The COVID-19 pandemic and the fear that it has created in our communities is causing considerable issues for our older communities in particular those who are relying on Home care services or who are in Hospital.
I have received many calls from concerned families who have quite suddenly being left with no Home care as the persons performing this valuable service have withdrawn from providing it leaving many older and vulnerable people and families in difficult situations. If you know anyone living alone who was receiving this assistance, I suggest you make contact with them and make sure that they are okay for shopping etc.
This crisis has resulted in Home care no longer being a viable care solution for older persons and many will now have to enter long term care facilities as families are unable to meet their relatives care needs. The good news is that Nursing Home are continuing to accept admissions and the Fair Deal scheme remains open. At Fair Deal Advice we are here to hep you with the process of advising and applying for the Fair Deal if required.
Many of my calls at present are from Families with older relatives in hospital who are or have been transferred into Nursing Homes to clear bed space for potential COVID-19 patients. This believe it or not is a positive for your relatives as Acute Hospitals are no place to be in at present and your relatives will receive better care and be safer in Nursing Homes. In order to get the patients out of the Acute Hospitals many will have been offered temporary transitional care relief whereby the HSE will pay the majority of the cost of care in the Nursing Home for the transferred patient while they apply for the Fair Deal. If you are in these circumstances, I would urge you to apply for the Fair Deal without delay. This will ensure that you will have Fair Deal funding in place when the transitional care relief is withdrawn or runs out. Many people don’t normally have the benefit of receiving transitional care and would normally have to fund the cost of care privately until the application for Fair Deal is approved and funding allocated.
The Fair Deal is a complicated process and I would strongly recommend that you obtain professional advice on it before you complete and submit your application. Incorrectly filled applications have serious implications in the future so don’t be pressured or rushed to complete the application. Get advice and complete the application correctly.
I have had the privilege of using the service on 2 separate occasions and I can honestly say that it was the most professional service I received in the area of providing advice around that fair deal System run by the HSE.
The cost of the service was more than out weighed by the savings accrued as a result of Toms expertise and advice throughout (several thousand euro in savings)
We were so lucky to have an expert such as Tom who provided information, expertise and most of all personal advice during the entire process and cannot thank him enough for his support and assistance.
Brian Mac manus
Tom Murray Fair Deal was a huge help to us. He guided us the whole way through. His advice is impeccable. He responds to phone calls and e mails immediately and produces documents almost in real time. I could not emphasise too strongly the help Tom provided. Worth every penny. Thanks Tom.
I contacted Tom for advice regarding the Fair Deal Scheme as my mother required full time care in a nursing home. Tom's expertise and advice was invaluable. He made the whole daunting process very easy. He had a list of required documents (some that I didn’t know I would need). He took the pain and worry out of the whole process and put my mind at rest. I cannot recommend Tom and this service highly enough. I consider this to be money well spent. Thanks Tom.
Once you make the first call to Tom regarding the Fair Deal Scheme , he makes it all very easy to understand and navigates you easily through the process. The thought of Fair Deal can be daunting for any family but with Tom's assistance and knowledge of the scheme it was an easy process.
Excellent advice, very professional
We contacted Tom with regard to my parents needing Nursing Home care and the Fair Deal process.
Tom's advice was absolutely invaluable to us and without his help we wouldn't have been able to get through this daunting and difficult process.
We can't thank him enough for his advice and support and would have no hesitation in recommending him.
I contacted Tom seeking advice on structuring a financial solution for both of my parent's long term care. Tom took the time to analyse in detail their particular needs and circumstances. This resulted in a long term sustainable financial solution under the Fair Deal Scheme. I would recommend Tom without hesitation, given the value his professional advise brought in guiding us to a long term sustainable financial solution.
Gave excellent advice and fully answered my follow-up questions.
We recently contacted Tom for help with the Fair Deal application process for our father. Although it is a process that can be quite daunting & ambiguous at times, Tom expertly guided us through. There wasn't a single question we had that he could not answer and apart from the financials at all, his extensive and insightful knowledge of the nursing home landscape was absolutely invaluable to us at such a difficult time. His response rate was extremely prompt at all times and he really went above and beyond for us. We could not possibly recommend Tom and his services enough.
I contacted Tom for advice regarding the Fair Deal Scheme as my mother required full time care in a nursing home. Tom's advice was invaluable, his knowledge was exceptional and he was very understanding at this difficult time.
I would not hesitate in recommending his services to anyone finding this process daunting.
Thank you Tom for putting my mind at ease.