Increase in Sligo, Leitrim Donegal and Mayo homecare hours

Department of Health developing new statutory scheme for the financing and regulation of homecare services

Sligo News File

A minister of state at the Department of Health has told a local TD that the HSE has provided almost 338,000 hours of homecare support in Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal, an increase of 48,000 hours compared with March 2020. At the time there were 3,111 people in receipt of the hours and 131 were still waiting for approval.

Responding to a question from Rose Conway Walsh TD, the minister said over 160,000 hours were provided in Mayo which represented an increase of about 15,800 hours compared to the same period in 2020.  There were 2,070 people in receipt of home support hours and there were 50 people waiting for approval of funding for new or additional service.  

The minister said that enabling people with care-needs to continue to live independently at home for as long as possible is a priority for the Government. To advance this, she added, “the Government is committed to establishing a new, statutory scheme for the financing and regulation of home-support services, which the Department of Health is currently developing.”