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

The Minister for Health has approved a further extension of the outbreak assistance scheme up to 31 December  2022. The Temporary Assistance Scheme provides support to private and voluntary nursing homes with additional costs due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Standard Assistance Payment element of the Scheme ceased from 1 July 2021. 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 further extended COVID-19 Temporary Assistance Payment Scheme (PDF,36 KB, 5 pages)

About the scheme

The COVID-19 Temporary Assistance Payment Scheme consists of an Outbreak Assistance Payment.

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

The maximum level of financial support under the Scheme is calculated by reference to the average number of residents in the Nursing Home in the month preceding the month to which the claim relates.

The maximum amount that can be paid to a Nursing Home experiencing a verified outbreak is €1,800 per resident, subject to a maximum of €33,000. These amounts apply for Outbreak Assistance Payments from 1st July 2022.

Applicants should read and understand the 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.

Certification Report to accompany Form C (PDF, 39.6 MB, 3 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.