By Michaela Keating
The HSE has released a statement regarding the provision of home help and homecare packages in the Mid West region.
Addressing the recent concerns on the provision of services and availability of homecare packages, the HSE insists that the demands for improved home help care are being responded to.
“Despite added pressure with waiting times and demand against budget, in 2016 alone we will have delivered on, in excess of 962,000 home help hours. A further 954 people will be in receipt of a home care package at any one time at a cost of 29 million euro substantially up from 2015.”
CHO Area 3 Chief Officer Mr Bernard Gloster said: “it is very important people understand that our home care packages and home helps have grown in 2016. There is no doubting we can’t meet every single demand but our situation continues to improve.
The statement also says that the outlook for the remainder of the year is “positive” in terms of funding.
“The final four months of the year will see the Mid West area allocate substantial supports. Furthermore the service is in a position to allocate additional resources to meet hospital discharges and in the past week alone removed 100 people off the home help waiting list. It is important to stress that the allocation of new services very much depends on the staffing availability of our partners as well as the HSE services.”