Temporary Assistance Payment Scheme for nursing homes (COVID-19)

The Minister for Health announced a €72.5m Temporary Assistance Scheme to support private and voluntary nursing homes with additional costs due to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The HSE administers the Scheme and makes payments to the Nursing Homes. the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) will administer the application process and provides support and advice to the HSE.

Guide to the Temporary Assistance Payment Scheme for nursing homes (PDF, 126 KB, 11 pages)

Apply for the scheme

Sign and complete an application form to apply for the scheme. The application form must be signed by an authorised person on behalf of the nursing home and sent to covid19support@ntpf.ie.

Temporary Assistance Payment Scheme for nursing homes application form (PDF, 130 KB, 9 pages)

About the scheme

The Scheme consists of a Standard Assistance Payment and an Outbreak Assistance Payment.

The Standard Assistance Payment consists of a  Prospective Standard Assistance Payment and a Retrospective Reconciliation, based on actual costs incurred.

There is a monthly cap for the Standard Assistance Payment.  It is calculated on the basis of the average number of residents in the Nursing Home two months prior to the month to which the claim relates. A sliding scale is applied, gradually reducing with the number of residents.

To qualify for the Outbreak Assistance Payment, the Nursing Home Covid-19 outbreak must be confirmed by Public Health and notified to the Health Protection and Surveillance Centre (HPSC)

There is also an overall monthly cap on the maximum amount that can be paid to each Nursing Home under the Scheme (combined total of standard assistance payment and outbreak assistance payment).

This monthly limit is whichever of these is less -  either twice the standard assistance payment cap for the month or the amount of €75,000 per month.

Applicants should read and understand the Application Form, Scheme Procedures document   (a guide to the scheme) and relevant claim forms carefully prior to submitting an application for funding. 

Types of assistance available

To make a claim download and complete the Application Form and complete the relevant form, below.

Standard assistance payment claim - Form A (Excel, 21 KB, 1 page)

Standard assistance payment claim - Form B (EXcel, 29 KB, 2 pages)

Outbreak assistance payment claim - Form C (Excel, 20.4 KB, 1 page)

Certification Report to accompany Form C (PDF, 33.6 MB, 2 pages)

The certification report must be fully completed and submitted as part of a claim for Outbreak Assistance Payment.

It is an independent report on costs declared under the Outbreak Assistance Payment Form C.

Closing dates for submission of claims

Retrospective Standard Assistance Reconciliation (Form B) in respect of April 2020 - Friday 5 June 2020.

Prospective Standard Assistance Reconciliation (Form A) in respect of May 2020 - Friday 5 June 2020.

Outbreak Assistance Payment (Form C) in respect of April 2020 - Friday 12 June.

Retrospective Standard Assistance Reconciliation (Form B) in respect of May 2020 - Friday 19 June

Prospective Standard Assistance Reconciliation (Form A) in respect of June 2020 - Friday 19 June.

Outbreak Assistance Payment (Form C) in respect of May 2020 - Tuesday 30 June 2020.

Retrospective Standard Assistance Reconciliation (Form B) in respect of June 2020 - Wednesday 15 July.

Outbreak Assistance Payment (Form C) in respect of June 2020 - Friday 31 July.