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# home help

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# Controversy
Over a thousand names added to home help waiting list in space of four months as total surges to 7,300
The latest HSE figures from July show that 7,300 people are waiting on home support services.
# Health Spending
HSE saving measures to target older people and those with disabilities 'in order to break even'
The HSE boss has denied it is undertaking any cost-cutting measures.
# hospital discharges
Almost 1,000 people added to the waiting list for home help hours since March
As of the end of June, 7,217 people are waiting on home support packages in the country.
# we're gettin' old
Demand for every kind of health service in Ireland is set to go through the roof in the next 13 years
According to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) Ireland’s rapidly growing (and ageing) population will create a huge demand for healthcare by 2030.
# dementia carers
'You're giving up everything and they don't want to get on with you. It was hard to bite my lip and keep going'
Over 180,000 people in Ireland are currently or have been carers for a family member or partner with dementia.
'At the moment it's just horrendous out there': The challenges facing Ireland's carers
Carmel Geoghegan looked after her dying mother in 2014 but has hit out at what seriously sick people face today.
# home help
Social workers 'waiting for people to die' to get elderly clients the care they need
Social workers say as many of half of their clients who have gone into nursing homes could have stayed in their own homes with proper supports.
# home help
Labour Court ends system of zero-hour contracts for home helps
The binding recommendation means worker will have now contracts of a minimum of seven hours.
# home help
'Older people left vulnerable through lack of inspections' - home help group
Home and Community Care Ireland says Ireland needs a “robust regulatory and inspection regime” for home helpers.
# assisted living
New app to save time and money for Irish Wheelchair Association
The app allows personal assistants to access timesheets and work schedules on smartphones and facilitates realtime workflow management, reducing costs.
# home help
Home help protest set for Taoiseach's Mayo office
Workers and supporters will march on Enda Kenny’s constituency office in Castlebar to protest at home help cutbacks.
# Cuts
Photos: Protesters march to Dáil over home help cuts
The HSE is planning to cut around 450,000 home help hours between now and December – but demonstrators say the cuts need to be reversed.
# Protest
Home help workers to march to the Dáil today
Hundreds of home help care workers and supporters to march to Dáil Eireann today.
# Jack and Jill
Video: Jack and Jill Children's Foundation makes urgent appeal
The foundation says it urgently needs €400,000 to run its service to the end of the year.
# home help
450,000 home help hours could go as HSE plans €8 million cut
The changes would equate to about 450,000 hours being lost – but the HSE says direct patient care services will stay.
# hse cuts
In Pics: This evening's protest against home care and home help cuts
This is the second night of protests outside Government Buildings.
# hse cuts
Home help and home care workers set to protest against cuts
The Home Care Community Action Group are set to protest outside Government Buildings tonight from 6pm.
# Health Cuts
People with disabilities continue their protest outside Leinster House despite U-turn
The Government said last night that cuts to Personal Assistant hours will not go ahead as planned.
# In Pictures
People with disabilities holding overnight protest against HSE cuts
The newly-assembled group, Leaders Alliance, has said it will stay overnight outside Government buildings.
# hse cuts
Health Minister comments on National Broadband Plan, quiet on HSE cuts
James Reilly is expected at the Department of Health offices this morning.
# Health
Health Minister accused of 'going into hiding' as HSE makes cuts
Fianna Fáil has asked why James Reilly is “nowhere to be seen”, while the HSE admits there are more announcements about bed closures to come.
# Health
HSE announces €130 million in cost-saving measures to meet Troika targets
The agency conceded that it is inevitable that the measures will have some impact on frontline service delivery.
# Carers
Carers using respite grant to pay bills, rather than for actual respite
This week 77,000 full-time carers are due to receive an annual respite grant of €1,700, but it’s unlikely to be used for holidays.