Nursing Homes Support Scheme, a Fair Deal

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme, also known as the “Fair Deal” scheme is a scheme of financial support for people who need long term residential care services.  Under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, people make a contribution towards the cost of their care and the State pays the balance. 

 The Nursing Homes Support Scheme is administered by the HSE in line with the legislation (Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009) and within the resources made available for the Scheme. Applicants cannot avail of State funding for a nursing home place prior to receiving approval of their Fair Deal application.

Under the Nursing Home Support Scheme, prices charged by Private Nursing Homes are agreed between the Private Nursing Home and the National Treatment Purchase Fund.   A weekly price for the cost of care in Public Homes is also provided. Read more about the cost of care.

The scheme has a number of steps and these are set out in the detailed Nursing Homes Support Scheme Information booklet, which you can read or download on this page. Please note that if you were resident in a nursing home before the new scheme started, you should read section 10 of the information booklet carefully

You can also read or download a QUICK GUIDE TO THE NHSS SCHEME here.

Read the National Guidelines for the Standardised Implementation of the Nursing Home Support Scheme