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IrelandCash crisis for Fair Deal as nursing home demand soars

09:30  16 april  2019
09:30  16 april  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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My brother used the Fair Deal when he went into a nursing home six years ago. He died in August so we are dealing with his estate at present. We were told by the HSE that it didn’t matter, in any case, which payment method one used, Fair Deal or cash , as we would not pay any more than the full

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme (also described as the so-called “ Fair Deal ”) provides financial support to people in need of long-term nursing home care. The scheme is operated by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and replaces the old Nursing Home Subvention Scheme as and from 27th

Cash crisis for Fair Deal as nursing home demand soars © Copyright Collins Photo Agency Alan Kelly: Asked if cash concerns were behind delay. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Concern is mounting over the rising cost of funding the Fair Deal for nursing home care, as demand for the scheme soars.

State spending on the scheme is expected to hit €1bn this year – and the HSE has acknowledged it is monitoring it on a “week-by-week basis”.

Over 23,200 people are  availing of the Fair Deal, which is above expectations, and its budget was increased by €24.3m to €985.8m this year.

If Fair Deal exceeds its allocated budget, it is expected the Minister for Older People Jim Daly will be forced to seek emergency extra funding from the Department of Health.

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The Fair Deal was an ambitious set of proposals put forward by U.S. President Harry S. Truman to Congress in his January 1949 State of the Union address.

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Mr Daly said demand for the scheme was “outside of expectations in the year so far” and he has requested more data.

In response to queries from the Irish Independent, the HSE last night confirmed that it "is currently experiencing increased demand for the Fair Deal scheme".

It added: "Activity levels are being monitored on a weekly basis and the HSE is in ongoing contact with the Department of Health."

It comes as farmers take to the streets today, saying the lack of fairness in the scheme for them is costing them up to €40,000 a year in nursing home fees.

Cash crisis for Fair Deal as nursing home demand soars © Getty Alan Kelly, an Irish Labour Party politician, arrives ahead of the centenary commemoration taking place in the Mansion House, to mark the inaugural public meeting of the First Dail Eireann in 1919. On Monday, January 21, 2019, in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Alan Kelly TD is greatly concerned about funding Fair Deal and warned over timelines being "pushed out".

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What is the Nursing Home Support Scheme ( Fair Deal )? The Fair Deal covers the level of care appropriate to the individual as well as bed, board and a laundry service. If an individual does not have any assets (other than cash income) and their cash income is deemed low they will still have to

"I am concerned at year-to-date spending compared to the total allocation and I believe this is causing real issues as [to] how Fair Deal is being administered," said the Labour TD.

Mr Kelly warned that any fresh applications to the Fair Deal scheme must not be delayed in the face of rising costs. He also questioned whether concern over cashflow was contributing to delay of promised reforms of the scheme that would benefit farmers and small businesses.

Figures from Minister Jim Daly show that the Fair Deal scheme was expected to support an average of 23,042 people in 2019. With this in mind, the budget for 2019 is €985.8m, which is an increase of €24.3m over its 2018 budget.

But he said the latest available HSE performance reports indicated there were already 23,228 people supported in the scheme at the end of February this year.

Mr Daly said: "The HSE have noted that the number of residents in nursing homes whom are supported by the NHSS to be ahead of forecast for the year to date," said the minister.

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"The Department of Health is engaging with the HSE and will continue to do so over the next few weeks to fully assess the situation, including a detailed analysis and validation of this data and to understand if specific trends can be identified.

"This will help to inform a view on the scheme activity and financial projections for the remainder of 2019."

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The Fair Deal scheme offers support for people who require long-term residential care. Participants contribute to the cost of their care according to their means - while the State pays the balance.

The aim is that nursing home care is accessible and affordable for everyone. Under the Fair Deal Scheme the State can only claim 22.5pc of the value of the family home, under a three-year cap on the asset.

However, farm families and small businesses owners face 7.5pc of the value of their land being used annually to pay nursing home fees. There is no cap on this, meaning an entire farm could have to be sold to pay the bills.

Hundreds of farmers are protesting outside the Department of Health in Dublin today over the slow progress introducing the three-year cap on farm assets. IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chair Caroline Farrell said it was now nearly nine months since Cabinet approved the proposal to introduce a three-year cap on farm and small businesses assets, where a family successor commits to continue to farm the asset for a period of six years.

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"In the time since Cabinet approved the proposal, it has cost individual farm families an estimated €40,000 in nursing home costs. That is the equivalent of losing four acres of their farm enterprise," she said.

The minister has said that his department is working on the development of draft Heads of Bill while considering a number of complex ancillary policy and operational matters which may need to be addressed in the proposed legislation.

"However, subject to legal advice, I expect to bring the Heads of Bill to Government in May. The changes to the scheme will come into effect in 2019 subject to the legislative process," he said.

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