Dementia is one of the most significant health and social care challenges facing Ireland today.
The Government is Not Honouring Its Commitment to People with Dementia
In Budget 2016 the Government has ignored the needs of the 30,000 people living with dementia in our communities, who need support to continue to live at home.
Although we welcome the restoration of the vital Respite Carer’s Grant- a lifeline to the 50,000 people providing round the clock care to people with dementia in Ireland- the Government has failed to adequately address the biggest public health and societal issue this country is facing.
Almost two in three people with dementia in Ireland are currently living at home and we have called on the Government to provide adequate support to allow them to continue to do so for as long as possible. However, the glaring omission, in any comments by Ministers Varadkar and Lynch, shows the lack of priority given by Government and by the Department of Health to people with dementia. As a consequence Budget 2016, like many preceding budgets, has failed to create a real difference to the lives of people with dementia.
Read our full reaction to Budget 2016 here. Download a summary of our Pre-Budget Submission here.
Our key recommendations for Budget 2016 were:
Staying at home as a first option
1. Focus investment on community long-term care
2. Fund the equitable provision of intensive dementia-specific care beyond 8 pilot sites to all Local Health Office (LHO) areas at a cost of €30.2m
3. Increase funding to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland by €2.1m per annum to cover 75% of total costs
Promoting independence at home
4. Fund a national Dementia Adviser service at a cost of €1.56m
5. Fund and resource a dementia case worker to cover each LHO area at a cost of €1.92m