By Michael Wright
Statutory home care has the potential to transform community care. The right to receive a range of home supports can move the home from the periphery to the centre of Irish healthcare.
People who are fit to be discharged from hospital will go home, rather than be moved to a nursing home, or remain in an acute hospital bed.
People who are vulnerable to admission in a crisis can use their home care entitlements to provide additional support and remain safe at home.
Statutory home care can provide flexibility and resources, not only to meet an individual’s personal care needs, but also to support the individual’s social and mental health goals.
Such a mechanism will require supporting regulation and integration with local healthcare governance structures. These developments will enhance the overall quality and safety of home care delivered in Ireland and support more people in living the life they want to, in their own homes.
Robust Home Care Standards
Home Instead, Ireland’s leading home care company, strongly supports legislation for robust home care standards and the statutory right to home care.
The development of home care regulations falls under the remit of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA). Home Instead believes that HIQA-regulated care services, whether provided by private companies or the State, will best serve Ireland’s growing population of ageing adults, ensuring enhanced quality, superior standards and holistic care services for all who need them.
In this document, we outline our views on home care regulation and suggest a number of focus points that could be taken into consideration in the development of national standards for home care. I hope you enjoy reading it.
Download our Briefing Document here