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Q. What is the Healthy Age Friendly Homes Programme?

A. Healthy Age Friendly Homes is a national programme which aims to support older people to age in the home and avoid premature admittance to long term care. Once an older person has been referred into our programme, the local coordinator will arrange a visit to discuss the participants needs which will enable them to age in place.

Q. Who is eligible?

A. Anyone over the age of 65 is eligible to be referred into our programme.

Q. Do I need a GP referral?

A. While a GP can refer you into the programme, you do not need a GP referral.

Q. Can I refer myself?

A. Absolutely, you can self-refer, or others can refer you into the programme once you have given your consent.

Q. Will this affect my home care hours?

A. No, this will not affect any current home care or other services being received.

Q. Will I have to pay for this service?

A. No, this is a free service.

Q. Why am I ringing, or am being contacted by, a Meath telephone number?

A. Healthy Age Friendly Homes is a shared service and is hosted by Meath County Council. Our head office is in Kells, Co. Meath. Our administration team are here to help with any queries you may have. You can contact our team on 046-9248899.

Q. Rightsizing – Does the Healthy Age Friendly Homes Programme have a housing stock to accommodate rightsizing?

A. No, Healthy Age Friendly Homes is a signpost and hand-holding service and does not have housing stock. However, our local co-ordinators are happy to advise you on rightsizing within your local authority.

Q. What happens to the information I provide?

A. Any information provided will be stored on a secure drive and will only be shared with the coordinator who will conduct your needs assessment. At home services of the programme are delivered in partnership with other companies, and should you avail of these we will share your information with them, but only with your express consent to do so.

Q. Can a family member of friend be present at the assessment?

A. Absolutely, a family member can be present at the assessment.