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Care of the aged report April 1980
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|Title: ||Care of the aged report April 1980|
|Publisher: ||Eastern Health Board (EHB)|
|Issue Date: ||Apr-1980 |
|Description: ||Primary aim is to enable old persons to live at home as long as possible.
2. Provide 30 bed geriatric/assessment/rehabilitation unit at Mater Hospital.
3. Provide 100 bed geriatric assessment/rehabilitation and long stay unit at
Naas and in the meantime try to find extra long stay beds for Area B.
4. Develop geriatric unit at St. Columcil1e's and immediately provide 25-30 bed
assessment/rehabilitation unit there.
5. Proyide 30 bed assessment/rehabilitation unit at St. Michael's Hospital.
6. Seek rehabilitation beds for Area C in voluntary hospitals.
7. Provide full back-up staff to each consultant geriatrician.
8. Increase Board's contribution towards maintenance costs in private nursing homes.
9. Plan early provision of extended care beds at Blessington and 100 at St.Clare's
10. Abandoned older hospitals would in general be unsuitable for conversion to care
of the elderly.
11. Special examination of nursing complements and recruitment process in relation
to centres for care of the aged.
12. Immediate introduction of geriatric training in nurse-training curriculum and
introduction of post-graduate nurse training.
13. Nurse/patient ratio in extended care units for elderly should be 1/1.25
14. Provide three 40 bed welfare homes per year over next five years.
15. Form joint committee with each housing authority to work out a review respective
contributions to meeting housing needs of the elderly.
16. Special efforts to foster housing schemes for elderly by voluntary agencies.
17. Improvement grants for houses to be increased and made more easily available for
18. Increased funds for housing of elderly should be by way of special allocation and
not at the expense of ordinary housing allocation.
19. Immediate provision of two "Day Hospitals" with adequate staff and transport service
20. Proceed urgently with arrangements to encourage development of Day centres. Clubs
for the elderly throughout the Board's area, with adequate transport.
21. Increase numbers of meals provided for elderly.
22. Encourage development of home help service.
23. Review arrangements for Old Age Pension Scheme to allow elderly people up to £5O
per week, so that they can make their own arrangements for home help.
24. Appoint extra Medical officers to each Community care Team, provide extra public
health nurses, social workers ,physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
25. Provide for boarding out of elderly persons with private families.
26. Simplify free fuel scheme and increase value of voucher to £5 per week and
maintain it at that level of value.
27.Survey the conditions of the aged population to establish the full span of need;
provide sufficient resources for the survey.
28.An integrated system be set up, operating at national and local levels, to be
responsible for all aspects of care of the aged; a special programme to be
formed for the purpose within the Board's administrative system.
29.Intensive campaign of public education by Health Education Board.|
|Keywords: ||OLDER PEOPLE|
|Appears in Collections: ||EHB Publications|
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