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The FADOQ Network applauds the announcement personalized allocations for RPAs

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Patrice St-Pierre is the general director of FADOQ in Saguenay- Lac-Saint-Jean.

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The general director for the FADOQ Network in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Patrice St-Pierre, is delighted with the announcement from the Quebec government to offer a personalized allowance program for seniors' residences.

RPAs with a maximum of 30 housing units and offering personal assistance or nursing care services will be able to benefit from the allowance, whether they are for-profit or not. Nearly half will be entitled to it in Quebec.

Yeah, it's obvious that it's a step in the right direction, that, that is also in line with the representations that we have made to government authorities, in particular to the minister, underlined, in an interview with Téléjournal Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, the general director of Réseau FADOQ in the region.

Then basically, we are talking about the last 10 years, but if we look at the last 25 years, there is a massacre in terms of residences of 30 units and less, he continued.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">In his opinion, although the announcement concerns residences of 30 units and less, tenants of all RPAs will benefit from this new allocation determined according to an hourly rate for each type of care.

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The control mechanisms that the government will put in place will ensure that the money goes directly to the people. The good thing is. We must remember that within the project today, we have an impact on residences of 30 and under, but we will also have a broader impact because for the first time, we will going to standardize what a service costs, which we did not have in the past in particular, explained Patrice St-Pierre.

Patrice St- Pierre cites the distribution of medicines as an example. Some RPAs might charge $50, while others might charge up to $150 for this service.

We will come and provide better supervision. Then we will also have an effect on prices not only for residences of 30 and under, but for all residences. But above all, we will ensure a certain survival or breathe new life into small residences which need to remain in rural areas particularly, he added.

While he welcomes this initiative, Patrice St-Pierre hopes that other envelopes will be announced in the future.

The rise inflation means that most seniors who live on simple government benefits cannot necessarily afford to live in a private seniors' residence in Quebec, recalled the general director of Réseau FADOQ.

With information from Mélanie Patry

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