Home and Community Care Ireland has released the results of its first-ever Annual Curám Baile Survey. Joseph Musgrave, Chief Executive of Home and Community Ireland (HCCI), announced the results to members of HCCI at the organisation’s AGM on Wednesday, including Home Instead Senior Care.
The results of the Curám Baile Survey show that:
· HCCI members directly employ 14,000 home care workers
· HCCI members currently care for over 21,000 clients in Ireland
· 13,000 of these clients are funded by the State
· 8,000 of these clients fund their care privately, and the vast majority do not receive any assistance from the State
The Government has undertaken to introduce a statutory entitlement to home care by 2021.
HCCI supports this, as well as statutory regulation for home care, and would like all political parties to reiterate their intention to legislate for a statutory entitlement to home care no later than 2021.
Commenting on the figures, Mr Musgrave said:
The Curám Baile Survey, which HCCI has conducted for the very first time, shows how integral our members are to the home care system in Ireland. We are helping to honour the wishes of so many people who wish to be cared for in their own home.
HCCI’s 75 members provide excellent care 24/7, 365 days per year. It is a challenging job, but one we all know is vital as our society ages. As demand for home care grows, we help maintain the freedom of people to be cared for in their own homes and create employment opportunities for thousands of people.
These figures also highlight the necessity of HCCI to ensure that the industry is supporting the delivery of quality home care through the provision of a regulated framework. Our members recruit, train and supervise the very best healthcare staff, and we will continue efforts to improve the employment conditions for all staff. To do this we need collaboration and support from the Government, the HSE and of course the staff themselves.
Demand for home care is expected to increase by around 5% per year for the next decade. HCCI members expect to have an additional 7,000 posts to fill, as well as 10,000 more clients.
“We will continue efforts to ensure that there is a statutory entitlement to home care for everyone; and that we bring in sensible regulation making the care industry a more attractive career for people. We urgently need to draw up legislation for a statutory entitlement to, and regulation of, home care.”