Health Minister Robin Swann has announced a support package this evening of up to £23million for domiciliary care and the wider social care sector.
Welcoming the announcement Councillor William McCandless said "We all wish to see our elderly relatives, and those suffering from dementia or physical disability maintaining their dignity and wellbeing by living at home for as long as possible. The support provided by domiciliary care provides for their daily household tasks, personal care, or any other activity that permits them to maintain their quality of life and independent living.
"Our Domiciliary care workers provide a vital service to approx 23K people in Northern Ireland. The current state of the service is fragile and there have been severe concerns about its sustainability.
"This is why I welcome the announcement from Minister Swann with the financial support package of £23M for domiciliary care and the wider social care sector.
It was approx a year ago when Minister Swann pledged to look at the pressures facing Domiciliary care, particularly in rural areas, and the fact that more staff were clearly needed. I thank the Minister for keeping this matter a priority and for delivering."
Minister Robin Swann also announced that he will be launching a public consultation on the future of adult social care.
He said "As I have repeatedly stated, social care needs a long-term programme of both investment and reform.
"While there are many competing demands on Northern Ireland’s public finances, this has to be a priority in the coming years
"We have to invest in staffing – in making a social care a more rewarding job in terms of both remuneration and career opportunities."