Editorial – Home help cuts a false economy

first_imgPrint Email AS hundreds of home help care workers, supporters, trade unions and political representatives march on Dail Eireann to demand the Government and HSE reverse the cuts to home help hours, it begs the question yet again – what is a false economy? The people who have home help are in a position where they can have a much better quality of life with minimal cost to the taxpayer. Small things, which most of us take for granted but which are impossible for people with reduced mobility, are the very things that are being taken away.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The difference between being able to stay in the home which the elderly or infirm have loved all their lives and going into care could be as little as being able to wash the dishes.Cuts to an already sparse home-help service will leave many clients in a position where they have no choice but to go into institutionalised care. And it is well known that the cost of paying for a person in nursing home care runs to thousands each month.Compare that to the €14 per hour it costs to have a home help come in and make a house livable.  With clients getting between ten and twelve hours home-help a week, it’s not rocket science to choose the most cost-effective solution.Already at the start of this year, 500,000 hours were taken out of the home-help system, which has huge ramifications for both the clients and the home-helps who were on a part-time footing already.And that’s just the economics. Personal security and the knowledge that someone will be calling during the day is an integral part of the home-help system. The friendly housekeepers bring much more than a clean sweep.They bring company, conversation and human contact to people who may be otherwise isolated and alone. Facebook Linkedin Twittercenter_img Advertisement WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsEditorial – Home help cuts a false economyBy admin – October 22, 2012 549 Previous article“Munster are not contenders” – Donal LenihanNext articleJanesboro takes Gold adminlast_img read more

Uche Hands Falcons AWCON Win against Bayana Tonight

first_imgFormer Super Falcons head coach Eucharia Uche has said the Banyana Banyana of South Africa cannot stop the side’s podium dance at the on-going 10th Africa Women Cup of Nations (Awcon) in Cameroon.The Falcons will square up against the South Africans in tonight’s second semifinal clash at Stade Municipal de Limbe, Limbe. The title holders finished top of group B, while the South Africans were runners-up behind hosts and leaders Cameroon in group A.Uche said the Falcons will be confronting known opponents and are certain to come up with their best performance in the championship.“Nigeria are destined to play in the final as well as retain the title at the end of the day so it does not matter whether they are playing South Africa, Cameroon or Ghana.“I believe that the Falcons have played the South African side several times in the past to know them better, as well as fashion out a winning programme to unsettle the side.“The Falcons have the experience, exposure and knowledge to understand that the knock-out stage is winner takes all to avoid complacency or underrate the opponents.“The semis teams are angling for the top prize so the Falcons are expected to have the thought at the back of their minds to take the chances as well as play as a team, not caring who scores the goals.“A cursory look at the matches and players showed we have an array of foreign-based players in the Falcons, from the first 11 to those on the bench.“The Falcons, too have equally profited from the exposure of the under-20 players so they have what it takes to come back home with the title.“The Falcons had not been poor though not 100 per cent against Mali, Ghana and Kenya. I know the challenge of South Africa will certainly bring out the best in them.“The Falcons will subdue South Africa to take their rightful position to successfully defend their title in Cameroon,” said the former Nigerian lethal finisher and Bayelsa Queens coach to supersport.com.The Nigerians are eyeing their eighth Africa Women’s Cup of Nations title in Cameroon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more