A Laois woman approved for home help assistance eight months ago is still waiting for the scheme to begin and is at risk hospital admission as a result, a Laois TD has claimed.
Speaking in the Dáil during a debate on the hospital trolley crisis, Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley said he the case was highlighted to him by a constituent this week
"I had a case in my office this morning where a woman was granted one hour, seven mornings a week, to keep her in her home in a rural area on the side of the Slieve Bloom mountains.
"If that woman does not get that help, she will be in hospital. She was granted it in May and still has not received it. She has been put on a waiting list.
"Employ some of the unemployed people on the dole for home help and let us keep people in their local areas and local communities. It would cost approximately €100 a week.
"To put people in a home would cost €1,000 a week. Those are the economics," Deputy Stanley told the Dáil.
The TD raised the issue with the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, prior to Budget 2018. He called on the Minister to provide sufficient extra resources are prioritised in this area "to abolish this shameful waiting list for home help hours and to provide additional home help staff."
At the time he raised two other cases. In one instances a woman, aged 92, who lives alone had her evening home help visits stopped. Dep Stanley claimed her son now has to look after her cooking, cleaning and toileting needs as she is frail and incontinent.
In another another case an woman aged 88, who lives alone in Laois was hospitalised and then spent two weeks in a nursing home. She had been trying unsuccessfully to get Home Help for two years.
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