Home Care Association (HCA) welcomes the recommendation of the Law Reform Commission
Home Care Association today (Monday 30th January 2012) welcomed the recommendation of the Law
Reform Commission that Home Care services in Ireland should be regulated.
HCA president Bryan Meldrum said that "it makes absolute sense for HIQA to regulate and monitor
home care providers to ensure that older peoples independence, dignity and quality care is maintained.
We have been calling for regulation for 5 years and this the latest in a long series of reports that
call for regulation. It is time now for the government to prioritise this legislation as promised
in the Programme for Government."
Meldrum continued, "due to the lack of regulation Home Care Association has put in place its
own standards for members that mirror best practice and members are independently inspected by an
external auditor. In that way the public can choose a HCCI member safe in the knowledge they are
committed to best practice."
The Law Reform Commission Report is contained at:
http://www.lawreform.ie/news/law-reform-commission-publishes-report-on-professional-home-care.358.html About Home Care Association
The HSE provides home care to citizens in one of three ways:
Provision of home care services directly by HSE staff
Contracting of home care services from non-profit providers
Contracting of home care services to private providers
According to the CSO the old population (i.e. those aged 65 years and over) is projected to increase very significantly
from its 2010 level of 508,000 to over 1.1 million by 2036.
Home Help Services usually assist people with normal household tasks although they may also help with personal care.
Home Care Packages are aimed mainly at those requiring medium to high caring support to continue to live at home
independently. They may include the services of nurses, home care
attendants, home helps and
the various therapies including
physiotherapy services and
occupational therapy services.
Home Care Association (HCA) is the trade association representing private home care providers in Ireland. Just a
few years ago, the only option available if you needed elder home care was to rely on family or friends for assistance.
If this option was not available nursing homes were the only choice. Developments in elder care recognise the wishes
of older people who want the benefits of assisted living, but don't want to move out of their home.
Home Care Association represents professional providers of home care.
Our members adhere to the draft 'National Guidelines for Home care Support Services' and directly employ, train, background
check, supervise and insure caregivers to provide a quality service to clients.