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“Crisis in Tipperary Home Help Hours is rapidly escalating ,” McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee to launch an immediate reassessment of the allocation of Home Help Hours for County Tipperary. Deputy McGrath was speaking as concerns continue to grow around a rapidly escalating crisis within the service which is seeing vulnerable elderly and sick clients being assigned to an indefinite waiting list:

“I have been informed by the HSE that all of the allocated Home Help Hours for County Tipperary have already been assigned.

What this means is that anyone now applying for Home Help Hours will have to wait until such time as a person currently in receipt of home help hours passes away or that the needs of an existing client have been met

This effectively mandates that for new applicants there is no access whatsoever to Home Help Hours care right across the County.

I am informed by the HSE that there has been no reductions in resources for this Scheme but that is of absolutely no benefit to those who urgently need care in their homes.

What is adding to this crisis is the fact that the Scheme, although originally designed in part to ease the pressure on hospitals like South Tipperary General, is adding to the chronic capacity issues because vulnerable people are being transferred there when they should be treated in their homes.

The Minister must urgently address this matter and make immediate plans to increase the provision of Home Help Hours before the crisis deepens to an even more significant degree,” concluded Deputy McGrath.