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How to get a long term care bed – Application Process

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme, otherwise known as ‘Fair Deal’, is a means of financial support for people who need long-term nursing home care. Under ‘Fair Deal’ you will make a contribution towards the cost of your care and the State will pay the balance. This applies regardless of the cost of care in your chosen place of care. Potential residents to any nursing home should apply for Fair Deal approval well in advance, as this process can take a number of weeks.

St Luke’s Home has been approved for ‘Fair Deal’. It has a total of 128 beds split into four care houses, one of which is secure for residents with specific Dementia needs. A waiting list is maintained for admission to all beds in the Home.

Applications for “fair deal” funding should be made direct to the HSE by:

• Completing Form NHSS1 available on the HSE website, or
• Contacting or calling to the HSE Nursing Home Support Office, Floor 1 Aras Slainte, Wilton Road, Cork telephone 021-4923536, or
• Contact telephone number: 1850 24 1850.

<h2style=”margin-bottom: 10px;>The application process has 3 parts:

• A Care Needs Assessment – to confirm medical eligibility
• A Financial Assessment – to assess your financial contribution
• Payment Approval – to accept you for payment and admission into the scheme.

On completion of the application form you will be notified of the assessed financial contribution you will pay under the scheme, and receive a list of all approved nursing homes. You can then choose a home on the list subject to the following three conditions:

• The home must cater for your specific needs
• The home must have a place available for you
• The HSE approves you for payment

There are two application forms to complete if you are choosing St Luke’s Home, one to be completed by you and the other to be completed by your G.P. or Consultant.

Long-Term Care Application Form  (Word Document Download)

Following admission, your assessed financial contribution will be invoiced to you by the Home monthly, together with any additional charges not covered by Fair Deal, a list of these are available on request or on admission. The HSE pays the difference between your assessed financial contribution and the agreed Fair Deal fee of your chosen nursing home. Currently the agreed Fair Deal fee for St Luke’s Home is €1,280 per week.


Should you not be eligible for, or decide not to avail of “Fair Deal” you may elect to pay the total cost of care fee directly to St Luke’s Home, which will be invoiced directly to you each month in advance.

Admission will still be via our waiting list, and be subject to our own assessment of need.

Currently the cost of Private Fees at St. Luke’s Home are €1,375 per week.


Our preferred method of payment is Direct Debit, or a monthly standing order to an agreed value based on the estimated amount to be invoiced each month. Details of our bank will be provided on admission.

Further enquiries should be addressed to Joan Jeffery at St Luke’s Home on 021-4359444.

Health Information Quality Authority

We are registered by the Health Information Quality Authority (HIQA) and are part of the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal). Click here for our HIQA Inspection registration certificate – November 2011.