People want to remain in their homes and require more help to do so.
Home care must be provided as a statutory right to all citizens of Ireland and urgent legislation should be immediately drawn up to ensure this say Leitrim's county councillors.
According to figures released in January 6,200 people are waiting on home care support in Ireland and some of these are waiting more than two years.
Highlighting the figures at the March council meeting, Cllr Mary Bohan said the situation was 'absolutely outrageous'.
“We need urgent legislation to declare home care provision as a statutory right to all citizens. A huge amount of people want to and could be, living in their own home and we should provide services to allow them to do so,” she said.
She pointed out that some allocations for home help were completely insufficient, noting a case where a disabled person has been allocated half an hour for help bathing.
“Half an hour isn't enough. Home carers are often staying longer than this allocation because they want to help the person. It's not fair on them or their client,” she added.
She asked that her motion calling for new legislation to be drawn up be forwarded to the Minister for Health, Simon Harris.
Her motion was seconded by Cllr Enda Stenson and unanimously backed by the rest of the chamber.
Cllr Felim Gurn, who serves as a council representative on the HSE West board pointed “the whole system is a joke.”
Cathaoirleach, Cllr Sean McGowan, said it was important that elderly people remain in their own homes as long as possible with adequate care supports.
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