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first_img“Building on the quality of care we already provide, we have identified some practices around how to improve the quality of care for clients with dementia,” said Rowe. “We have developed educational opportunities and supported staff to participate in learning, and we have also encouraged and supported our clinical nurse educators to receive resources around dementia care and introduce those into our facilities as well.”Equipment such as specialised beds, mattresses, falls-prevention equipment, and bedside tables and chairs will be purchased with a portion of the funding, and recreational, occupational and physiotherapy services will also be enhanced. The funding will also be used towards the introduction of electronic care planning to improve coordination and information-sharing between physicians and all members of the team responsible for looking after seniors in residential care.Rowe said the rate increases are expected to generate ongoing revenue that will be invested back directly into improved residential care.Under the new residential care rate structure, clients now pay up to 80 per cent of their after-tax income towards room and board, as long as they are left with at least $275 a month for personal expenses. Approximately 25 per cent of clients – those with the lowest incomes – saw a reduction in their rates in February, 2010, resulting in an annual savings of up to $540 a year, while 75 per cent saw an increase. Rates now range from $894 a month to a maximum of $2,932 a month.Advertisement The government maintains the new rate structure is fairer to lower-income clients, and that residential care rates in public facilities are still much less expensive than rates in private facilities. Northern Health reports it will continue to invest the balance of $2.9 million in funding generated by a new rate structure for residential care clients into its 23 residential care facilities in northern British Columbia this year.The provincial government introduced rate increases in 2009 that were phased in over two years, and were expected to generate around $53.7 million in additional revenue for health authorities to invest in improved care. The second half of that increase came into effect at the beginning of this year, and Northern Health will continue to invest the money generated by those rate changes into areas such as increased staffing, educational and training opportunities for staff, equipment and improved client services, said Tim Rowe, executive lead for the elder population for the health authority.- Advertisement -“In some way, all of the facilities will benefit from this $2.9 million, and will benefit in a variety of ways,” he said.Part of that funding was used to increase the level of direct care staffing in special care units, such as increased time for Residential Care Aides.”We looked at the region as a whole to decide which of the areas needed enhancements in their staffing levels,” said Rowe. “We did an analysis of where the greatest need was to increase those levels.”Funding will also be directed to education and learning opportunities for employees caring for seniors, with a special focus on care for clients with dementia.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Council is inviting submissions from members of the public on proposals to vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2017.The Council is keen to hear the views and opinions on any proposal to vary the rate of Local Property Tax and in particular, on the potential effects on households, individuals, businesses and indeed on Council services.Local Property Tax is an annual tax charged on all residential properties in Ireland and came into effect in 2013. In accordance with the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 as amended, local authorities may vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax within it’s own area by a maximum of 15%. This means that Donegal County Council can either increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2017 by a maximum of 15% of the 2016 rate.For example, if a house is valued under €100,000, the Local Property Tax in 2016 would have been €90. If the Local Property Tax rate is increased by 15%, this house owner will pay €103.50 in 2017 and if the Local Property Tax rate is reduced by 15%, then this house owner will pay €76.50 in 2017 and so on.The money collected under the Local Property Tax contributes towards the cost of providing a range of local Council services including libraries, public lighting, road maintenance, housing services, fire services, dealing with illegal dumping and littering, community initiatives, beach management and tourism development initiatives.An adjustment in the rate of Local Property Tax will have an impact on the Councils capacity to deliver these services. For instance, if the rate is reduced and if funding is not available to replace this reduction, then the income available to the Council will be reduced which will in turn limit the range and extent of services and supports that can be provided in 2017. If the rate is increased then an increased level of income available to the Council will increase the capacity to deliver services and supports in 2017.Having considered a range of issues, the Council could also decide not to vary the rate and to the leave the rate the same as in 2016.Donegal County Council is keen to hear the views and opinions on any proposal to increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2017. In particular, the Council would like to find out more about the potential effects of varying the basic rate of Local Property Tax on households, on individuals, on businesses and indeed on Council services.Further information, including a list of frequently asked questions is available on www.donegalcoco.ie .The deadline date for all submissions is the 19th August 2016 and submissions should be made in writing and emailed to [email protected] or posted to Donegal County Council, LPT Submissions, County House, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Feedback from the public will be considered by the elected members of Donegal County Council as part of the decision making process at a meeting in late September 2016 when a final decision will be made on varying the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal.WANT TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON RATE OF LOCAL PROPERTY TAX IN DONEGAL? was last modified: July 12th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:county councildonegalproperty taxlast_img read more