The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is developing Draft National Standards for Home Support Services in Ireland. The national standards will aim to promote progressive quality improvements in home support services and give a shared voice to the expectations of the public, people using services, service providers and staff.
The Programme for Government (2020) commits to the introduction of a statutory scheme to support people to live in their own homes, providing access to high-quality, regulated homecare. This scheme is currently under development within the Department of Health. The scheme intends to provide equitable access to high-quality services, based on a person’s assessed care needs. HIQA is developing these draft national standards for organisations who provide home support services, to complement the primary legislation and minimum requirements (regulations) being developed by the government.