Rónán says: “Respect for the role and contribution of older persons is vital for a healthy society. In the Seanad, I have tabled amendments to Broadcasting and Nursing Homes legislation to address the needs of older persons.
Many older persons need the support of hospice care at the end-of-life. Most people would prefer to die at home in the presence of loved ones rather than in hospitals. Where hospital is inevitable at end-of-life, dying persons and their loved ones deserve an environment where their dignity, privacy and specific needs are respected.
I have backed the work of the hospice movement and lobbied for more hospice-friendly hospital care. I have called for better State support to ensure consistent availability of hospice care no matter where people live in our country.
In the last year, I pressed the Taoiseach repeatedly to honour his promise to support and resource Galway hospice.
My commitment to you:
I will work toward a national strategy on Ageing with Dignity which guides our policies, including:
More rural transport: it is a scandal that rural transport programmes have been cut back. I will work to expand the Rural Transport Scheme using EU funding under the EU Social Fund.
Greater Garda presence in our communities – we must not close Garda Stations and leave older and isolated persons feeling vulnerable.
More nursing homes supports and assistance for older people who wish to remain living at home.
Tougher sentences for incidents of abuse and crime against older people.”