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Families alarmed over B.C. nursing home's double-bunking plan

Elderly residents have to share small rooms or move out during construction

Families of some residents of a B.C. nursing home are fighting the owner's plan to double-bunk the frail and vulnerable seniors in small rooms, amid fears the move could seriously affect their health.

"My worst fear is her system will be compromised and she could possibly die much sooner than she might otherwise do," said Bruce Ganton, whose 93-year-old mother lives in the home. "We're treating our elderly people like cordwood."

Valley Haven Guest Home in Chilliwack is privately owned, but most of the residents' fees are subsidized with provincial tax dollars. Owner John Jansen is moving all of the home's 50 residents into rooms at one end of the building for up to two years so he can construct a new facility on the site. Many residents are more than 90 years old.

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