Fair Deal

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.

We are currently seeking clarity from the Department of Health in relation to the Minister’s statement in the context of the approved Service Plan for 2011.

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.