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Home care crisis spiralled during pandemic

Kerry TD Pa Daly

URGENT action is required to ensure carers are available to assist people who need home support, after new figures revealed shocking numbers of people in Kerry have been left without much-needed carers.

Kerry TD Pa Daly said figures released to Sinn Féin, by the HSE, have exposed that almost 5,000 people across the state are waiting for a carer to be allocated to them despite being approved. Of these, 651 are living in an area which includes Kerry.

“This is unacceptable as too many people who require homecare aren’t getting the hours that they need.

“This crisis has spiralled during the pandemic yet the government has consistently failed to properly plan and put contingencies in place,” Deputy Daly stated.

He said behind every statistic are real lives and real people who are being let down by the state.

People with disabilities and older people should have every right to lead full, independent lives and receive sufficient support from the state to meet their needs, he insisted.

“I am calling on the government to engage with private and community and voluntary homecare providers to incentivise the progression of the terms and conditions they offer their