Figures from the Health Service Executive (HSE) indicate that about 1 in 25 people over 65 are in long-term care.
This means that for many people living in a nursing home will never become a reality. But for those who do encounter these costs, there is state support available.
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...
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