The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is inviting caregivers, care providers, those who receive care in the home, as well as the wider public, to help inform the development of new draft National Standards for Home Support Services.
HIQA has today launched a consultation process asking people to share their experiences and offer their views on aspects of care provision they believe these new standards should address.
Currently there are no established national standards for home support services in Ireland. HIQA recognises the importance of quality, safe services and is developing these draft National Standards to complement the primary legislation and minimum requirements (regulations) being developed by the Government.
Rachel Flynn, HIQA’s Director of Health Information and Standards, said: “We are holding a consultation early in the development process, to give people an opportunity to identify the key areas that the standards should address and to provide examples of good practice.
“We would particularly like to hear from people using services and their families, as well as staff working in home support services. We will carefully assess all information received and use it, along with other available evidence, to develop the draft National Standards.
“The future demographic challenges of an aging population, trends towards increasingly complex care being provided in the home, and the need to focus on a human rights-based approach that facilitates autonomy and choice, underline the need for quality home support services.
“A principle policy objective of ‘Sláintecare’, is to provide ‘the right care, in the right place, at the right time’, meaning people should have their care needs met in their own home for as long as is possible.
“When developed, the draft National Standards for Home Support Services will enable a person-centred approach, by focusing on outcomes for people using home support services and placing them at the centre of all that the service does.”
The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday, 1 October 2021.
Marty Whelan, Head of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, HIQA
(01) 8147480 / 085 805 5202 / firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on the consultation, please contact the consultation team at email@example.com or call 01 814 7400 and ask to be contacted by a member of the Standards Team.
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