The P.E.I. government is building a new seniors manor in Souris, but in the meantime it's struggling with renovations to keep the old Colville Manor comfortable.
'We are doing the best we can, and we think [it's] acceptable.' — Jean Fallis, home administrator
Lori Fitzpatrick, whose mother lives in the home, said Thursday not much has changed in the year and a half since she first told CBC News about the dilapidated state of Colville Manor.
"Clearly the facility is really inadequate. It's not what they deserve at this stage in their lives," said Fitzpatrick.
She said all the talk is about the new facility, but her elderly mother may not live to see it built.
Through the last few months her mother and other residents have had to put up with some record breaking temperatures with no air conditioning. In the winter there's not enough heat. Pipes freeze and water leaks through the ceiling.
Eighteen months ago then health minister Doug Currie promised to fix these problems, and the manor has spent $52,000 on renovations, well over its $34,000 budget.
Insulation has been added to the pipes, along with other minor repairs to the 40-year-old building. Home administrator Jean Fallis expects this winter to be better.
"It's not an ideal building, but that doesn't mean this is a comfortable place for people to live now," said Fallis.
"We are doing the best we can, and we think [it's] acceptable in the interim until we go to a new building."
Fitzpatrick said the old building isn't the only problem. The facility is overcrowded, she said. There are often four people to a room and still a waiting list to get in. Staff have complained to her they're overworked.
"There's not enough staff to cover the needs and demands of the patients," said Fitzpatrick.
"It just makes it frustrating for the people who work there."
Cecil Villard, executive director of long-term care for the province, said there will be a slight increase in staff at the new manor. Five new registered care workers will be hired, but two and a half RN positions will be lost.
"We're very comfortable with our staffing, because it is based on a national formula," said Villard.
The new Colville Manor is due to open in the fall of 2011.