A man who suffered brain injuries that left him with no short-term memory has been placed at a rehabilitation centre after spending more than a week at the Emergency Department of the Halifax Infirmary.
Theresa Kersey brought her brother, David Lecky, to the hospital because she said she could no longer safely care for him at home. After two serious head injuries, Lecky was left with no short-term memory.
Lecky spent eight nights in a locked room at the Emergency Department at the Halifax Infirmary building before he was approved for a space late last week at the Quest Regional Rehabilitation Centre in Lower Sackville.
Kersey said she's relieved her brother is out of the Emergency Department and said he's adjusting to life in the Quest facility.
The Beaver Bank woman had tried to care for Lecky following his eight months in a rehabilitation centre, but when he was left alone he urinated off the porch, burned her books and twice flooded the home with propane.
"I feel really badly for him," said Leona Burkey, the executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia.
Burkey said people with brain injuries seem to fall between the responsibilities of the Department of Health and Wellness and the Department of Community Services.
The province's health department said it recognizes there's a need for more services for people with acquired brain injuries. Officials say they're working with various partners, including the Brain Injury Association, to try to figure out what those services might be.
The province's Department of Community Services could not give an estimate on the wait times for patients with brain injuries waiting to enter care facilities.
The brain injury community said the wait can sometimes be weeks or even months.