Why are we forcing the elderly out of their homes?

We came across two very interesting news articles in The Journal and The Irish Independent which refers to the number of elderly men and women that could be cared for in their own home rather than forcing them into nursing homes. Here are some of the findings.

“One in three people in Irish nursing homes could live at home if they had enough support, according to Alone, a charity that cares for older people in need. ALONE is an independent charity that works with the 1 in 5 older people who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis.”

“The charity acknowledges the important service provided by nursing homes, said that Ireland is not committed enough to funding alternative forms of elder care.”

“The percentage of people in nursing homes is 35% greater than the EU average and the average stay in nursing homes is 1.6 years longer than in the UK, it said.”

“Launching its ‘Home First’ campaign today, Alone blamed cumulative cuts in funding for home help and housing adaption grants for Ireland’s disproportionately large number of nursing home residents.”

“The charity called on the government to divert a portion of funding from the HSE’s fair deal scheme, which funds nursing home care, to support older people living at home.”

“It is also calling on the Government to increase home-help hours and develop primary and community-care systems. Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE “It’s about linking all the services and bringing a care plan to people in their homes, otherwise, we’re going to have a situation where we have to build more and more nursing homes,” he said, stressing that developing community services is “a cheaper option” and that “it’s what families want”.

“He also said that nursing homes should be viewed as a last resort rather than the only option. As a nation, we are pushing older people into nursing homes ahead of their time, while at the same time others who need additional supports are being made do without.”

“A recent cost-comparison survey, conducted by ALONE, found that nursing home care is “three times more expensive” than home help.”

“Meanwhile, Nursing Homes Ireland has claimed the lack of cohesive government policy and strategy, combined with uncertainty around funding, are among the biggest challenges to the sector. According to Tadhg Daly, CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland, more than 40pc of private and voluntary nursing homes intend to develop “additional bed numbers” in their facilities over the coming year.”

“The Government must address this issue of a ‘fair price for care’ if they wish to enable the provision of additional bed numbers which are forecast to be required,” he said.

Ardoo Caresafe’s own research and case studies concluded that the costs of keeping the elderly at home for longer works out considerably cheaper than nursing home costs.

We have also come to the conclusion that a complete downstairs conversion in the home is not necessary. Rather than having to convert your downstairs sitting/dining room into a bedroom/bathroom and incurring hefty construction costs, one possible low costing solution could be getting a stairlift installed and purchasing two Ardoo 140 Hoists. One hoist can be left downstairs and the other upstairs so you always have it at the ready. It can be used to safely & easily transfer a person onto the stairlift.

A stairlift can be installed in one day and you can buy the two Ardoo Hoists directly from us. This will give the person in need more freedom to stay at home. I’m sure they would be delighted that they don’t need to pack their bags and head to a nursing home and leave behind their own home.