On January 16th, Minister Helen McEntee announced that a consultation process is to be launched with a view to establishing a new statutory homecare scheme. She emphasised that for many the best care possible can be provided in their own homes, surrounded by the people and communities that they love.
Minister McEntee stated that the scheme must be cost-effective, sustainable and regulated. A consultation process, which is planned to begin in the coming months, will allow all those who have views on this topic to have their say, including care recipients, their families and health care workers. Family Carers Ireland has advocated for years for Government to work toward establishment of a statutory homecare scheme. We understand that the consultation will discuss a scheme that will include care-recipients of all ages. Family Carers Ireland welcomes the announcement of the consultation process and will ensure carers’ views are heard.