Nursing Homes Ireland

  • HSE nursing homes in Co Mayo are being paid 61% more to provide care per person than their private and voluntary counterparts, new figures published by the HSE reveal. The HSE published the fees payable to its nursing homes under the Fair Deal scheme on 23rd February, following on from a 16-month delay.  

    Private and voluntary nursing homes are required to negotiate the fees payable to them under the Fair Deal scheme with the NTPF, acting on behalf of the State. However, the fees payable to HSE nursing homes are not subject to negotiation or oversight, with the HSE being the budget-holder and payee.

    The published fees inform the average fee payable to the six HSE nursing homes in Co Mayo is €1,390 per person, per week at February 2018. The average fee payable per person to the 17 private and voluntary nursing homes operating within the county, as of 14th February 2018, is €860 per person, per week. This reveals a 61% differential in the average fees payable in respect of residents between HSE nursing homes in County Mayo and private and voluntary counterparts.

    Nationally, HSE nursing home fees are paid an average 60% above those payable in respect of residents in private and voluntary nursing homes.

  • Galway East T.D. Seán Canney has welcomed Galway County Council granting planning permission for the new Community Nursing Home in Tuam.

    The existing building at Arus Mhuire was deemed not to be fit for purpose and the HSE decided to build a new 50 bed unit as a replacement.

    The new building will also include a 10 bed high dependency unit which is critical in a modern Nursing Home facility.

    The project is expected to cost in the region of €14 million and the late Joe O’Toole donated €7 million to the facility.

    Deputy Canney told Midwest News that the new healthcare facility will help alleviate pressure off hospitals when it is built.

  • Nursing homes are calling for clear guidance from the National Public Health Emergency Team in terms of re-allowing in-person visits in the coming weeks.

    NPHET will consider changes to nursing home visits at its meeting tomorrow, given that the majority of residents and staff have now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

    Visits to nursing homes are severely restricted under the Level 5 lockdown.

    However, it's hoped that some visiting might resume in the coming weeks, under certain conditions.

    Tadhg Daly of Nursing Homes Ireland is suggesting that visits would have to be pre-booked, with nominated visitors from each family, and with rapid antigen testing for visitors.

    Speaking to Tommy Marren earlier, Mr Daly said it's very welcome news that the vast majority of residents and staff are now fully vaccinated, but they have to remain cautious about the risk of allowing the virus into a facility through visitors....

  • From today, nursing home visits can increase to four per week where 80% of residents are fully vaccinated.

    Up to now, only two visits per week were allowed to a resident.

    The changes also mean that two people are allowed at each visit, whereas up to now, only one visitor was permitted.

    Tadhg Daly, CEO of Nursing Home Ireland says it's welcome news, and the increased visits are a direct result of the effectiveness of the vaccination roll-out in nursing homes.

     

  • TDs have been told a critical window was missed by not vaccinating all nursing home residents immediately after the vaccine became available.

    Nursing Homes Ireland has told an Oireachtas committee just 10 per cent of the first 77,000 vaccinations were given to nursing home residents and staff.

    That's despite them being top of the priority list just ahead of healthcare workers.

    There are currently 193 Covid outbreaks in nursing homes.

    However, Tadgh Daly of Nursing Homes Ireland, who attended today’s Oireachtas Committee meeting says overall nursing homes are coping with the large outbreak of the virus in their facilities.

    He says that while staffing is an issue at many nursing homes and hospitals at present, the rollout of the vaccination programme to nursing homes is bringing hope. To date he insists, the impact of the virus on nursing homes in this wave of the pandemic is not as severe as in the first wave.

    He told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that the number of outbreaks in nursing homes nationally at present is of concern but the facilities are coping.

     

  • Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI)) has today confirmed that visiting restrictions are now in place in nursing homes nationwide.

     

    No non-essential visiting of children or groups will be allowed.

     

    All visitors are asked to contact the nursing home prior to attending.  Visitors should only seek to attend in urgent circumstances and the management reserve the right to impose full restrictions where necessary.

     

    CEO of  NHI Tadgh Daly says they are urging prospective visitors to nursing homes to be aware and understanding of the measure that is required in the interest of resident and staff safety.

     

    Older people and people in nursing homes with pre-existing medical conditions are particularly vulnerable if they contact the virus and he says nursing homes are imposing the visitor restrictions in the best interests of residents and staff.

     

    NHI is monitoring the evolving situation on an ongoing basis and is in continuous contact with the Department of Health, National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), HSE and all relevant health authorities.

  • Nursing Homes Ireland says staffing remains the biggest issue in the fight against Covid-19.

    It says 40 of the country's 570 residential facilities currently have clusters of the virus.

    A nursing home in Galway appealed for help earlier this week folowing a major outbreak.

    25 of the 27 residents at the Nightingale Nursing Home were confirmed to have Covid-19 and one person has died.

    CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland, Tadhg Daly, says the HSE needs to act swiftly when outbreaks occur.

  • With the number of cases of Covid-19 increasing in the community, people visiting elderly and vulnerable relatives in nursing homes should be extra-vigilant and ensure all Covid-19 regulations are strictly adhered to.

    That's the message from Tadhg Daly of Nursing Homes Ireland.

    With the winter season approaching, and the threat of flu as well as coronavirus, he says it's essential that nursing homes residents are protected from viruses.

    While nursing homes have been allowing restricted visitors over the past number of weeks, Tadhg Daly told Midwest News that, with the spike in Covid-19 cases nationally, everyone has an obligation to protect elderly nursing home residents as much as possible....

  • Nursing homes across the West of Ireland are hosting a public information event in the Ardilaun Hotel in Galway this Saturday.

    The Fair Deal scheme, ageing, dementia, and support services are among the topics that will be discussed at the "Advancing Care in the Community for Older People" event and expert speakers and professionals will advise on a range of solutions available for older people, their families and carers in the West of Ireland.

    The event is free of charge to the public and runs from 12-5pm on Saturday.

    Tony Canavan of the HSE, IFA President Joe Healy, TDs Anne Rabbitte and Michael Fitzmaurice and a representative of the Alzheimers Society of Ireland will be among the speakers.