Nursing home residents who are part of the Fair Deal program will be able to keep 60 percent of rental income from their family home, under Cabinet-approved plans.
New legislation is being drafted aimed at encouraging people participating in the program to rent out their homes as part of a renewed effort to tackle the housing crisis.
Under the current system, nursing home residents must give up 80% of all rental income from their primary residence to pay for their care.
However, the Cabinet agreed to reduce this to 40 per cent, meaning care home residents can now keep 60 per cent of the money made from the rent.
The move is aimed at increasing the housing stock as the government struggles to deal with the protracted housing crisis and is now facing additional housing problems due to the high number of refugees arriving in Ireland from war-torn Ukraine.
Housing Secretary Darragh O’Brien plans to speed up changes to the Nursing Home Support Scheme, also known as the Fair Deal, through changes to building codes, which are currently in the Oireachtas’ committee stage. It is hoped that the program changes will be rolled out before the Dáil summer break.
The government wants to make the changes as soon as possible in hopes it will free up 8,000 homes owned by people currently living in care homes.
However, some in government believe the number of houses available for rent will only be a fraction of that number. In many cases, relatives of those in need of care still live in the home, while other people do not want to rent out their family home despite being cared for.
The Minister for the Elderly, Mary Butler, previously raised concerns about older people being taken advantage of and placed prematurely in care homes by family members who want to rent out their homes.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/fair-deal-nursing-home-residents-to-keep-60pc-of-rental-income-from-their-family-home-41551197.html Fair Deal nursing home residents keep 60 percent of rental income from their family home