A joint HSE and Prospectus Task Force conducted a national needs assessment of residential care services for older people taking into account current developments such as home care packages, growth in private sector capacity, the geographic spread of demand and supply and other related assumptions. The Task Force were charged with determining how many new beds would be required in order to reach a medium term target of 4% of the over-65 population in long-stay residential care.

Subsequently, a joint HSE and Prospectus Working Group was established to commence the development of detailed implementation proposals based on the Needs Assessment Report. The purpose of this work was to “operationalise” the findings of the Needs Assessment Report for each of the HSE’s 4 Regions and develop implementation proposals, making specific recommendations to address the areas of immediate priority need.