Over €29.72 million in funding has been allocated to provide home support hours in Donegal 2022.
The allocation will benefit 1,685 people.
The HSE Home Support Service (formerly called the Home Help Service or Home Care Package Scheme) aims to support older people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and to support informal carers.
The Home Support Service is available to people aged 65 or over who may need support to continue living at home or to return home following a hospital stay. Sometimes exceptions are made for people younger than 65 who may need support. For example, people with early onset dementia or a disability.
The service offers support for everyday tasks including: getting in and out of bed, dressing and undressing and personal care such as showering and shaving.
Frank Morrison, Head of Service, Older Persons, Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo said “It is wonderful to see the number of increased Home Support hours maintained. The €66,659,782 allocation for the area represents funding of €16.838m in Cavan / Monaghan benefitting 1,245 people, over €29.72 million in Donegal benefitting 1,685 people and over €20.1 million in Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan where 1,380 people will avail of the service.”
Commenting on the announcement, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Donegal T.D., Charlie McConalogue said “This funding package for home support hours for Donegal people is great news and really important support for an essential service. I commend the HSE for working on this package and Minister Mary Butler T.D. for her continued work supporting our older people.”