Covid-19 Temporary Assistance Payment Scheme for nursing homes extended until September
The scheme had been scheduled to end today.
New Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced today (30 June) that the Temporary Assistance Payment Scheme - which provides support payments to applicant nursing homes - has been extended to cover July, August and September. The original run of the scheme encompassed the last three months.
Speaking today, Minister Donnelly said: "While great strides have been made in the response to COVID-19, including further suppression of the virus in the community, I believe we must continue to provide support to nursing homes and contribute towards their continued planning, preparedness and response to COVID-19.
"Therefore, I am pleased to announce that I am extending the Temporary Assistance Payment Scheme (TAPS) for 3 months, until the end of September."
The payment caps under the extended Scheme (July, August and September) are calculated as follows:
- €600 per resident per month for the first 40 residents
- €300 per resident per month for the next 40 residents
- €150 per resident per month for each subsequent resident
At the end of May, 900 nursing home residents had died due to Covid-19, a figure that would still represent over half of all Irish deaths by the end of July.