€6.9million has been allocated for Kildare West Wicklow Home Care Packages to cover this year, according to figures released to a local TD.
Fiona O’Loughlin TD says that more must be allocated for 2019 if the Government wishes to see any reduction in the amount of people waiting in hospitals for their packages to be granted.
Figures released to Deputy O'Loughlin earlier this month also illustrated that 6,458 older people were waiting on home care help at the end of March across the country. The corresponding figure for the end of 2017 was 5,418, representing a 19% increase.
Deputy O’Loughlin said: “Significant increases in home supports are required if we want to enable older people to continue living in their own homes. While some progress has been made it is clear that more needs to be done. As the HSE acknowledges, demand continues to grow and waiting lists for services have become a feature."
She said:“I have been helping a number of families in South Kildare who are going through the process of applying for a homecare package through the HSE and are meeting closed doors constantly. I have scheduled to raise the need for more funding for home care packages in Kildare with the Minister for Health on the first sitting day of the Dáil in September."
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