The Nursing Home Support Scheme was introduced in 2009 to help persons to pay for their long- term care in Nursing Homes when they require it. The scheme is open to anyone who is resident in Ireland for a minimum for 12 months. Under the Nursing Home Support Scheme, you will be required to make a percentage contribution towards your cost of care determined by your income and assets and the state will pay the balance if applicable. Funding provided under the Nursing Home Support Scheme is available for public and private Nursing Homes. The applicant can pick the Nursing Home of their choice and location subject to rooms being available at the time.