Billy Timmins TD has said it is time to build a sea-change in care of the elderly to prioritize care in the come over nursing home care.
Timmins said ”Under our current unimaginative regime the only options available to senior citizens are to stay in their homes with virtually no support or to enter nursing homes.
The party intends to challenge this policy by creating greater support systems for the elderly who stay in their homes.
We intend investing an initial half a billion Euros in community-based housing designed for senior citizens, in the heart of our communities.
The isolation and loneliness faced by many senior citizens are surmountable challenges.
We intend to create a society which prioritizes the dignity and independence of our senior citizens.
Options such as entering a nursing home should be a matter of choice as distinct to being the only available solution.
RENUA Ireland will use funds from local property tax to develop fit for purpose communities for senior citizens so that they have options besides living in isolation or entering a nursing home.
Services can be more readily provided this way, and can be provided to people who continue to live independently but who choose to visit community centres for company and as a social outlet.
This cost is to be facilitated from an annual fund of €500m over the long term.
The party is also proposing that community centres and primary care centres must be used more intensively along with community care facilities and home care packages to keep senior citizens out of long term stay in general hospitals which do not fit their medical and social needs.”