259. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Health when services for persons with disabilities between 60 and 65 years of age will be provided in County Laois (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22546/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The Deputy advised that he is looking at the level of day care services available for people aged over 65 with a disability, and if they are accessing services that are not available to people aged under 65 with similar disabilities, specifically if there a difference between services being accessed by people with disabilities because of their age.

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.