Dis­abled un­der-65s liv­ing in OAP homes

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

÷ Over 1,000 peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties un­der the age of 65 are liv­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ately in nurs­ing homes for older peo­ple. ÷ And 2,580 dis­abled peo­ple were still liv­ing in con­gre­gated set­tings, of­ten called ‘in­sti­tu­tions’, at the end of 2016. ÷ The stark de­tails in a re­port from the Ir­ish Hu­man Rights and Equal­ity Com­mit­tee and ESRI. ÷ The Dis­abil­ity Fed­er­a­tion of Ire­land said it amounts to “the cri­sis within the hous­ing cri­sis”. ÷ Cen­sus 2016 showed us that over a quar­ter of home­less peo­ple had at least one dis­abil­ity. (6,906 home­less counted, 1,871 with at least one dis­abil­ity). ÷ 4,456 house­holds qual­i­fied for so­cial hous­ing in 2016 were linked to hav­ing one or more house­hold mem­bers with an en­dur­ing phys­i­cal, sen­sory, men­tal health or in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity. ÷ The fed­er­a­tion calls for €13.75m in the Hous­ing Adap­ta­tion Grant to be in­cluded in the next Bud­get,as a min­i­mum, to help ad­dress the is­sues.

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