Some 623 wait in Fin­gal for home sup­port

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - By JOHN MAN­NING

THERE are some 623 ‘vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple’ in Fin­gal wait­ing for home sup­port ser­vices across Fin­gal and north Dublin.

That is ac­cord­ing to lo­cal TD and Sinn Féin Spokesper­son on Health, Louise O’reilly. Speak­ing in the Dáil on Wed­nes­day Sinn Féin TD for Fin­gal Louise O’reilly chal­lenged the Govern­ment say­ing it is ‘ex­tremely wor­ry­ing’ that there are over 623 of the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, such as older peo­ple and those with dis­abil­i­ties, wait­ing for home sup­port ser­vices across Fin­gal and North Dublin.

Deputy O’reilly said: ‘Home sup­port ser­vices such as home care pack­ages and home help hours are some of the most im­por­tant ser­vices the HSE pro­vide. Not only do they al­low for older peo­ple to stay in their homes, but they are also in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant for those with ail­ments or dis­abil­i­ties.’

She added: ‘Cur­rently there are 6,285 vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple wait­ing for home sup­port across the State and a stag­ger­ing 623 of those are wait­ing here in Fin­gal and North Dublin.’

‘In­deed, Fin­gal and North Dublin have the sec­ond high­est num­ber of peo­ple wait­ing for home sup­port across the State.

‘This sit­u­a­tion is a se­ri­ous cause for con­cern be­cause such waits for care can con­trib­ute to the es­ca­la­tion of ill­nesses, older peo­ple can have ac­ci­dents, and it also causes de­layed dis­charges from hos­pi­tals. “Get­ting older or hav­ing a dis­abil­ity should not leave you in­vis­i­ble to the State.

‘The State must en­sure that older peo­ple and those who have a dis­abil­ity can get the home sup­port they need and live at home with re­spect, with dig­nity, and as com­fort­ably as pos­si­ble.’

Louise O’reilly TD

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