Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Questions (185)

Denis Naughten

Question:

185. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health the number of nursing home residents availing of the saver transitional arrangements under the nursing home support scheme; if the saver provision also applied to persons in long-term residential psychiatric care on the day the nursing home support scheme came into force that subsequently transferred to long-term geriatric care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40094/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Section 12 of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009 included a transitional provision whereby relevant nursing home residents could opt to remain outside the Scheme if they were already receiving long-term residential care within the meaning of that Act prior to the Scheme's commencement on 27 October 2009.  Those availing of this option continued to be covered by any pre-existing charging or contributions or subvention frameworks applicable to them.  HSE data indicates that these transitional provisions currently apply to fewer than 700 nursing home residents (691 in July 2019). 

These transitional provisions did not apply to those transferring, on or after 27 October 2009, to long-term residential care in a relevant nursing home from other types of care, including from residential psychiatric care.