Waiting time for Kerry fair deal applications below national average

The waiting time for approval of fair deal applications from Kerry is below the national average.

The details were revealed in response to a question from Tralee Cllr Mikey Sheehy at the recent HSE South Regional Health Forum.

The process of approval for support under the Nursing Home Support Scheme (NHSS) is two-part – an assessment of care needs and of financial means.

That’s according to Chief Officer for Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, Ger Reaney, who was responding to Cllr Mikey Sheehy.

Mr Reaney says an applicant must be found to need long-term care, and an assessment of their income and assets is carried out to determine the weekly contribution to care.

He says the care needs assessment is generally completed within a short period, but because the financial assessment requires supporting documentation, there can be delays in submitting this which will then delay the decision process.

The national average processing time for an application to the Nursing Home Support Scheme is 38 days, but in Kerry and Cork the average processing time is 28 days.

Once an applicant is approved and their contribution determined, the applicant is placed on the national waiting list for funding.

The waiting time for funding has recently been reduced to an average of four weeks, but it can vary, depending on the availability of resources.