Almost 900 per month apply for Fair Deal scheme

Almost nine hundred applications a month are being received for the state scheme to help with the cost of nursing home care.

30th March, 2013

Almost nine hundred applications a month are being received for the state scheme to help with the cost of nursing home care.

The Fair Deal scheme - officially known as the Nursing Homes Support Scheme - replaced the means-tested subvention system for all new entrants to nursing homes in late October 2009.

According to figures from the Health Service Executive (HSE), just under 23,000 people are currently supported by the scheme. "During 2012 a monthly average...

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