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Residents of care home won't return until June

Impact being felt in facilities throughout city

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Residents of Golden West Centennial Lodge are evacuated May 19 after a break in a water main caused flooding in the facility�s basement.

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melissa tait / winnipeg free press Residents of Golden West Centennial Lodge are evacuated May 19 after a break in a water main caused flooding in the facility�s basement.

Residents of a west Winnipeg personal-care home, shut down since May 19 when a pipe burst flooding its basement, won't get to go home until the end of June.

The repercussions will be felt across the city, creating delays for people waiting in line for a nursing-home placement.

The 116 residents of Golden West Centennial Lodge are being temporarily housed in West Park Manor, Oakview Place and Deer Lodge Centre. Most will remain there until their own building is repaired.

'We have been working with families to try to reunite loved ones where we can'

-- Joyce Kristjansson, executive director of Golden West Centennial Lodge

An undetermined number with high needs, however, will be moved temporarily to other facilities as vacancies become available, said Gina Trinidad, chief operating officer of long-term care with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA).

"There might be some impact to individuals waiting in hospital or others waiting in the community to access personal-care-home beds," she said Thursday.

Of the 116 residents who had to move, about 50 were placed in communal spaces in the three nursing homes that received them.

"The recreational and social programming has been disrupted (in these homes)," said Joyce Kristjansson, Golden West's executive director.

Her staff have been caring for the displaced residents in their temporary homes.

Golden West had to act quickly to find a temporary home for its clients when the water main burst, knocking out the building's electricity. In their haste to move residents to safety, some married couples were placed in different homes.

"We have been working with families to try to reunite loved ones where we can," Kristjansson said.

It took Golden West Centennial Lodge, operated by the Salvation Army in co-operation with the WRHA, more than a week to assess the damage and develop the timeline for the residents' return.

The flood damage was the result of a broken water main on its property on School Road off of Ness Avenue. Not only was the building's electricity knocked out, so were telephones, computer systems and emergency alarm systems reliant upon it.

Meanwhile, the WRHA said Thursday there are now 80 patients in city hospitals waiting for placement in personal-care homes. That's down from 100 late last September but well above the 60 the region has set as its target.

larry.kusch@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 30, 2014 B2

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