Nursing Home Care

MS is a disease that can progress to a point where, not only is 24 hour care necessary, but 24 hour skilled nursing care is essential. At this point the needs of the person with MS frequently exceed family resources. Significant cognitive loss, incontinence, nutritional compromise, and/or respiratory issues require complex clinical care. Care Givers may no longer be able to carry the burden for a variety of reasons, even with additional assistance at home. In this section we take a closer look at nursing home care and what to anticipate if that choice needs to be made.

Nursing Home Support Scheme – Fair Deal

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme, also known as the “Fair Deal” scheme is a scheme of financial support for people who need long term residential care services. Under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, people make a contribution towards the cost of their care and the State pays the balance. 

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme is administered by the HSE in line with the legislation (Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009) and within the resources made available for the Scheme. Applicants cannot avail of State funding for a nursing home place prior to receiving approval of their Fair Deal application.

Under the Nursing Home Support Scheme, prices charged by Private Nursing Homes are agreed between the Private Nursing Home and the National Treatment Purchase Fund. A weekly price for the cost of care in Public Homes is also provided.

More information on the Nursing Home Support Scheme, including details of how to apply, is found here

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