Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate, Cllr Cormac Devlin has expressed his concern regarding the decrease in Home Help Hours available to families in need of essential supports to care for loved ones.

Home Help Hours in Dún Laoghaire have been reduced by over 1,500 over the past 12 months.

Commenting on the figures obtained by Fianna Fáil, Cllr Devlin said, “Families in Dún Laoghaire have seen their home help hours repeatedly curtailed under this Government. It’s become all common that the time allocated is simply not enough for healthcare providers to carry out all of the work required.

“General and quite basic household tasks such as washing, cooking or cleaning all take time but unfortunately as a result of the cuts imposed by this Government , healthcare workers are unable to deliver the necessary services in the time that they’re given. This is impacting on the care that older people are receiving.

“The care givers and recipients are losing out as a result of these harsh cuts. Healthcare workers are under severe pressure to get their work carried out under unrealistic time constraints, and unfortunately people are not receiving the level of care they deserve.

“The majority of older people want to live with dignity and stay in their own homes, and these supports are designed to facilitate that. They should be fully enabled to remain at home; not only is it the best value for money but it’s also the most humane result for older people.

“There are countless families in our area that are helping their loved ones to stay at home when they are ill or very frail and they have very little assistance from the State.

“Regrettably, information received by Fianna Fáil reveals that Dún Laoghaire has suffered yet another cutback to home help hours since 2016.

“This is not good enough and older people and their families are being forced to consider nursing home care when their wish is to be cared for in the comfort of their own home. Clearly this view is not shared by the Government,” concluded Cllr Devlin.