Corona creates vacancy in nursing homes: 9,000 beds available – Belgium

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About 9,000 beds are vacant in Flemish residential care centers. At the end of June, the occupancy rate had fallen below 90 percent, De Tijd writes on Saturday. The extra vacancy due to corona costs the government 122 million euros.

Half of the vacancy is a result of corona. There was a recording stop from March 14 to June 8 to avoid additional infections. This led to an additional 5.39 percent vacancy, according to the figures of De Tijd.

The Flemish government has committed to compensate residential care centers for such vacancy. ‘In this way, we give the institutions ample room to focus on the fight against corona and the well-being of the residents,’ says Flemish Minister of Welfare Wouter Beke (CD&V). According to the latest budgeting, that invoice amounts to 122 million euros.

Many institutions would run into financial difficulties without aid. This aid will be reduced from 1 October and abolished from the end of this year. This is a challenge for many residential care centers. In most regions there is an overcapacity. Vacancy was already 5.58 percent for Corona last year.

Half of the vacancy is a result of corona. There was a recording stop from March 14 to June 8 to avoid additional infections. This led to an additional 5.39 percent vacancy, according to the figures of De Tijd. The Flemish government has committed to compensate residential care centers for such vacancy. ‘In this way, we give the institutions ample room to focus on the fight against corona and the well-being of the residents,’ says Flemish Minister of Welfare Wouter Beke (CD&V). According to the latest budgeting, that invoice amounts to 122 million euros. Many institutions would run into financial difficulties without aid. This aid will be reduced from 1 October and abolished from the end of this year. This is a challenge for many residential care centers. In most regions there is an overcapacity. Vacancy was already 5.58 percent for Corona last year.

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