‘At long last’ fairness has been brought to the farming and business communities when applying for the Fair Deal Scheme, according to Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe.   

The Fianna Fail TD said it is great to see applicants from the farming and business communities being treated in line with all other applications towards the cost of care in a nursing home.  

“Financial support is very important for those who require long-term nursing home care and any additional support is welcomed and will make a big difference for all those involved,” Deputy O’Keeffe said.

The Nursing Home Support Scheme also known as the Fair Deal provides financial support for those in long-term nursing home care. 

People using the scheme contribute up to 80% of their income and up to 7.5% of the value of any assets held towards their cost of care.

The value of a person’s home is only included in the financial assessment for the first three years of their time in care. 

Under the new announcement the three year limit will include farms and businesses where a family successor continues to operate it for six years.

The Bill is to go before the Health Dáil Committee for any amendments that interested groupings wish to be considered.