Lack of ring-fenced funding for dementia home care in Budget 2017 is a blow to the 55,000 people living with the condition

We are deeply disappointed that no funding has been ring-fenced to provide home care supports for people with dementia in Budget 2017.

People with dementia have the right to maintain their independence and the majority of people want the choice to live at home with their families. People like Kathy Ryan, a Tipperary woman and mother of two, who featured in our campaign video below.

Responding to the Budget announcement Kathy said: “The one thing that people with dementia do not have is time. We need these services in place now to allow us to stay in our own homes where we, and our family members, explicitly want us to be. I am bitterly disappointed to hear that our plea has fallen on deaf ears. We can’t afford to wait; families and struggling carers can’t afford to wait. The lack of funding is placing undue hardships on people with dementia and their loved ones.”

You can read our full budget reaction here

You can read about the importance of home care for families living with dementia here and for more information on this campaign please download our summary Pre-Budget Submission here. A copy of our full Pre-Budget Submission is available here.

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