Facts on Fair Deal at June 2011

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS), commonly known as ‘A Fair Deal’ commenced on 27th October, 2009. As set out in the NHSS legislation Act 2009, the scheme offers a new system of financial support for individuals who require long-term nursing home care and applies to people entering public and private nursing home care.

Since the commencement of the scheme, the HSE has received over 20,900 applications. 16,300 applications have resulted in final approval, as of the end of March 2011.

The total budget available to the HSE (€1.01bn) for long-term residential care has always and will continue to be used exclusively for the care of older people resident in nursing homes. The HSE has continued to provide services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medicines to nursing home residents who had been receipt of these services.

The HSE has recommenced the approval of applications for funding under the Nursing Home Support Scheme. The approvals of applications under the Scheme had been suspended from 13th May, pending clarification on the funding available for the scheme in 2011. 400 of the applications, which had been affected by the suspension period, were approved in the past number of weeks. Existing and new applications are now being approved and processed in chronological order.

The HSE continues to work closely with the Department of Health in relation to the significant pressures on the budget available, and the increasing demand, for the Nursing Home Support Scheme. In addition, the HSE continues to receive applications for the scheme and is in ongoing discussions with the Department to identify ways of addressing current and future demand for nursing homes places.