Thursday, 3 October 2019

Ceisteanna (241)

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

241. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Health the provisions regarding nutrition and hydration to be included in the statutory scheme for homecare to ensure that those in receipt of homecare packages receive good nutritional care,including screening for and management of nutritional deficits; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40450/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Sláintecare Implementation Strategy commits to the introduction of the statutory scheme in 2021.  As part of this, work is on-going to determine the optimal approach to the development of the statutory scheme within the broader context of the Sláintecare reforms and in 2019 work is focusing on the design of the scheme, the options for regulation, and a review of existing services.

I am aware that eating well is of huge importance to your overall health and therefore must be part of the conversation about how we support people with care needs to live independently at home and in their communities.  

I expect to be in a position to provide further details around the general terms of the proposed scheme in January 2020.