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# Nursing Homes

1st February 2023
# nursing home charges
Public Accounts Committee to probe whether Government hid information about nursing home charges
The committee is meeting this afternoon to discuss the strategy.
This week
29th January 2023 - 2nd February 2023
# nursing home charges
Varadkar defends controversial 'legal strategy' for limiting nursing home payouts
Opposition parties have called on the Government to release documents relating to the strategy.
The government has confirmed the legal strategy existed to block refunds to nursing home residents and that the plan was "pursued by successive governments".
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar agreed with the policy, calling it a "sound policy approach" and "legitimate legal strategy".
Wexford TD Verona Murphy told The Journal that some families who have contacted her feel "aggrieved" at the legal strategy, as they made sacrifices in order to pay for the nursing home care.
Nursing home charges: What is the controversy about and how has the Government responded?
# Explainer
Nursing home charges: What is the controversy about and how has the Government responded?
A 2011 memo stated that the liability from these incorrect charges could amount to €12 billion.
# Nursing Homes
Calls for Government to publish records on 'secret strategy' for illegal nursing home charges
It follows a report in today’s Irish Mail on Sunday.
Last month
January 2023
# winter surge
Surge in viruses seen in the Mid-West as some people contract more than one virus
Public Health Mid-West said it has seen a “noticeable increase” in adults.
Last year
# Nursing Homes
Nursing home residents availing of Fair Deal can now keep more rental income
The Government hopes that the change will result in 8,000 homes entering the rental market.
# Covid-19 bonus
Nursing Homes Ireland chief hits out at ‘incredulous’ delay in paying pandemic bonus
Issues have also arisen with paying the bonus to Defence Force and Fire Brigade paramedics who were redeployed.
# Nursing Homes
Nursing home apologises after elderly woman with dementia found 3km away with facial injuries
The case, detailed in the Ombudsman 2021 report, was raised after the nursing home refused to engage with the woman’s family.
Vaccination had 'significant impact' at decreasing Covid-19 cases in nursing homes
Vaccination was a major factor determining outbreaks, as well as whether a home had suffered an outbreak in the past.
# Nursing Homes
New infection control rules for nursing homes to allow unrestricted access for support person
The new rules are set to come into place from 28 February.
# Covid-19
'Old age matters': TD calls for public inquiry into nursing home deaths during Covid
Many people who died in nursing homes were not properly looked after, TD Fergus O’Dowd told the Dáil.
# Nursing Homes
New guidelines for care facilities to give unrestricted access to nominated support person
Residents should be able to choose a support person who should typically have unrestricted access to visit them.
# Nursing Homes
Nursing home complaints: 'Window visits not being permitted' and other Covid concerns
The allegations are contained in documents released to The Journal under the Freedom of Information Act.
The allegations are contained in documents released to under the Freedom of Information Act.
Dozens of complaints were made throughout the year regarding issues surrounding Covid-19.
Other complaints were made over issues such as abuse allegations, building standards and staffing issues.
30 cases taken against the State over Covid-19 deaths in care settings
Hiqa report reveals some main factors behind Covid-19 outbreaks in nursing homes
All time
# Nursing Homes
Almost half of nursing home staff had symptoms of PTSD during the pandemic - study
Researchers found that one in seven staff reported thinking of ending their life.
# state claims agency
30 cases taken against the State over Covid-19 deaths in care settings
The number of cases was released in response to a query from Aontú leader and Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín.
# Healthcare
'Crisis' in nursing home sector as government slow to act on reforms, says Nursing Home Ireland
Nursing home providers are “frustrated” as they wait for progress on recommendations made by an expert panel last year.
# High Court
Challenge brought over State's refusal to hold inquiry into Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes
Most of the applicants had a relative who is recorded as having died from covid19 while in a care home in Ireland.
# Nursing Homes
Nursing homes: No time limits and routine visits won't need to be scheduled from 19 July
The Department of Health issued the new guidance today.
# pandemic
'Just ignore the bell': Whistleblowers raise concerns about patient care in nursing homes
In some homes Covid-positive and Covid-negative residents were placed in the same areas, Prime Time reported tonight.
# Nursing Homes
Hiqa report reveals some main factors behind Covid-19 outbreaks in nursing homes
Community incidence rates near homes and the number of beds within homes were among the factors.
# Ombudsman
Many under 65s in nursing homes have 'wasted lives' with limited options, report finds
The Ombudsman investigated the placement of younger people in nursing homes.
# weekly visits
Nursing home visits to increase to four per week from 4 May
This applies to all long-term residential care facilities.
# Visiting
'Huge step in the right direction': Nursing home residents allowed two visits per week from today
New guidance on nursing home visits has taken effect.
# Nursing Homes
Nursing home residents allowed two visits per week from 22 March
There will be no requirement to limit these visits to under an hour.
# Vaccination
Serial Covid-19 testing in nursing homes showing positivity rate of just 0.2%, Reid says
As of Saturday evening, there were 523,069 vaccine doses administered across the country.
# The North
More than half a million people in NI have now received first dose of Covid-19 vaccine
The drive to administer first and second doses of vaccines across the North’s care homes has been completed.
# Oireachtas Committee
Covid death toll in nursing homes passes 1,500, with 369 in January alone
A total of 4,300 positive coronavirus cases were recorded in nursing homes during January, the Oireachtas Health Committee heard.
# Lusk
11 residents of north Co Dublin nursing home died with Covid-19 during recent outbreak
The HSE said a significant number of both patients and staff at the home “remain affected by Covid-19″.
# outbreaks
'A real concern': A third of patients with Covid-19 in hospital contracted the virus while on wards, says Tánaiste
‘They didn’t come in Covid positive, they picked up Covid while in the hospital,’ said Leo Varadkar.
# Nursing Homes
78-year-old man who had Covid-19 and was given an hour to live ‘very happy’ to receive vaccine
Michael Delaney was hospitalised with Covid-19 for seven weeks last year.
# Allegations
Nursing home complaints during Covid: Concerns over isolation and lack of social distancing
The allegations are contained in documents released to under the Freedom of Information Act.
# Hope
Paul Reid: 'I'm certain we'll get back to hugging friends and not wearing masks'
In an interview with, the HSE’s CEO said the pandemic highlighted a number of health policy shifts that are needed.
# long time residential care
Visitor rules for nursing homes are looser from today ahead of Christmas
Residents can received one visit per week with efforts for an extra one at Christmas.
# restrictions
People in nursing homes can have one visitor a week from 7 December
As part of new guidelines, visitors will be allowed at Levels 3 to 5 under compassionate grounds.
# Dr Colm Henry
HSE looking for 'some way' to allow visitors to nursing homes before Christmas
The HSE’s Dr Colm Henry said that “it’s clear now the impact this is having on a particularly vulnerable population”.
# nphet
Health officials concerned by infection rate in over-65s
The rate of infection in nursing homes and among over-65s is a concern despite the overall decrease in new cases.
# factcheck
FactCheck: No, care home residents in Ireland did not die two days after receiving a flu vaccine
A social media post claims older people have been given a higher dose of the vaccine as part of a “culling agenda”.
# Dealgan House
Report finds staffing and Covid training issues at Louth nursing home where over 20 patients died in April
A report from May – just a week after an outbreak at the nursing home – highlighted some areas of non-compliance at the centre.
# covid19
'It won't be possible to protect nursing homes': CMO warns of widespread community transmission
Dr Holohan said protective measures in the nursing homes will not be enough to keep the virus out if transmission in the community continues to increase.
# Inquiry
Special committee on Covid response recommends inquiry into nursing home deaths
The committee has been looking at how Ireland responded to the pandemic.