Calls for reform of home care

OUTSOURCING could create over 170 new jobs and over 360,000 additional hours of home care in the Carlow/Kilkenny area while staying within the existing budget according to a new report from Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI).

OUTSOURCING could create over 170 new jobs and over 360,000 additional hours of home care in the Carlow/Kilkenny area while staying within the existing budget according to a new report from Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI).

Michael Harty, HCCI Co-Chair, said, “Harnessing the outsourcing opportunity could support the creation of over 170 local jobs in the home care sector in the Carlow/Kilkenny area, as more patients will require care and more hours will be able to be delivered within the existing budget. These are local jobs that will be in every parish and community across the area, providing employment in many areas experiencing serious unemployment issues.

“The Government needs to stop paying lip service and take action to address inefficiencies in the system, through a more open and transparent commissioning system which will help save money, create jobs, and stop the cuts to frontline services enabling thousands of people to be cared for in their own home.The money saved from competitive tendering, could and should, go toward providing more home care to those who need it most. Our proposal could generate an additional 18 million hours each year of home help within the existing budget. As budgets are being cut everywhere, the Government cannot afford to ignore making the

The research shows that €117 million per annum could be saved immediately through opening up the tendering of home help and home care services in Ireland. A further €256 million per annum could be saved if funds are redirected from the Fair Deal Scheme to more appropriate care provision for low and medium dependency older people in their own homes.

The report, The Business Case for the Outsourcing of Home Care Provision and a More Efficient Use of Fair Deal Funds, compiled by EPS Consulting for HCCI, the representative body of private home care providers in Ireland, outlines the need to address inefficiencies in the elder care model as a matter of urgency.