IN­FOR­MA­TION SHOULD BE MORE TRANS­PAR­ENT — MIN­IS­TER

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Special Ivestigation - Jim Daly is the Min­is­ter of State for Men­tal Health and Older Peo­ple

IWANT to en­sure that we, as a coun­try, are not only suc­cess­ful in adding years to life but en­sure that we are adding life to years.

I place huge em­pha­sis, not only on the qual­ity of care pro­vided, but also ef­forts to im­prove the qual­ity of liv­ing af­forded to res­i­dents of our nurs­ing homes.

I have met with Nurs­ing Homes Ire­land (NHI) a num­ber of times on this sub­ject and re­quested more con­sis­tency and trans­parency on the part of nurs­ing homes in deal­ing with ad­di­tional charges for so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

I have asked that nurs­ing homes ad­vise of these charges on en­quiry level, as op­posed to the cur­rent prac­tice of ad­mis­sion. I have also sug­gested NHI con­sid­ers the op­tion of its mem­bers pro­vid­ing a profit and loss ac­count de­tail­ing monies col­lected and spent on such so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

I also re­quested an up­dated tem­plate be used by all nurs­ing homes and that homes pub­lish all so­cial charges on­line.

I met with Age Ac­tion Ire­land, the Na­tional Treat­ment Pur­chase Fund (NTPF) and the Om­buds­man on the topic in re­cent weeks.

The Om­buds­man re­ceived 30 com­plaints re­gard­ing nurs­ing homes last year and 36 so far this year. Just one com­plaint last year re­lated to charges.

There is cur­rently an in­ter­de­part­men­tal re­view of the Fair Deal scheme and I have asked them to also con­sider this is­sue be­fore re­port­ing back to me.

My main pri­or­ity is to en­sure that nurs­ing homes con­tinue to pro­vide a wide and en­gag­ing range of ac­tiv­i­ties for their res­i­dents and to pro­vide max­i­mum and op­ti­mum trans­parency and con­sis­tency on all charges.

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