Lack of beds means Golden Links seniors sleeping in sunrooms
Damage to St. Vital nursing home's basement not yet known after flooding
A shortage of vacant beds at Winnipeg personal care homes means the 86 residents forced out of Golden Links Lodge early Sunday morning are sleeping in common areas in other care homes.
The basement of Golden Links Lodge flooded and emergency officials evacuated the building around 3 a.m. Sunday.
Lori Lamont of the Winnipeg Regional health Authority (WRHA) said some residents had to be moved a second time, from Vista Park Lodge to Actionmarguerite in St. Boniface, because of a lack of space.
"No," she said. "They're going into large communal areas. We don't have any vacant space right now. So we're setting them up in solariums or multi-purpose rooms."
Lamont said many of the Golden Links residents are in wheelchairs and require a high level of care. She said staff have gone with them.
"Staff are doing a good job and families have been in and are assisting us," she said. "We will do our best to provide privacy to them."
Charles Gagné, chief executive officer of Actionmarguerite, said the displaced residents have staying at his St. Boniface and St. Vital locations and coping as best they can with the lack of space.
"But with private screens and the dignity that we try to ensure … they at least feel safe and welcome, and I think families recognize that."
The WRHA says it's trying to make more long-term arrangements for the affected residents.
"We plan for the short term, so in our mind we're looking at the next four or five days," Gagné said.
"As [with the] WRHA, we're confident we'll find an alternative site in order to accommodate these residents more permanently."
Gagné said while space is tight, Actionmarguerite can make room for the Golden Links residents to stay longer if necessary.
There was still no word Monday on when the Golden Links Lodge residents will be able to return home, as officials are still trying to determine what caused the basement to flood.
As of Monday afternoon, at least 80 truckloads of water have been pumped out and there's still water in the basement, according to the health authority.
Lamont said it's not known how long it will take to assess the damage and make repairs.