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Support with applying for the NHSS

Where a person is unable to make an application for state support due to ill-health, physical disability or diminished mental capacity, a specified person can act on his/her behalf for Steps 1 and 2 of the application process.

A specified person is: 

  1. In the case of a ward of court, their Committee,
  2. A person appointed under a valid, registered enduring power of attorney who is not restricted from applying for the Scheme,
  3. A care representative appointed under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act,
  4. A person’s spouse or partner,
  5. A relative who is 18 years of age or over,
  6. A next friend appointed by a court,
  7. A legal representative, or
  8. A registered medical practitioner, nurse or social worker. 
University College Dublin (UCD)National Centre for the Protection of Older People (NCPOP)Health Services Executive (HSE)Older People's Empowerment Network (OPEN)
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