Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon has expressed his concern following an increase in families contacting the Deputy for help in securing home help hours.

Deputy Scanlon commented, “There is a growing concern among constituents that home help hours are coming to a halt. I have been contacted by many families who have a loved one awaiting the provision of hours only to be left waiting indefinitely.

“I am also aware of hours being cut. One such woman has been receiving 45 minutes of home help hours every morning which has been cut by 15 minutes. Her husband, after waiting for a long time for hours to be assigned, then received 15 minutes in his own right. It is a disgrace.

“There is an obvious shortage of staff and funding for such staff. We must be encouraging people to grow old in their own homes. This can only be facilitated with the support of home help hours which are not forthcoming.

“I intend to raise this with the Minister for Health. Those requiring home help hours should not be left waiting without any hope or indication of hours,” concluded Deputy Scanlon.