Ireland: state pays maximum of £124 a week for elderly care
- By: Muiris Houston
Long term care for elderly people who are incapacitated is provided in several different ways in Ireland.
If a 74 year old woman had a stroke, for example, and required nursing home care, several options are available. She could be placed in the long stay ward of a geriatric hospital, in a welfare home, or in a district (cottage) hospital. Maintenance charges are payable. The maximum weekly rate is the patient's weekly income less an amount determined by the health board (a body similar to England's former health authorities). If the person has a spouse living at home, these charges are based on not more than 40% of their combined income. The current statutory old age pension in the republic is a124 (£80; $120) a week.
Alternatively, a bed in a private nursing home may be sought. The health boards may pay a subvention towards the cost of a nursing