Disability Services Data

Questions (330)

Shane Cassells

Question:

330. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on the waiting list for residential care for adults with an intellectual disability in County Westmeath in each of the years 2008 to 2018, in tabular form. [26116/19]

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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.

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.

Disability Services Data

Questions (331)

Shane Cassells

Question:

331. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Health the number of adults with intellectual disabilities in residential care in County Westmeath in tabular form. [26117/19]

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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.

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.

Hospital Accommodation Provision

Questions (332)

Jack Chambers

Question:

332. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health the reason a unit (details supplied) in a hospital is being closed; the measures being taken to accommodate the services and patients at the unit in a new location; the impact of the closure on staff in the unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26152/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible

Health Services Staff

Questions (333)

Eamon Scanlon

Question:

333. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health when new contracts will be offered to community employees (details supplied) in CHO 1; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26158/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

Question No. 335 answered with Question No. 321.

Questions (334)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

334. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of equipment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26159/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for reply to the Deputy.

Question No. 335 answered with Question No. 321.

Traveller Community

Questions (336)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

336. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Health if each CHO has Traveller co-ordinators in place regarding the provision of mental health services for Travellers. [26186/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Health Services

Questions (337)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

337. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the status of an application by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26187/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Health Services Provision

Questions (338)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

338. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Health if assistance will be provided to a person (details supplied). [26188/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.

Respite Care Services Data

Questions (339)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

339. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the number of respite hours provided for adults with an intellectual disability in County Mayo in each of the years from 2008 to 2018, in tabular form. [26197/19]

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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.

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

Respite Care Services Data

Questions (340)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

340. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the number of respite hours provided for children with an intellectual disability in County Mayo in each of the years from 2008 to 2018, in tabular form. [26198/19]

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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.

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.

Respite Care Services Data

Questions (341)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

341. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the number of respite hours provided for adolescents with an intellectual disability in County Mayo in each of the years from 2008 to 2018, in tabular form. [26199/19]

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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 Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

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.

Disability Services Data

Questions (342)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

342. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on the waiting list for residential care for adults with an intellectual disability in County Mayo in each of the years from 2008 to 2018, in tabular form. [26200/19]

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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.

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.

Disability Services Data

Questions (343)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

343. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the number of adults with intellectual disabilities in residential care in County Mayo. [26201/19]

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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.

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.

Disabilities Assessments

Questions (344, 345)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

344. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number and percentage of applications of assessments of needs under the Disability Act 2005 commenced within three and six months, respectively, of a completed application being received as per the timeframes set out in SI No. 263 of 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26212/19]

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Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

345. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number and percentage of complaints officer's recommendations under section 15 of the Disability Act 2005 that are completed within the timeframe provided by the complaints officer in the officer's report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26213/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 344 and 345 together.

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.

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.

Respite Care Services

Questions (346)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

346. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the lack of respite facilities and opportunities for persons with disabilities nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26214/19]

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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 Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

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

Respite Care Services Data

Questions (347)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

347. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if he has access to the information collated at local area level for parents of children and adults requesting respite; if there is information on requests granted and refused; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26215/19]

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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 Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

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

Ministerial Correspondence

Questions (348)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

348. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if he has received correspondence from disability service providers about their concerns regarding providing respite for adults with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26216/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

While I routinely receive correspondence from members of the Oireachtas, members of the public and disability service providers, I am not aware of any recent correspondence from service providers regarding respite provision.

As part of its ongoing service provision, this year, the HSE will provide over 182,500 respite nights and 32,662 day respite sessions to families in need right across the country. An additional €10m provided last year, has funded twelve new respite houses. That’s one in each HSE CHO area, plus an additional three houses in the Greater Dublin area to respond to the very high demand for respite from this area. These twelve additional houses are providing additional respite for families that need it. This year, the HSE will also fund a number of alternative respite services. These are practical and important solutions, such as summer camps, evening and Saturday clubs, benefitting hundreds of adults and children.

Respite Care Services Data

Questions (349)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

349. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Health the number of respite weeks provided in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26217/19]

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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 Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

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.

Respite Care Services

Questions (350)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

350. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Health the criteria used for respite care for persons with disabilities; if the age of the carer is taken into consideration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26218/19]

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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 Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

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

Respite Care Services Provision

Questions (351)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

351. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the number of persons with disabilities aged between 30 and 40 years of age and still being cared for by their parents; his plans for respite for such persons in view of the fact that their carers are much older now; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26219/19]

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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 Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

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.

Respite Care Services Provision

Questions (352)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

352. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Health his views on the lack of respite hours being provided and the impact that is having on families of persons with disabilities, in particular older parents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26220/19]

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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 Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

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

Philanthropy Initiatives

Questions (353)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

353. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if he or his officials have been in contact with or been contacted by philanthropic organisations to become involved in providing services for persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26221/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Service Reform Fund is an initiative of Atlantic Philanthropies, the Department of Health and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the HSE and Genio. The Fund supports reforms in homelessness, disability and mental health.

These reforms will focus on ensuring that person-centred and recovery-oriented services and supports are embedded, in line with government policy.

Governance of the Fund is by means of an Oversight Group, chaired by the Department and includes representation from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the HSE and Genio and up to last year The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Respite Care Services Funding

Questions (354)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

354. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Health the funding allocation for providing respite care in 2019; the amount drawn down to date in 2019; if all funding will be utilised for providing respite care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26222/19]

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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 Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability.

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.

Ministerial Meetings

Questions (355)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

355. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if he has met the Minister of State with special responsibility for disability issues to discuss the impact of the lack of home help hours being allocated and its impact on persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26223/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE provides a range of assisted living services including Personal Assistant (PA) and Home Support services to support individuals with disabilities to maximise their capacity to live full and independent lives. These are related but separate services and each is funded separately. While the resources for the provision of assisted living services available are substantial they are finite.

PA and Home Support Services are provided either directly by the HSE or through a range of voluntary service providers. The majority of specialised disability provision (80%) is delivered through non-statutory sector service providers.

The HSE is committed to protecting the level of Home Support services available to persons with disabilities. In the 2019 Service Plan, the HSE’s priority is to provide 3.08 million home support hours to 8,094 people with a disability, representing an increase of 150,000 hours over the 2018 target of 2.93 million hours.

I can assure the Deputy that both the Minister for Health and myself are fully aware of the situation and are fully committed to the level of supports provided to people with disabilities.