Kerrane demands action on home care ‘crisis’

Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane says hundreds of people in the Roscommon-Galway constituency who are eligible to receive care in their own homes are still being denied it due to an ongoing “crisis” in relation to retention and recruitment of staff in the sector.

Speaking following her party’s recent Dáil Motion on the issue, Deputy Kerrane said there are over 6,200 people across the State who are still waiting for home care despite having been approved for it. This, she says, compares to about 5,000 people being in the same predicament at the start of the year.

Deputy Kerrane says she was made aware recently of an older person in hospital whose family were told that while the paperwork for a home care package would be completed, there was “not a hope” of the service actually being allocated.

“Hundreds of people in Roscommon and Galway are in this situation. They want to and can be cared for in their own homes but the care is not actually being provided. This is unacceptable.

“In March, Minister Mary Butler announced the establishment of a Workforce Advisory Group to look at the recruitment and retention crisis in home care. That report was published last month. Meanwhile, seven months were lost as waiting lists continued to grow.

“Roscommon Home Care Services could be used by the Minister as a blueprint for where we need to get to in building home care in the State. They provide a living wage – and above – as well as uncapped travel costs, and their carers provide first class care to their clients”.

Deputy Kerrane demanded that Minister Butler “stops the reports and talking shops” and immediately deals with issues of pay, terms and conditions within the sector.