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

Millions Worth of Cocaine Seized in the Dominican Republic

first_imgBy Dialogo February 24, 2012 The Dominican Republic’s National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD, for its Spanish acronym) landed a heavy blow against drug trafficking when it seized 616 packages of cocaine and arrested the two individuals who were transporting them on February 22. The shipment, distributed in 25 polypropylene bags, was found in the possession of Samil David Arredondo Cedeño and Pedro de Peña Rodríguez. DNCD spokesperson Roberto Lebrón revealed that the seizure was part of “Operation Volcano,” led by the head of the institution, Major General Rolando Rosado Mateo. He stated that the DNCD, via the Sensitive Investigations Tactical Division and with the assistance of the Preventive Police, tracked the individuals until catching up with them in the town of Boca Chica. “We’re dealing with an organization that received the drugs from Colombia or Venezuela using speedboats in order to turn them over to the men we arrested and other identified individuals on the high seas. They received the 616 packages 60 miles off the coast,” said the report provided by the anti-narcotics spokesperson. The same report states that the gang received the drugs for their export, with a final destination probable in Puerto Rico, “but it could also have been to send it to Europe, using a port facility and an airport,” said the report.last_img read more

Davis Cup BH-Lithuania: Today’s Matches will Decide the Winner

first_img(Source: Klix.ba) Today at 13:00 o’clock, Damir Dzumhur and Ricardas Berankis will play the fourth match under the Davis Cup between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Lithuania.According to the current score of 1: 2 in favor of the visitors’ selection, the match which will be played today could decide the winner.If Džumhur wins and thus the overall score equals to the result of 2:2, the decision match will be played by Mirza Basic and Laurynas Grigelis.Today, the  support of the audience in the hall “Ramiz Salcin” is very important to our players because for the first time in history  of BH tennis, BiH entered in the first set of E/A Zone of Davis Cup.According to ITF rules, both selectors still have the right to change the player which must be declared no later than 60 minutes before the match.last_img read more