Reilly: I want to increase home-help hours

Reilly: I want to increase home-help hours

Health Minister Dr James Reilly has pledged to ring-fence home help care from further cuts.

Dr Reilly said he would instead do everything possible to increase home help hours to allow people to stay at home instead of being hospitalised or moving to nursing homes.

He made the comment at the publication of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, a national study of 8,000 people aged 50 and over.

Minister Reilly said: "I will be doing everything we can to ensure that, not alone there are no cuts, but we get an increase in home-care-help hours for people…That maintains people at home, giving them dignity and independence and also saving the taxpayer a lot of money."

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