A number of the measures passed as part of Budget 2017 were welcomed by Newbridge based Family Carers Ireland; however, the organisation believes much more needs to be done to support and safeguard the estimated 200,000 family carers across the country.
In particular, Family Carers Ireland believes funding for the publication and implementation of phase two of the National Carers’ Strategy 2017 – 2021 should be made available as a priority. Furthermore, they say it is imperative that Government take steps towards introducing a statutory entitlement to home care services which will ensure demand-led supports based on assessed needs as opposed to the existing resource-led and fragmented supports available to family carers.
Spokesperson, Catherine Cox said: “While Family Carers Ireland welcomes the announcement of an additional half a billion in the health budget, there is no indication that this will go towards home care services. There is a danger it will be swallowed up by an increased wage bill or pulled into funding residential care; under the Fair Deal scheme there is a statutory entitlement to nursing home care, while no such entitlement exist to home care.”