Lack of beds means Golden Links seniors sleeping in sunrooms

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.

Damage to St. Vital nursing home's basement not yet known after flooding

Eighty-six residents of the Golden Links Lodge personal care home in Winnipeg have been forced out by flooding in the basement, but a lack of beds in the city means many of the displaced residents are sleeping in sunrooms and other shared areas in other care homes. 2:35

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. 

Staff move items out of Golden Links Lodge in St. Vital Sunday after the basement flooded. The 86 residents have been moved to other personal care homes where a lack of available rooms has the residents sleeping in common areas. (Wendy Buelow/CBC)
But she said the residents are not in private rooms. 

"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.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's Lori Lamont helped Sunday as staff at Golden Links Lodge moved items out of the residence after the basement flooded, forcing the evacuation of the building. (Wendy Buelow/CBC)
"It's just difficult for the residents as they are not in their private homes and their private rooms," he said.

"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.


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