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Clare has lowest Fair Deal rate in Ireland

FEARS have been expressed constructing new long stay residential facilities will no longer be attractive in Clare after a BDO survey revealed the county has the lowest Fair Deal rate in the country. Latest figures for the Fair Deal, which provides financial support to people in long-term nursing home care, shows that support for patients in Clare is the lowest in the country at €930.20 per week. This is €281.60 less per week per bed than Dublin, where the highest rate is paid and totals €951,808 less per annum for an average size Irish nursing home. Report lead author, Brian McEnery, Partner and Head of Advisory at BDO Ireland said that the system for the assessment of the Fair Deal rate is fundamentally flawed and needs to shift from a county by county assessment to a “care need” one. “Someone in a Clare nursing home with acute care needs may be getting significantly less support than someone in Dublin with …

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