Government increases per diems to memory care homes

The first of three annual increases for per diems to memory care homes has been applied in New Brunswick.

The per diem will raise rates to $135 from $127.42 per resident, retroactive to April 1st, with a $2.1 million investment from government.

The province says this will allow operators to increase salaries for workers by $1 an hour.

The second and third increases will take place on April 1, 2019, and April 1, 2020, at which time per diems will be increased to $142.50 and $150, respectively.

Monique Corbett, director of care at Paradise Villa in Fredericton, says in a release, "We thank the Province of New Brunswick for formally recognizing the need to invest in personal support workers and validating their considerable contribution to the lives of those on their dementia journey."