The Deputy’s question refers to the report Quality and Standards in Human Services in Ireland; Residential Care for Older People,completed by the National Economic and Social Council (NESC).
This is one of a series of reports in a NESC project which looks at how quality processes, standards and regulations contribute to continuous improvement in delivery of services. The report examines the strengths, weaknesses and challenges presented by the regulatory framework that protects older people in nursing homes. It concludes that, overall, the standards are viewed positively and have increased the quality of and confidence in care provided in the nursing home sector. The Government remains committed to supporting older people to live in dignity and independence in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. Where this is not feasible, the health service supports access to quality long-term residential care where this is appropriate. This report is a valuable contribution that will inform our thinking in respect of developing policies and services in relation to long term care for older people. Their safety and well being is and will continue to be of paramount importance. Providing quality and safe care will always remain at the heart of any considerations.