Legislative changes

At last a number of important changes to the scheme are about to become operational. These are incorporated in the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Amendment) Bill 2021
The Bill has passed all stages at the Dail and Seanad and has been sent to the President for signature.
It is proposed that it will become operative within 90 days of been enacted.

The main changes are :-

1. To cap financial contributions based on farm and business assets at three years, where a nominated family successor commits to working the productive asset for a period of 6 years

2. Extend the existing 3 year cap on contributions to the cost of care based on the value of a principal residence to the proceeds from the sale of that residence. This means that the proceeds from the sale of the principal residence will be treated the same as the residence itself and will not be included in the assessment of means after the 3 year period has elapsed. This will enable a sale of the residence at any time after entering the Fair Deal scheme.
3. To allow any person over 18 years of age to attend any interview in connection with the Scheme with the recipient of care .

Further legislation expected re Rental Income

Further changes are expected regarding the treatment of rental income from a property vacated by an individual who is receiving support under the Scheme. It is expected that legislation will be prepared after the Dail Summer recess.