The decision by the HSE to close the Home Help Scheme to new entrants will trap carers in their homes and leave them unable to access a break from the 24/7 care they provide.

That’s according to Roscommon Independent TD Denis Naughten who has warned that it will lead to a situation where families will have no choice but to admit older people to long term nursing home care.

Deputy Naughten says the decision by the HSE to effectively ban the increase in home help hours to those who require more support and suspend the allocation of home help hours altogether to new applicants is a major reversal in policy.

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