Home Care Packages


A Home Care Package is a set of services provided by the HSE to help an older person to be cared for in their own home. A Home Care Package includes extra services and supports that are over and above the normal community services that the HSE provides directly or through a HSE funded service. 


You do not need to have a medical card in order to apply for a Home Care Package. There will be no means test - there will be no assessment of your income. The supports you receive, if any, will be based on your assessed care needs subject to the limit of the resources available for the scheme in the local health office area.

When you apply, the HSE will carry out a Care Needs Assessment for you. This will look at your overall health care needs and your social circumstances, and will identify what level of care you are currently receiving and what other supports you may need. In order to be allocated a Home Care Package, this assessment has to confirm that enhanced levels of service/support are required.

To apply for a Home Care Package you need to fill in the Home Care Package application form available from the Home Care Package Manager at your local health office. You can also download a copy here.

Each of the 9 Community Health Organisations across the country have a number of approved providers available to provide service to clients locally where the HSE is not in a position to provide the service directly. The approved providers, meet a required level of national standards.

Clients choose their service provider from the list of approved providers in their area. Home Instead Senior Care is one of the approved Providers.

For more information download the Home Care Package Information Booklet or contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office.

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