Ireland is seeing a rise in the number of people needing long-term care. With this has come an increase in the amount needed to provide that care. If you are thinking about applying for assistance with nursing home costs through the Fair Deal Scheme, then read on for more information about how to do so.
How do I apply for the fair deal scheme?
- Contact your local health office.
- Complete an application form.
- Provide supporting documentation.
- Submit your application and pay the fees prescribed by law.
What does the fair deal scheme cover?
The fair deal scheme covers only nursing home costs. It does not cover other costs, such as the cost of care at home or in the community.
If you live in Ireland and your elderly relative lives in a nursing home, then you can apply for what’s called a “Fair Deal” on their behalf. This means that if they’re earning less than €2250 per month (for example), then your local council will reimburse them for 80% of their total monthly expenses (including medication) up to a maximum of €1250 per month.
Are there any requirements to qualify for the fair deal scheme?
The following are the requirements to qualify for the fair deal scheme.
- You must be a resident of Ireland. This means that you must have been living here for at least 3 years before applying.
- You must have a medical card that shows your address and specifies what type of health insurance cover you require (if any).
- Your gross income must be less than €60,000 per annum (if single), or €450000 per annum (if married/pensioner). If this is not true then there may be other eligibility criteria which we can help you with!
When can I apply to the fair deal scheme?
You must apply within 6 months of the qualifying event. The qualifying event is the date of admission to a nursing home.
How long will it take to get approved for the fair deal scheme?
Fair Deal is a voluntary scheme that helps people with disabilities to make their homes more accessible.
The process takes around 2-3 weeks, but you will be notified by letter if your application has been approved or not. If you have been unsuccessful in applying for the fair deal scheme and need more time to apply again, please contact us on (lines open Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm).
If you are approved as part of fair deal, then you will need to pay an annual contribution towards costs associated with making your home accessible – this will vary depending on whether it’s an older building or one where there are some structural problems such as uneven floors or stairs etc..
You can easily apply for assistance with nursing home costs through the Fair Deal Scheme.
The Fair Deal Scheme, which provides assistance with the costs of nursing home care, is available to residents of Ireland. The scheme covers the cost of nursing home care and is administered by the Health Service Executive (HSE). It’s also administered by the Department of Health.
There are three types of assistance:
- Carer’s Allowance – This payment helps cover basic living costs such as food and clothes for you during your stay in a long-term care facility. If you’re not eligible for Carer’s Allowance but want some help paying for these things, there are other options available too!
- Private Hospitals Passes – These pass allow people who don’t qualify for CCJS funding to visit privately owned hospitals instead of public hospitals when they need medical attention or treatment from specialists outside their area. They’re valid for up to six months at any given time so long as there isn’t any other reason why it shouldn’t be used first before renewing again later down the line.”
If you’re on a limited income, this can be a big help. You don’t have to pay any money upfront and won’t be expected to pay back any costs until after you’ve received funding from the scheme.