Montreal

Laval health board takes over management of private seniors' residence

A private long-term care home in Laval, Résidence Eden, has been taken over by the local health board at the request of the home's owner.

Owner of Résidence Eden says he made the request because so many staff are out sick

The Laval health board took over management at the Résidence Eden Thursday for a period of one year. (Carla Oliveira/Radio-Canada)

The local health authority in Laval has taken over control of Résidence Eden, a private long-term care home in the eastern part of the city.

The CISSS de Laval has confirmed it took over management at the residence Thursday, at the owner's request. 

So far, 84 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 130-bed home. Since the beginning of the crisis, about 30 residents have died. 

Éric Lavoie, the residence's owner, says he made the request for support because many of the staff are out sick, including several managers. 

50 per cent of staff missing at peak of crisis

During a particularly bad period of the crisis, Lavoie said 50 per cent of the employees were absent. He says things are slowly starting to get better.

Résidence Eden delegated management to CISSS de Laval, but retains control over its finances. 

In early April, the health board for Montreal's West Island, the CIUSSS de l'Ouest-de-l'Île, took over at Résidence Herron in Dorval. Staff there said it took days after the CIUSSS intervened for things to improve. 

Long-term care homes and seniors' residences have been the hardest-hit by the pandemic in the province; their residents represent 80 per cent of deaths due to COVID-19 in Quebec. 

The homes were already short-staffed and faced chaos as numerous nurses and patient attendants were absent because of the disease, making it difficult for many CHSLDs to provide the most basic care. 

One emergency room doctor at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital has described how patients are being wheeled into the ER, not sick from COVID-19, but because they are dehydrated and malnourished.

With files from Radio-Canada's Alexis Gacon

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