286. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of home support for persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19761/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

126. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the assessments that have taken place into the extent of the inability of the HSE to provide home care hours to the level and duration recommended by its occupational therapists in respect of persons under the HSE’s care; the basis on which a specific number of hours set down in an occupational therapist’s report can be ignored by HSE staff organising home care; the extent of HIQA’s role in relation to the assignment of home care hours; and the way in which to ensure that persons receive the number of hours of home care that have been recommended by occupational therapist staff. (Question 19182/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Since being appointed as Minister with responsibility for Older People, I have made improved access to home support services a key priority. Progress in this area is reflected in the additional funding made available for winter 2017/2018, the increased funding and level of activity in 2018 and in the work being progressed on the development of a statutory home support scheme. 
An additional €18.25m was allocated for home supports...

127. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health the status of a home care package for a person (details supplied) in order that they can return home; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19189/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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282. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for a home care package to enable them to be discharged from hospital; and when a decision will issue. (Question 18886/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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144. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Health if he will request the HSE to make a decision on the recommendation of a person’s (details supplied) consultants that the person be afforded a seven night a week home care package; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18422/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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357. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health if additional funding will be made available to the HSE to reduce the waiting list and waiting time for home support in view of the fact that at the end of February 2018 there were 6,172 persons waiting for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17488/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Home support services were a particular area of focus in Budget 2018, with an additional €18.25 million allocated. The additional resources bring the budget for the provision of home support services to €408 million. The HSE’s 2018 National Service Plan provides for a target of some 17.094 million home support hours to be provided to 50,500 people, which compares with last year’s 16.34 million hours delivered to 50,000 people (ho...

366. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a home care package; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17535/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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992. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Health when a home care package awarded to a person (details supplied) will be put in place. (Question 16601/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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278. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason there has been a delay in organising a home care package for a person (details supplied); and the steps which will be taken to organise same in view of the fact that the person has been in hospital for seven weeks due to no home care package being available. (Question 14680/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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228. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health if a home care package will be facilitated in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14477/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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238. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health when additional home care hours will be made available for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13013/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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468. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if a weekly home care package will be reinstated in the case of a person (details supplied); and the reason it was not provided in view of the fact that the HSE stated that the person requires the care. (Question 12034/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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489. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health if a home care package will be facilitated in the case of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12126/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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562. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health if a temporary home-care package will issue to a person (details supplied). (Question 12415/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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591. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the waiting time for a full-time home care package for a person (details supplied) who wishes to move home from a nursing home; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12522/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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326. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Health when a full home care support package will be put in place for a person (details supplied). (Question 11050/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for a Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality...

381. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the reason there have been changes to a person’s (details supplied) homecare package; and if reassurances will be provided that the level of care will be the same if not greater as it has been under the care of the current nurse. (Question 9272/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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11. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health his views on the difficulties in accessing home care packages in Dublin city and county in which the HSE is only providing palliative care in view of the fact it does not have the funding for extra staff to provide a full range of home care services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6369/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Deputy Louise O’Reilly: The question is fairly specific. It is to ask for the views on the difficulties accessing home care packages. I will be very clear with the Minister of State. It is not an opportunity to tell us a lovely story about how there are no difficulties. There are difficulties. I am aware of them and so are my constituency colleagues. The Minister of State must be aware of them as well. Will he spare us a description of what a waiting list is and comment on the fact that t...

196. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the status of a home care package for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6200/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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326. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health when care workers for a signed-off care package can be provided for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5369/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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403. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the way in which he plans to increase home care packages and home help hours to older persons to resolve overcrowding in hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5796/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 403 and 404 together.
As these are service matters I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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404. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health his plans to achieve the roll-out of additional home care packages; the deadlines and timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5797/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 403 and 404 together.
As these are service matters I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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219. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health if home care hours will be provided to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5233/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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345. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health his plans to extend the fair deal scheme to home care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2886/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Improving home care services so that people can continue to live with confidence, dignity and security in their own homes for as long as possible is a key commitment of the Government. However, the only statutory scheme in place at present to support older people is the Nursing Home Support Scheme. The Government intends to address this by establishing a new stand-alone statutory scheme for the financing and regulation of home care services. The Depar...

820. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if a home care package will be expedited for a person (details supplied); the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54938/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath) (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by t...