Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (583)

Stephen Donnelly


583. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the estimated full year cost of providing an additional 200 intensive home care packages for persons with dementia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30951/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Nationally, the HSE is providing approximately €7.9 million for Dementia-Specific Intensive Homecare Packages this year to facilitate people with dementia who have complex needs to remain living at home. Since the introduction of these packages at the end of 2014, 443 dementia-specific intensive homecare packages have been delivered, with 201 active at the end of March 2019.

People with dementia can also avail of standard Home Support Services for Older People, on the basis of need and within the resources available. A total of €426 million has been provided for home support services this year, delivering over 17.9 million home support hours to over 53,000 people.

The level of funding available for the Department of Health in 2020 and the quantum of services to be provided by the HSE, including for persons with dementia, will be considered as part of the national Estimates and budgetary process and National Service Planning.

With regard to the full year cost of providing an additional 200 intensive homecare packages, as this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy.