Quality and Standards in Human Services in Ireland: Home Care for Older People

Quality and Standards in Human Services in Ireland: Home Care for Older People

Author: NESC
Published: Oct 12     Report No: 130

Home Care for Older People

Since July this year, the HSE requires companies providing home care packages on its behalf to meet comprehensive quality standards.  This is a positive development, but other types of home care (such as home care provided directly by the HSE, or provided by private companies to individuals) are not required to meet these standards, even though some companies voluntarily apply quality standards.

“This NESC report recommends that national standards and regulations, inspected by HIQA, be applied to all types of home care.  This is already a Government commitment, but has not yet been implemented”, said Dr Anne-Marie McGauran, author of the report. “The HSE has already drafted quality standards, and implementing these for all home care services, and backing them up with legislation, would help to improve the quality of home care.”

Guidance for home care providers on how to increase the quality of care they provide is also recommended; as well as collecting standardised data to allow comparison of the quality of care given by different home care providers.

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