Evicted St. Mary's Villa senior faces another move
The Saskatoon Health Region will pay if the evicted residents of a Humboldt care home need to move again.
Maura Davies, the president and CEO of the Saskatoon Health Region, tells News Talk Radio that they will provide a flat rate of $1,000 for those residents up until March 31, 2013.
The announcement comes after Davies accepted a scathing Ombudsman report condemning their timeline to move 10 seniors out the Humboldt care home, early this year.
Jim Ramsay is the son of Alice Ramsay, one of the evicted St. Mary's Villa seniors. Ramsay says he appreciates that the health region is publically apologizing to all the residents and their families.
His mom - whose chemotherapy treatment was interrupted by the move - is now stressed about another potential move.
The health region agreed to assist the residents with their monthly payments until February. Speaking to News Talk Radio before Davies' announcement, Ramsay said he didn't know what his mom would do after the February payments stopped.
"She is staying in a very expensive seniors' assisted living location in Humboldt that the region relocated her to. Right now, her biggest worry? What does she do in February?" he said.
"Now she's wondering, 'What do I do? Where do I go? Now what?"
Ramsay says the sudden move really shook up his mom.
"She suffered interference in her cancer regime. She suffered loss of memory which is a common thing with stress anxiety," he said.
Ramsay expressed that he hoped the health region would work with the families to help resolve what happens in February.
"So that our parents and our grandparents can stabilize and get on with the lives that they have left. Keep in mind that these are all seniors. The average age was 89. It's not like they are going to be here for 20 years," he said.
Ramsay got his wish on Friday.
"We had hoped to contact them before this but we wanted to work through the details of our proposals and actually consult with the Ombudsman's office because we valued their opinion to be sure that what we were doing was fair and reasonable. They have confirmed that they are quite comfortable with that," said Davies.
The region is working with each resident to deal with any specific concerns they may have.
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