Minister for Mental Health and Older People announces further extension of outbreak assistance payment for nursing homes until end of March 2022
17 December 2021
Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD, has announced a further extension of the outbreak assistance payment for private and voluntary nursing homes.
Minister Butler stated that “the payment whichis available to nursing homes experiencing a COVID-19 outbreakwas secured until the end of this year. I am pleased to extend it further to the end of March 2022, recognisingthe ongoing risks presented by COVID-19.”
Minister Butler continued that “as the pandemic has continued, many further support measures for private and voluntary nursing homes have been made available through the State. These include
the provision of PPE on a no-cost basis
the implementation of serial testing
the support and engagement of HSE COVID-19 response teams and public health teams
access to staff from community and acute hospitals, where possible
a suite of focused public health guidance and training resources and
the temporary accommodation scheme for nursing home staff
Many of these will continue to be provided for the foreseeable future. Importantly, serial testing has been reintroduced to all nursing homes for two cycles and commenced on 6th December. The second cycle will begin in early January.
Minister Butler concludedthat “the State has continued to prioritise nursing home residents and staff inits response to COVID-19, including through the successful and early roll-out of the vaccine programme across the sector. This prioritisation is ongoing with the booster programme almost complete among those living in nursing homes”.