A CLAMPDOWN has been ordered on state-funded home-help companies which take top-up fees from elderly and disabled people, the Irish Independent has learnt.
In some cases, home help companies have been raking in fees of up to €170,000 a year from their clients, who are generally elderly.
This is on top of the payment these companies receive from the Health Service Executive (HSE) for providing services for up to 50,000 people nationwide.
Staff known as ‘home helps’ support older people and people with disabilities by visiting them in their own houses for a number of hours, allowing them to continue to live independently.
The companies working in this sector receive around €50m in state funding each year — and are not supposed to seek additional payments from their clients.