Haven to psychiatric patients in C.B.S. may close
An owner of a community care home in Conception Bay South says she may have to close her doors next month, displacing 11 people with mental illness.
The Coates Boarding House, which is in the in Upper Gullies neighbourhood, is one of 14 homes that takes in psychiatric patients from Eastern Health.
But co-owner Diane Fagan said the business will have to close in May unless its finances change dramatically.
In an interview, she said she has been going into debt to keep the business afloat.
"Right now, I can't even afford to make payroll," Fagan told CBC News.
"I'm working 24 hours around the clock and I'm just getting burnt out."
The home employs seven people to care for the residents, some of whom have lived there for more than a decade.
The home is paid about $2,000 per patient per month, but about half of the home's beds are empty.
Help sought from province
She said she has gone to the provincial government for aid.
"I kind of hope that they'll fill my beds and give me enough money to stay open," she said.
"We are a valuable asset to Eastern Health. We love these residents."
Most of the people at the home have schizophrenia.
Fagan said other homes have vacancies, but she does not know if they can accommodate her residents if the business closes.
"I'm absolutely hoping that they are going to take my residents but my residents are known to be challenging, and they might not be able to be placed in other homes."