Health and Community Services
September 1, 2017

Provincial Government Increases Personal Care Home Subsidies

Effective today (Friday, September 1), the Provincial Government will increase the base monthly subsidy rate it provides to personal care home operators by $80 for each subsidized resident. This increase brings the total monthly subsidy up to $2,375 per person. It is the third increase in three years for a total additional investment of $16.3 million.

The monthly subsidy covers the cost of care and accommodations for individuals who require assistance with the activities of daily living. The reason for the increases reflects the rising costs of providing quality care in personal care homes.

After a successful pilot project, Enhanced Care in Personal Care Homes was introduced as a permanent care option in October 2016. This care option allows the needs of individuals to be met in their home community, postponing or avoiding moving to a long-term care home. Uptake of the program has been growing with 36 personal care homes licensed to provide enhanced care and more than 90 residents availing of this option.

More than 3,200 seniors and older adults live in personal care homes in communities across the province. The Way Forward outlines the Provincial Government’s commitment to expand the role of personal care homes and to implement the Home Support Action Plan. These commitments will modernize service delivery and focus on a more client-centred approach.

“Our government is committed to ensuring high quality care for seniors and those with special care needs. This increase will help operators to continue to provide these services and accommodations in communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

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Emily Timmins
Health and Community Services
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