In an insightful discussion about Older Care, Nursing Homes and the Fair Deal Scheme, broadcast on Newstalk’s Between the Lines programme, last Saturday (18th May, 2019), our founder and lead adviser Tom Murray, along with CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland Tadhg Daly, and Minister for State for Mental Health and Older Persons, Jim Daly speaks to host, 𝐀𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐚 𝐆𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐧.
In his part Tom explores the lengths and depths of The Fair Deal Advice Scheme in Ireland, and ideals of better utilization of the care provided by the State Government fund.
In the wake of a growing population of the Average Age; nursing home and step-down care happens to have a deep impact on modern Irish families. However, individuals are often disadvantaged with lack of proper intimation and personal guidance, when it comes to making the most crucial moves of their lives. Sometimes, the information available on the internet is not sufficient for particular cases and concerns. Therefore, it’s a great resource to have a personal guidance.
On these perspectives, Tom raises concerns about having a Power of Attorney in place, especially for those over the age of 65. Moreover, he also lends his valuable advice to listers, about the total system and ideals of the Fair Deal Scheme, the way it works, whom is the scheme ideal for, and guides you on the importance of timely applications and accuracy of credentials.
Speaking On The Importance Of Having A Power Of Attorney In Place
At some point of in the life of a person, they will need a durable Power of Attorney. The PoA gives families the power to make decisions on behalf of thier elders, in case they are physically or mentally unable to do so on their own. For seniors, coping with dementia and other medical ailments, this a common potential of life, that calls for an acute pre-planning. Hence, Tom encourages families and individuals to consider timely summoning of a PoA.
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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.