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Québec announces a personalized allocation to RPA

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The allocation aims to reduce the cost of services received by “residents experiencing a very serious loss of autonomy,” explained the Minister responsible for Seniors, Sonia Bélanger.

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Quebec will deploy a personalized allowance program for private seniors’ residences (RPA). With this sum totaling $200 million over five years, the government hopes to curb the wave of closures affecting the province.

This fixed monthly allowance aims to reduce the cost of services for residents with a serious loss of autonomy who no longer have the means to pay for care, in order to avoid their transfer to a nursing home. x27;accommodation and long-term care (CHSLD), declared the Minister responsible for Seniors, Sonia Bélanger, on Tuesday.

It will be allocated according to residents’ needs, according to an hourly rate determined for each type of care. This funding represents an average of $20,000 per resident per year. Around 2,100 people are potentially eligible.

RPAs, for-profit or not, which have a maximum of 30 housing units and which offer personal assistance or nursing care services will be able to benefit from the allowance. Nearly 650 of the 1,413 RPAs in Quebec will be entitled to it. As soon as the program is deployed, scheduled for June 2024, the benefit will be paid to them after an evaluation of the CISSS and CIUSSS, assured the minister.

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The allowance, put in place with the collaboration of the Regroupement québécois des Résidences pour Agières (RQRA) and the Réseau québécois des OSBL d'habitation (RQOH), does not attack the price of rents, but it could still ease the financial burden on residents. They must in fact pay for the services they receive, such as baths or help with bedtime. To ensure that these benefits truly benefit RPA residents, Minister Bélanger intends to trust the legal framework.

The spokesperson for Québec solidaire for seniors, Christine Labrie, sees this program as wishful thinking on the part of the minister, who continues to invest in the wrong business model. It should be offered strictly to non-profit RPAs and private RPAs should be converted into non-profits, she suggests in a press release.

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The director of the RQOH, André Castonguay, for his part said he is confident that the announced measure will help stabilize the situation of RPAs, especially the smallest. He considers that it is a good first step which, we can only hope, will be extended to all community RPAs which provide services and to all their residents.

Profitability problems, labor shortages as well as rising interest rates and prices of materials and equipment are undermining Quebec's RPAs, whose openings no longer make up for the closures. Over the past five years, more than 500 of them have closed their doors.

These closures force residents to change their living environment and lose their social circle, which constitutes significant stress for these people and their loved ones.

For the CEO of the RQRA, Marc Fortin, part of the blame is to be placed on the regulations forcing all RPAs to equip themselves with sprinklers. RPA owners have until December 2 to comply. The significant burden of installing sprinklers could force several hundred small RPAs to go out of business, according to Mr. Fortin.

This funding will help stop the hemorrhage of RPA closures, particularly outside major centers and in remote regions, said the president of the FADOQ Network, Gisèle Tassé-Goodman. We had to act to support them before it was too late.

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