Every day over the next 10 years, an additional seven older people in Ireland will require long-term residential care or home help. Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI) recognises that when faced with this difficult decision, it is the overwhelming preference of the elderly to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.
HCCI, as the trade association for private home care providers, has been working with Government to ensure that home care is a safe, affordable option for families. Representing 25 home care providers, across 75 offices in every county in Ireland, the organisation has been at the forefront of calling for the statutory regulation of the sector and for improved access to home care funding.
In the absence of State regulation, HCCI members adhere to a strict code of conduct based on international best practice guidelines which is independently audited by third parties. All HCCI members commit to rigorous recruitment, garda-vetting, training and supervision procedures to ensure that the highest standard of care is provided by members across the country.
With over 6,000 carers looking after more than 8,000 people across Ireland, we are committed to making sure families have a service available to them that they have confidence in. HCCI members cater for all levels of dependency with personalised care plans and continuous appraisal to ensure that all needs are met. We advocate for patient choice – enabling the elderly and their families to decide what care option is most appropriate, and further development of the community care model.
Home care is an essential part of any community-care based health service model to help people remain in their homes, enjoy a higher level of independence and dignity, and maintain a normal life.