HCCI welcomes HIQA disability standards and

calls on Minister to extend focus to home care

14 May 2013

Michael Harty, Co-Chair Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI) said: We welcome the announcement from the Health Information and Quality Authority today on standards for adults and children with disabilities in Ireland.

Standards to protect individuals in vulnerable situations are vitally important and while it is gratifying to see the extension of this protection today, we are concerned that there is still no protection whatsoever for people being cared for in their own homes.

We call on Minister Lynch to now move her focus to extending guidelines and regulations to vulnerable elderly people in their own homes.

About HCCI

Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI) was set up in June 2012 following a merger of the Home Care Association and the Professional Institute of Care Providers. It is the representative body for private home care organisations in Ireland with the primary objective of promoting the highest professional standards of care in the home, in a cost-effective manner.

At present the HCCI has 25 member companies providing employment to almost 8,000 staff and caring for over 6,000 people across every county in Ireland. Home care is a care alternative that is preferred by the majority of care recipients, contributes to improved quality of life and is a cost-effective treatment option. Our members include operators across the country providing 78,000 hours of care each week at the frontline of health service provision.

For further information: www.hcci.ie or contact Edel Bach, T: 0860453821.