Hourly Fee Suggested For Pensioners Needing Home Care

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The ESRI revealed demand for home care services is increasing.

Pensioners could be asked to pay an 5 euro an hour for home care and support services.

A review by the ESRI has revealed that demand for home carers is increasing and could be reprimanded with a flat rate.

Public homecare is currently free and extra hours can be organised privately for a fee.

But Tullamore's Catherine Cox from Family Carers Ireland says the plan must be based on need, not ability to pay:

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