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Support for Living at Home

Home Support Worker (Home Help)

 

Home Support Worker (used to be called Home Help) services are provided by the H.S.E. in order to assist people to remain in their own home and to avoid going in to long-term care. However, your local Health Office is not legally obliged to provide these services. The service is generally free to medical card holders although you may have to make a contribution towards the cost, even if you hold a medical card.  If you are in a position to pay the costs involved you can ask the HSE for an arrangement whereby the HSE has all the responsibilities of the employer while you pay the costs.

Home Support Workers provide personal care and practical support to incapacitated people living in their own homes. The service is based on assessed need and is mainly granted to clients over 65 years who are in receipt of a medical card and who meet the criteria for the service. The Public Health Nurse will call out and do an assessment on the person applying for a Home Support Worker.

Based on the clinical assessment the person may be given a Home SupportWorker for a number of hours per week. This will also depend on resources available to the H.S.E.

You cannot have a family member
as a Home Support Worker

You can access this service through your Public Health Nurse or call 042 933 2287.

Contact Citizens Information or your local Health Centre for more information.

Dublin Road, Dundalk. 042/9332287
Alphonsus Road, Dundalk. 042/6820000
Redeemer Health Centre, Dundalk. 042/9386459
Carlingford Health Centre. 042/9383040
Castlebellingham Health Centre. 042/9382343
St. Laurence's Primary Care Centre, Drogheda. 041/9775700
Ballsgrove Health Centre. 041/9833163
Clogherhead Health Centre. 041/9881364
Dunleer Health Centre. 041/6851369
Ardee Health Centre. 041/6835045

For further information on Home Support Worker and Home Care packages please visit the following link under the heading "Health".

http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/reference/checklists/checklist_entitlements_for_older_people.html

 

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