Fair Deal / Nursing Home Support Scheme (NHSS)

Do you need to find out more about the Nursing Home Support Scheme (NHSS), known as Fair Deal?

Are you a staff member involved in supporting patients or their families who wish to apply for Fair Deal?

Fair Deal provides financial support for people who need long-term residential care. The person who requires long term care pays part of the nursing home fee and the HSE pays the balance.

A range of information for the public and for staff is available on the Fair Deal website. The site has accurate, up to date information in plain English about:


  • how the scheme works,
  • who can apply,
  • what someone’s financial contribution might be,
  • the list of approved HSE, private and voluntary nursing homes etc.


The Fair Deal application form can be filled in online and downloaded from hse.ie/services/fair-deal-scheme


The Fair Deal application form is complex but staff are available to support people through the process in local Nursing Home Support Offices.

You can also live chat or ring @hselive, (8am – 8pm Monday to Friday) and (10am – 5pm on Saturdays) on 1850 24 1850 or 041 6850300.