Albert Connaughton, owner of Belmont House nursing home in Stillorgan, beside a vacant bed in the facility. “There is a lag, no doubt about it,” he said. Photograph: Jack Power

Nursing home owners say a “disconnect” between hospitals and private nursing homes, arising from delays moving patients out of hospital, is contributi(...)

Nursing Homes Ireland’s Tadhg Daly says the full capacity of the nursing home sector should be “utilised” to ensure patients are discharged when ready, and “those who need to get in” have  hospital beds. Photograph: Frank Miller

Discharging to nursing homes suitable patients from acute hospital beds should be “ramped up” to ease pressure on emergency departments, Tadhg Daly, c(...)

“The nursing home was very nice and comfortable, but I felt terrible. I was going out of my head, there was nothing to do,” says Kay. Library photograph: iStock

Kay (not her real name) went to a nursing home almost a year ago. Like many older people – she is 86 – she fell at home and her family grew concerned (...)

 Liam Doran, general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Liam Doran General secretary of the INMO What were the biggest wins in healthcare in 2015? A significant development on paper was the recommenc(...)

A publicity poster for the Nursing Homes Ireland radio ad campaign by the agency DDFH&B. The message is one of positivity and it highlights the input of carers to residents’ lives.

Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI), the representative group for the private and voluntary nursing homes sector, has embarked on a national radio advertising(...)

The numbers of people on trolleys in emergency departments around the country could be higher next week, the head of the Health Service Executive has (...)

The report, Health’s Ageing Crisis: Time for Action, prepared by chartered accountants group BDO, says there will be a shortfall of 4,200 nursing home beds by 2016 and 8,000 beds by 2021.

Ireland is facing a demographic “time bomb”, according to the authors of a report on the future of Ireland’s nursing homes commissioned (...)

Revenue said the cigarettes represented a loss to the Exchequer of €3.6 million. File photograph: Bloomberg

Health groups have called for a 60c increase in the price of a pack of cigarettes in next month’s Budget.The Irish Cancer Society and Irish Heart Foun(...)

With demand rising and the State picking up most of the tab, the business of providing long-term residential care for older people should be a rare gr(...)

 Kathleen Lynch: said the authority was “very reasonable”

The health services safety watchdog has said it will not change how it applies official standards which State-run nursing homes around the country wil(...)