Care in your community

Community care services
Public health services in Ireland delivered in the community are called community care services. Overview of services and links to other sections of this site.

Home help service
Home help services usually assist people to remain in their own home and to avoid going in to long-term care.

Occupational therapy services
Occupational therapy services in Ireland are designed to help people with disabilities achieve the maximum degree of independence in ordinary living.

Physiotherapy services
Physiotherapy services may be provided through the public health service, and are also available privately.

Public health nurses
Public health nurses are employed by Health Service Executive (HSE) Areas to provide a range of health care services in the community.

Social work services
Social work services are provided through the public health services. The Health Service Executive (HSE) is obliged to provide certain social work services. Find out more.

Speech and language therapy services
Speech and language therapy services are available through the public health service. How services are delivered and how to apply.

Dietitians
Dietitians are health professionals who give advice and information on all aspects of nutrition and diet.

Chiropody services
Chiropodists/podiatrists assess, diagnose and treat diseases and abnormalities of the foot. Some Local Health Offices provide chiropody services to certain eligible people.