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# Nursing Homes

This month
November 2023
Minister: 'Around half of under 65s with disabilities in nursing homes are in the best place'
Two surveys are ongoing to establish a more complete picture of under 65s in nursing homes and their needs.
This year
Minister still has concerns about 'unintended consequences' of Fair Deal rental income change
Butler has concerns about the premature entries into nursing homes.
Mobile x-ray service for older people to be expanded next year in effort to reduce ED visits
People will be able to have x-rays taken in nursing homes, community facilities or in their own home instead of having to travel to a hospital.
Families call for additional funding in private Cork nursing homes, as relatives face eviction
According to the families, if the government do not intervene their family members face a real risk of eviction from the Cork nursing home.
Seven vacant nursing homes mooted for 600 refugee beds but block on converting continues
Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall believes the Government has enabled a situation where nursing homes and the accommodation crisis are ‘pitted against each other’.
A review on the ban to stop nursing home operators from converting their facilities into emergency accommodation says a two-year obstruction should remain in place.
It leaves the departments of health and integration at loggerheads as each deals with a mounting crisis.
'Where will mum go?' Families panic following Cork nursing home's Fair Deal exit
Floatel accommodation is now a 'serious strand' of policy but is still 'months away'
'Where will mum go?' Families panic following Cork nursing home's Fair Deal exit
Sheila Healy is turning 96 next month. Her children don’t know where she will be living come her birthday.
Cork nursing home with 73 residents pulls out of Fair Deal scheme
The company that owns the nursing home said that they are aware that this will be a “shock” for residents.
Changes allowing nursing home residents to keep rent could see older people 'forced to move out'
‘It is not unknown for Sage Advocacy to have to support a client who has found that the locks on their home have been changed while they were in hospital or in a nursing home for a temporary period.’
Nursing home staff question ethics of relying on large nutrition firms to assess residents
Nursing home staff said that elderly residents are being transferred to hospital to get catheters changed because it is so hard to access primary care.
Nursing home charges: Legal strategy was 'never challenged' by politicians, says top civil servant
Many medical card holders who were in long-term care between 1976 to 2005 had to pay when it should have been free.
Families of nursing home residents being charged for 'incontinence wear, bandages and therapy'
“It’s a scandal, one family paid €2,500 to a private nursing home in just over a year,” a TD said today.
Opinion: Attorney General's nursing home fees report largely side-steps the actual criticisms
Máiréad Enright of the University of Birmingham examines the Attorney General’s recent report on refunds on illegal nursing home charges.
Legal strategy pursued by Govt on nursing home fees was 'sound' and 'appropriate', says AG
The Health Minister and Social Protection Minister will revert in three months with the next steps.
Attorney General due to deliver report to Cabinet on State’s strategy on nursing home charges
The report is expected to be published afterwards.
Simon Harris suggests he received note on nursing home strategy but claims cases were 'historical'
The past week has seen the revelation that successive governments used the strategy to limit payouts to nursing home residents.
Public Accounts Committee to probe whether Government hid information about nursing home charges
The committee is meeting this afternoon to discuss the strategy.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
'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.
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 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
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.
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.
'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.
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: No time limits and routine visits won't need to be scheduled from 19 July
The Department of Health issued the new guidance today.
'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.
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.
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.
Nursing home visits to increase to four per week from 4 May
This applies to all long-term residential care facilities.
'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 home residents allowed two visits per week from 22 March
There will be no requirement to limit these visits to under an hour.
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.