Calls for review of cuts to home help services

Calls for review of cuts to home help services
Home help supports have been temporarily suspended for elderly people due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Cork Kerry Community Healthcare have said that the service will return once the crisis is resolved.

Calls have been made to review the “worrying development” of home help cuts in Cork.

The suspension of services for people who could “cope temporarily without the home support service” came into force on Wednesday due to the Covid-19 pandemic across the country.

Cork-Kerry Community Healthcare sent letters to those affected that stated the service would cease until “the emergency measures are no longer required” but that those who are heavily reliant on the service will continue to receive support.

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West Michael Moynihan has said it has caused great anxiety for people who rely on the service, and has called for the HSE and the Minister for Health to reverse the decision.

“While I understand that tough decisions are being taken every day in our health service as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, I am urging health bosses to review the decision to stop home help supports on a case by case basis,” Deputy Moynihan said.

“The bulk of the people who receive home help are older people, many of whom are frail. These services are not optional. Some older people may have family members who can assist them, but many will not. There are people whose sons and daughters work in the health service and do not want to put their parent at risk,” he added.

“I fully appreciate that our health service is having to reconfigure to cope with this unprecedented crisis, however, home care supports are a much needed resource.”

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