The Cabinet has approved new legislation to reform the Fair Deal nursing home support scheme. The proposals will cap the financial contributions on farm and business assets at three years.
Under the Fair Deal scheme, participants contribute to the cost of their care according to their means, while the State pays the balance.
The contributions against a family home were capped at three years of a person's time in care, but this did not extend to the family farm or small business, with some farm families concerned that they would lose the farm, if a person ended up in care for years.
However, the long-awaited legislation to tackle this anomaly was approved by Cabinet yesterday and will now be debated in the Dail and Seanad.
Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers has welcomed the development....