HSE Shared Living Scheme Donegal

Media Release: 29 January 2020

The HSE is inviting people to care for an older person in their home. It involves caring for an older person who can no longer manage to live independently. Shared Living Donegal is part of a continuum of care aimed at keeping an older person as independent as possible in their own communities.

For the older person, it is an opportunity for them to remain living in the community and maintain a high level of independence. The older person also has the benefit of living in a caring home environment where the Host gets to know their needs. Many of the older persons cared for in Shared Living enjoy the company of others and having the security of having a familiar host caring for them each day. The older person placed in the host’s home is assessed by experienced staff to ensure the scheme can safely meet their needs.

For the Host, being part of the Home Sharing scheme is an opportunity to be part of an older person’s life in a special way. Providing care for an older person who is facing huge changes in their life can be a challenging and rewarding experience. Placements are usually arranged for the long term and a host’s home can accommodate up to four older persons depending on the assessment.

To become a host family or carer just get in touch with us for more detailed information. We will talk to you by telephone or one of our Social Workers for Older People will arrange to meet with a potential host family and explain the scheme in more detail.

Information and training will be provided to hosts and they will have an opportunity to hear from those who have experience of Home Sharing. The host family or host individual is assessed by the HSE to ensure they are ready for the commitment and their home is suitable. Home Sharing is a statutory scheme and the HSE, as well as the older person, make a payment to the host to cover expenses.

Shared living has been operating in Donegal under different names since 1983 and we have experienced staff who provide support to all our Hosts and the older people participating in this worthwhile scheme.

An Information Evening regarding Shared Living Donegal will take place on:
Tuesday, 11th February 2020 at the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny from 7 to 9 pm.

For more information please contact: Sean Dunne or Tracey Maguire on 087 6468540 / 087 1379586

Last updated on: 31 / 01 / 2020