COVID-19: $ 133 million from Quebec to institutions caring for seniors
The Government of Quebec announced Monday the granting of emergency assistance of $ 133 million to institutions that house or welcome seniors or clients with specific needs, in order to help them cope with the pandemic of COVID-19.
D imanche during his daily press conference, Prime Minister François Legault said the government intended to add a lot of resources in nursing homes and homes for the elderly, seniors are most likely to catch the new coronavirus.
The Minister responsible for Seniors and Caregivers, Marguerite Blais, specifies that more than half of this amount, $ 73 million, will be paid to intermediate resources and family-type resources.
An amount of $ 40 million will be given to private residences for certified seniors, while $ 20 million will be devoted to private non-contracted CHSLDs.
Minister Blais believes that these amounts of money will allow accommodation resources to deal with their human resources issues, for example the payment of overtime for employees and the hiring of additional staff.
Minister Blais also believes that the money will allow the supply of protective and disinfection equipment to ensure the safety and health of those housed.
Prime Minister Legault said on Sunday that staff, people who deliver food and the residents themselves, with supervision, enter and leave residences. He noted the importance of having more control, including checking for symptoms of the disease at the entrance.