How do you get the facts about your older parent’s behaviour?

How do you get the facts about your older parent’s behaviour?  First of all you need to step back from the  situation and resist the urge to step in and fix what you see as problems.  You cannot fix anything until you figure out what the problems are.  And that takes time, gentle questioning and a […]

Are you worried about the farm under the Fair Deal Scheme?

Are you worried about the farm under the Fair Deal Scheme when it comes to senior living ? Farm families are particularly attached to the land because it has provided their livelihood for years and it may have been passed down through the generations.   This area has been quite muddled for a number of years […]

Don’t assume that you are too well off for the Fair Deal Scheme

Don’t assume that you are too well off for the Fair Deal Scheme in relation to care for the elderly.   Emer Lavin Eldercare has come across people who are under the misconception that the Fair Deal scheme is not for them.  They think that they are too rich.  But it pays to do the calculations […]

Understanding the Cost of Care…

The topic of elder care can be very difficult to talk about, or to even think about; but it is important that you do not leave it until it’s too late. Understanding the cost of care is critical before organising homecare or signing up for the Fair Deal Scheme.   Senior care or care of the […]

The cost of care for older people including the Fair Deal Scheme

The cost of care for older people including the Fair Deal Scheme is a real worry for families.  Whether you provide care within the family or get paid homecare or nursing home care there will be extra demands on your time, your money and your energy.   Most people have to go to work and look […]

Can we rent out the family home under the Fair Deal Scheme?

Can we rent out the family home under the Fair Deal Scheme? If your relative is in a nursing home they have to pay 7.5% of their assets yearly and 80% of their income to the Fair Deal Scheme. If the family rents out the family home they will forfeit 80% of the rent to […]

Ageing and Old Age

When I think about ageing and old age Shakespeare’s  “The Seven Ages of Man” springs to mind. The words are spoken by Jaques, a Lord attending upon Duke Frederick in the play “As you Like It” by William Shakespeare “And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lined, With eyes severe and […]

What is The Fair Deal Scheme in Ireland?

What is the Fair Deal Scheme in Ireland?  It is also known as the Nursing Home Support Scheme and it was introduced in 2009.  Before that nursing homes charged a certain amount and the family would usually make up the difference. Nowadays if you decide to place a relative in an eldercare home you will […]

Family Carers

Family carers save the State a huge amount of money. And yet only about a quarter of applications for Carer’s Allowance are successful. Many people are providing care to family members and not looking for any reward.  The hours are long and it is tough, isolating work.  Sometimes carers give too much and this has […]

How fair is the Fair Deal Scheme?

How fair is the Fair Deal Scheme?  When it comes to care for the elderly some people think that the Fair Deal Scheme is fair because they don’t have assets and if their only income is the State pension they will not have to pay much for their nursing home care.  We use the Fair […]