Thursday, 4 July 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Page 83 of the programme for Government relates to home care services. I wish to raise the issue of a 50-year old man with muscular dystrophy who was admitted to hospital on 3 March last as he was seriously ill. He suffered a stroke on 9 March while in hospital and after staying in the acute stroke unit in Louth County Hospital for some time, his HSE social worker informed him that a home care package was being arranged to enable him to go home and that it would take just a couple of weeks. He was then sent to a step-down facility in the Louth County Hospital and he is still there almost seven weeks later. This 50-year old man is in a totally unsuitable environment for his needs. He has picked up several hospital infections, not to mention his fragile state of mind as he is so long in that environment. His family has repeatedly asked when they can take their son home, to be told they cannot.