End of COVID-19 bonus: resources for the disabled fear disappearing

Administrators of community accommodation resources for people with disabilities fear having to close their doors, given the unequal salaries of beneficiary assistants in the health network.

The $ 4 per hour bonus awarded to beneficiary assistants will be permanent throughout the network, except for the nine community residences for the disabled in Quebec.

Without this bonus, attendees will earn between $ 15 and $ 17 per hour in hosting resources compared to what they would earn anywhere else in the health network, that is, between $ 21 and $ 26.

According to the president of the Résidences Entre-Deux en Trois-Rivières, in Mauricie, if wages drop, attendees will inevitably jump ship. “We are already on regular staff rotation,” insisted Julie Durand.

“It is already difficult to hire, to have competent people. How attractive you can be with a salary of $ 15 an hour, ”continued the lady.

The same goes for the CEO of Villa Tournesol in Shawinigan, Sophie Leblanc. “If we eliminate the premium, people will definitely go to the public network or intermediate resources. And there, the resource will be in danger. Personally, I will not be able to do day, afternoon, night and director ”.

Annie-Kim Charest-Talbot has lived in one of these resources for two years. He has gained a lot in autonomy and does not want to return in any way. “I don’t like to think about it, but I sure do pick myself up in a small room in a CHSLD,” he fears.

The administrators are not hiding: if the bond is withdrawn, the residences will close. However, according to Ms. Leblanc’s calculations, even with the extra $ 4, a resident at a community resource costs far less in the state than on the public network.

“This same tenant will cost the health network $ 57,500 compared to $ 89,000 in the health network. We still save $ 31,500 per person. “

If the community residences close, 136 beneficiaries in Quebec will have to take the path of the public system.

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