The Home Care Association, a group representing 50 private home care providers to elderly people across the country has said it agrees with the central conclusion of last night’s Prime Time Investigates programme that statutory regulation of the sector is badly needed.
The programme, broadcast on RTÉ One last night, followed a four-month undercover investigation which found evidence of appalling standards by a number of home care providers.
In a statement, the Home Care Association said it has been calling for such regulation for many years, and emphasised that none of its members were the subject of the programme.
Charity group Age Action said the documentary highlights the urgent need for regulation of the home help service.
The Health Service Executive said it is to review standards of care provided to 65,000 older people who are looked after in their own homes.
Bluebird Care are a member of the Home Care Association (www.hca.ie)