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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 Scheme was extended by the Minister on 30 June 2020 for a further 3 months and will cease on 30 September 2020. 

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 Extended Assistance Payment Scheme for nursing homes (PDF, 113 KB, 8 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.

Extended Temporary Assistance Payment Scheme for nursing homes application form (PDF, 140 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 €60,000 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.

Extended Standard assistance payment claim form (Excel, 29.6 KB, 1 page)

Extended Outbreak assistance payment claim form (Excel, 20.6 KB, 1 page)

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.

Closing dates for submission of claims (extended scheme)

Standard Assistance Payment Form (formerly Form B) in respect of July 2020 - Friday 14 August 2020

Outbreak Assistance Payment Form (formerly Form C) in respect of July 2020 - Friday 21 August 2020

Standard Assistance Payment Form in respect of August 2020 - Friday 11 September 2020

Outbreak Assistance Payment Form in respect of August 2020 - Monday 21 September 2020

Standard Assistance Payment Form in respect of September 2020 - Friday 9 October 2020

Outbreak Assistance Payment Form in respect of September 2020 - Tuesday 20 October 2020