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Service and Support Options

The majority of older people wish to:

  • Maintain their independence
  • Remain living in their own home
  • Maintain social contacts
  • Lead a dignified and meaningful lifestyle and
  • Continue their role as a valued member of their community

Depending on you or your relatives needs you may be able to get services to remain living in your own home and community.
For some older people and their families such altermatives may provide the required support that will prevent or delay the need for nursing home care.

It is important to learn about the services and financial supports available to you or you’re relative in considering this option.

For information go to:

Citizens Information: Check list Entitlements for Older People

Before considering placement in a nursing home, explore the possiblity of using alternative services or programmes that permit an older person receive the care in his or her own home in the community setting.

For more  information go to: 

The HSE provides a broad range of services for older people in nursing homes,  the community, including in-patient acute services, step down and convalescent care, day services, rehabilitation, community services, home care and home helps. If you need services for yourself or for an older person you know, choose from the options below, to find out more about the services the HSE provide, and how you can access them.

If you have any questions, you can also call the HSE information line on 1850 24 1850. The information line is open from Monday - Saturday, 8am - 8pm, for the price of a local call.   

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