Thursday, 7 November 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh (Atógáil) - Questions on Promised Legislation (Resumed)
The issue of home care packages and the availability of home help have already been raised. I have a very serious case whereby senior people in the HSE are trying to find funding for a particular family whose loved one is being discharged from the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire after a life-changing accident earlier in 2019. The recommendation from the occupational therapist and the people in charge in Dún Laoghaire was for a home care package of about 49 hours a week. That was sent to the southern region for assessment, which has come back very clearly saying there is no funding available. It means this person could be discharged from Dún Laoghaire into an acute hospital with all the risks that may entail in respect of infections and everything else. From a common-sense point of view, the HSE would be saving money by allowing this discharge to happen in December, but Dún Laoghaire is adamant that it cannot happen unless the home care package is in place for this applicant. It is very serious and should be looked at.