Families are being forced to privately fund nursing home care for their loved ones due to delays in the Fair Deal Scheme, according to the Irish Times.
Meanwhile, other families are keeping their older relatives in hospital, thereby contributing to overcrowding, because their nursing home places have not yet become available, a survey of operators indicates.
Amid concerns over the funding of the scheme and growing reports of delays, Nursing Homes Ireland conducted a snapshot survey of members last week on the issues they were observing.
A nursing home owner in Co Westmeath claimed the hospital in Tullamore said Fair Deal was not being offered to patients, who are funding their accommodation privately.
Separately, a Co Roscommon operator said families were being “pushed” to fund privately or else leave their loved one in hospital.
Tadhg Daly, chief executive of NHI, said the survey showed older people were staying in in hospitals for weeks, despite being ready for discharge back into the community via nursing home care.