Thursday, 21 January 2021

Questions (320)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

320. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Health the number of persons with disabilities in receipt of home support hours in each local health office area as of 1 January 2021 or the latest date available, in tabular form; the number of persons currently on the waiting list for same in each local health office area, in tabular form; the number waiting from zero to three months, three to six months and six to 12 months, and for more than 12 months. [3002/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE provides a range of assisted living services including Home Support Services to support individuals to maximise their capacity to live full and independent lives.

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.

Services are accessed through an application process or through referrals from public health nurses or other community based staff. Individuals’ needs are evaluated against the criteria for prioritisation for the particular services and then decisions are made in relation to the allocation of resources. Resource allocation is determined by the needs of the individual, compliance with prioritisation criteria, and the level of resources available. As with every service there is not a limitless resource available for the provision of home support services and while the resources available are substantial they are finite. In this context, services are discretionary and the number of hours granted is determined by other support services already provided to the person/family.

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