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Irlanda

General information
Información General
Informations générales
Informazioni generali
Vispārīgā infromācija
Informații generale
Education and work of social carers
Educación y trabajo de cuidadores/as sociales
Formation et conditions de travail des ADV
Formazione e condizioni di lavoro delle assistenti familiari
Aprūpētāju izglītība un darbs
Educația și munca îngrijitorilor la domiciliu
Cuidados de larga duración y situación de los/as trabajadores/as sociales
L'accompagement de longue durée et les ADV
Assistenti familiari e assistenza domiciliare
Ilglaicīgā aprūpe un sociālo darbinieku situācija
Îngrijirea pe termen lung și îngrijitorii la domiciliu
Long-term care and social workers
Social protection system of elderly people in general
Sistema de protección social para las personas mayores en general
Système de protection sociale pour les personnes agées
Il sistema dell'assistenza socio-sanitaria alla popolazione anziana
Vecu cilvēku sociālās aizsardzības sistēma
Sistemul de protecție socială a persoanelor în vârstă, în general
Computer and Internet skills of the general population
Competencias informáticas y de internet de la población general
Maîtrise de l'informatique et d'Internet de la population dans son ensemble
Competenze informatiche e digitali
Vispārējās iedzīvotāju datoru un interneta prasmes
Competențele legate de utilizarea calculatorului și a internetului ale populației în general
  • General information

    Country

     

    Ireland

    Total population

    2012

    4 582 769

    Proportion of population

     

     

    Aged 65-79 years

    2001

    8.6%

     

    2012

    9.0%

    Aged 80 years and more

    2001

    2.5%

     

    2012

    2.9%

    Old-age dependency ratio

     

     

     

    1990

    18.6

     

    2001

    16.6

     

    2012

    17.9

    Old-age dependency ratio projections

    2020

    22.79

     

    2030

    27.59

     

     

     

    Life expectancy at birth, years

    2011

     

    Males

     

    78.3

    Females

     

    82.8

    Life expectancy at age 65, years

    2011

     

    Males

     

    17.9

    Females

     

    20.7

    Healthy life years expectancy at birth

    2011

     

    Males

     

    65.7

    Females

     

    66.8

    Duration of working life, years

    2011

     

    Males

     

    37.8

    Females

     

    30.0

    Employment rate of older workers aged 55 to 64, total

     

    50.0%

     

  • Long-term care and the situation of social workers

    Country

    Ireland

    Long-term care

    Basic principles

    Home Care and Nursing Homes Support Scheme:
    Benefits for long-term care are organised centrally and are operated nationally on the basis of National Guidelines. Long-term care is provided on the basis of universal entitlement, with some elements of social assistance, e.g. the Nursing Homes Support Scheme involves a financial assessment which is used to determine the applicant’s co-payment. Schemes are tax financed and there is also a universal social charge.Both benefits in kind and cash benefits are available.

    Carer's Benefit and Constant Attendance Allowance:

    National compulsory social insurance scheme for all employees with flat-rate cash benefits.

    Carer's Allowance:

    National tax financed scheme for all carers with means-tested flat-rate cash benefits.

    Respite Care Grant:

    National tax financed scheme for all carers regardless of receipt or otherwise of any other support for caring.

    Long-term care

    Field of application

    Home Care and Nursing Home Support Scheme:

    Services are provided on the basis of general eligibility for health services, subject to resources. Voluntary coverage is not available for those not covered in the compulsory system.

    Carer's Benefit:

    Insured employees who care for a minimum of 6 weeks up to a maximum of 2 years.

    Carer's Allowance: Resident carers of ill/incapacitated persons over the age of 16 years of age and children in respect for whom a Domiciliary Care Allowance is payable.

    Respite Care Grant:

    All resident carers providing full time care and attention.

    Organisation of Long-term care

    Informal caregivers and professional providers

    Home Care:

    Home Care Packages can be provided by:

    ·    the Health Service Executive (HSE),

    ·    a voluntary organisation on behalf of the HSE,

    ·    a voluntary organisation or private provider on behalf of the HSE.

    Nursing Homes Support Scheme:

    State support under the scheme is only available to people in designated public and voluntary nursing homes and approved private nursing homes.

    Carer’s Benefit / Carer’s Allowance / Constant Attendance Allowance / Domiciliary Care Allowance / Respite Care Grant:

    These payments are only payable to informal caregivers, to the exclusion of professional providers. Informal caregivers need not be members of the care recipient’s family or relatives.

    Long-term care

    Benefits for the carer

    Carer’s Benefit / Carer’s Allowance / Constant Attendance Allowance / Domiciliary Care Allowance / Respite Care Grant: as outlined above.

    Long-term care

    User charges

    Nursing Homes Support Scheme:

    The financial assessment determines the applicant’s co-payment towards their care. The HSE will pay the balance of the cost of care. The price charged by the private nursing home is agreed in advance with the National Treatment Purchase Fund.

    Carer's Benefit / Constant Attendance Allowance / Carer's Allowance / Domiciliary Care Allowance / Respite Care Grant / Home Care:

    No share borne by the beneficiary.

     

  • Social protection system of elderly people in general

    Country

    Ireland

    GDP at market prices Purchasing Power Standard per inhabitant, 2011

    31 900

    Pension expenditure,  % of GDP, 2010

    4.1%

    Expenditure on care for elderly, % of GDP, 2008

    0.3%

    At-risk-of-poverty rate, age group 65 years or over, 2011

    n/a

    Old-age pensions

    Basic principles

    Compulsory social insurance scheme financed by contributions for the active population (employees and self-employed) with flat-rate benefits.

    Two forms of contributory pension exist in Ireland. State pension (Transition) is payable at age 65 only provided the person is retired from insurable employment. State pension (Contributory) is payable at age 66 to all persons satisfying the contribution conditions (retirement is not a condition for receipt of this pension).

    Recipients of the state pension (transitional) automatically qualify for the state pension (contributory) on reaching age 66.

    Old-age pensions

    Legal retirement age in standard case

    State pension (transitional): 65 years

    State pension (contributory): 66 years

    Financing principles for old-age pensions

    Contributions (employees, employers and self-employed)

    Benefits for older unemployed

    No specific benefit, but longer duration of payment.   

    Financing systems for long-term benefits

    Case of  old-age benefits

    Current income financing (‘pay as you go’)

    Health care

    Basic principles

    Tax-financed health service for all inhabitants (based on residency).

     

    Health care

    Benefits for prosthesis, spectacles, hearing-aids

    Spectacles, hearing-aids: no charge for persons with full eligibility and for children under 6 years of age and national school pupils.

    Limited charges only levied on insured persons who satisfy certain contribution conditions.

     

  • Computer and Internet skills of the general population

    Country

     

    Ireland

    Use of computers

     

     

    Enforced lack of a computer

    2011

     

    One adult 65 years or over. Cannot afford

     

    n/a

     

     

     

    E-skills

    2012

     

    Individuals who have copied or moved a file or folder

     

    62.0%

    Individuals who have used copy or cut and paste tools to duplicate or move information on screen

     

    61.0%

    Individuals who have compressed files

     

    39.0%

     

     

     

    Way of obtaining e-skills

    2011

     

    Individuals who have obtained IT skills through self-study (learning by doing)

     

    38.0%

     

     

     

    Reasons for not having taken a computer course

    2011

     

    Individuals who do not need to take a computer course because their computer skills are sufficient

     

    22.0%

    Individuals who do not need to take a computer course because they rarely use computers

     

    3.0%

     

     

     

    Use of Internet

     

     

    Frequency of Internet access:

    2012

     

    Once a week (including every day)

     

    74.0%

    Daily

     

    58.0%

    Internet used for

    2012

     

    Internet banking

     

    43.0%

    Interaction with public authorities (last 12 months)

     

    49.0%

     

     

     

    Mobile Internet access with portable computer

     

     

    Every day or almost every day 2012

     

    17.0%

     

     

     

    Individuals' level of Internet skills

    2011

     

    Individuals who have used a search engine to find information

     

    69.0%

    Individuals who have sent an email with attached files

     

    63.0%

    Individuals who have posted messages to chat rooms, newsgroups or an online discussion forum

     

    25.0%

    Individuals who have used the Internet to make phone calls

     

    25.0%

    Individuals using the Internet for seeking health-related information

     

    40.0%

     

     

     

    Concern about possible problems related to Internet usage

    2010

     

    Strongly concerned about catching a virus or other computer infection (e.g. worm or Trojan horse) resulting in loss of information or time

     

    13.0%

    Mildly concerned about catching a virus or other computer infection (e.g. worm or Trojan horse) resulting in loss of information or time

     

    14.0%

    Not at all concerned about catching a virus or other computer infection (e.g. worm or Trojan horse) resulting in loss of information or time

     

    43.0%

     

     

     

    Security related problems experienced through using the Internet for private purposes in the last 12 months.

    2010

     

    Caught a virus or other computer infection (e.g. worm or Trojan horse) resulting in loss of information or time

     

    10.0%

    Financial loss as a result of receiving fraudulent messages ('phishing') or getting redirected to fake websites asking for personal information ('pharming')

     

    2.0%

     

     

     

    Activities via Internet not done because of security concerns

    2010

     

    Security concerns kept individual from ordering or buying goods or services for private use

     

    9.0%

    Security concerns kept individual from communicating with public services and administrations

     

    2.0%

     

     

     

    Use and update of IT security software or tool to protect the private computer and data

    2010

     

    Use any kind of IT security software or tool (anti-virus, anti-spam,firewall, etc.) in order to protect private computer and data

     

    56.0%

    Don't use any kind of IT security software or tool (anti-virus, anti-spam, firewall, etc.) in order to protect private computer and data

     

    6.0%

    Don't know if use any kind of IT security software or tool (anti-virus, anti-spam, firewall, etc.) in order to protect private computer and data

     

    5.0%

     

     

     

    Frequency of safety copies or back up files from the computer on any external storage device

    2010

     

    Frequency of safety copies/back up files: always or almost always

     

    16.0%

    Frequency of safety copies/back up files: Never or hardly ever

     

    22.0%