Long-stay Contributions in Residential Services

A long-stay contribution is a payment towards your maintenance and accommodation costs in certain HSE or HSE-funded residential settings.
Previously this charge was called a Long-Stay Charge, but since January 2017 it is now called a Long-Stay Contribution.

The contribution applies to residential accommodation in the disability or mental health sectors and to convalescent homes, hospitals (while not receiving acute care) and nursing homes (including older people’s units but excluding nursing home services supported under the Fair Deal Scheme).
There are three types of Contribution.

Category A is where there is a nurse in the building 24 hours a day.

Category B is where there is a nurse in the building for less than 24 hours a day.

Category C is where there is no nurse in the building for the 24 hours a day.

Amounts Charged

The amount you pay each week is decided based on the category of accommodation, your weekly assessed income, and your essential needs. The service will carry out an individual assessment to decide how much you pay. There is a limit to how much you will be asked to contribute and a guarantee you will have a certain amount of money left each week to spend as you choose. See the links below for more information on how your income will be assessed and the amount you pay will be decided by the service.

Maximum you will pay - Minimum you will have for yourself

  • Category A – Maximum contribution €179.00 every week (where your weekly income is €223 or more). You will have a minimum of €44 left for your personal use.
  • Category B – Maximum contribution €134.00 every week (where your weekly income is €209 or more). You will have a minimum of €75 left for your personal use.
  • Category C – Maximum contribution €74.00 every week (where your weekly income is €203 or more). You will have a minimum of €129 left for your personal use.

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