The Home Support Services Scheme (formerly called Home Care Package scheme) aims to help people who need medium to high-level support to continue living at home, by providing them with Home Support Services.
Services are delivered on a needs basis. You do not need to have a medical card in order to apply for a Home Support Services. There will be no means test - there will be no assessment of your income. The supports you receive, if any, will be based on your assessed care needs subject to the limit of the resources available for the scheme in the local health office area.
Once your Home Support Services have been approved by the HSE, you can choose to avail of Consumer Directed Home Support (CDHS) which means you can deal directly with the HSE Approved Provider(s) of your choice to arrange days and times of services that meet your essential care needs. These will be identified during your care needs assessment that will look at your overall health care needs and your social circumstances. This assessment will identify what level of care you are currently receiving and what other supports you may need. In order to be allocated a Home Support Service, this assessment has to confirm that enhanced levels of service/support are required.
If you apply for, and are approved for CDHS, after your care needs assessment, you will receive a letter from the HSE approving a weekly amount of funding. You can use this to arrange home support from the approved providers you choose.
Home Instead is an approved provider in all nine Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) regions, meaning that wherever you live, you can access our high-quality services.
To apply for a Home Support Service you need to fill in the Home Support Service application form available from your local health office. You can also download a copy here
Further information on Home Support Services and CDHS is available in the Home Support Service for Older People Information Booklet or contact your local Home Instead office.
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