The wait for a place in a CHSLD reaches a peak of 3,864 people

At the end of April, 336 people were on the waiting list in Laval, which has seen one of the largest increases in Quebec in recent years.

It must be said that the population is aging and that some private CHSLDs have closed their doors or have not been able to renew their contract with the CISSS de Laval.

The opening of the new CHSLD Val-des-Brises as well as the construction of two seniors’ homes with 96 and 72 beds will correct the situation somewhat, underlines Marie-France Dubois, assistant director of the support for personal autonomy department. elderly for accommodation at the CISSS de Laval.

In front of a room in a CHSLD.

Marie-France Dubois, assistant director of the support for the autonomy of the elderly department for accommodation at the CISSS de Laval

Photo: Radio-Canada

Nevertheless, Pierre Lynch, president of the Users’ Committee of the CSSS de Laval, believes that despite all these initiatives, we will have to see to adding a hundred beds, if not more, to ensure that people waiting get a place as soon as possible.

During the 2018 election campaign, the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) made housing for seniors a central theme of its program.

The seniors’ homes were the one generation projectsaid François Legault, while his candidate Marguerite Blais recalled the party’s intention to put an end to waiting lists in CHSLDs.

However, according to a compilation by Radio-Canada, since the CAQ came to power in October 2018, the number of people waiting for a place in a CHSLD has increased by 40%. There are now 3,864 people waiting across Quebec, or 1,098 people more than four years ago. Never seen.

In the March 2022 budget documents, the Treasury Board specifies that 2,600 places will be delivered to seniors’ homes by September 2022.

A CHSLD with 242 places in Laval

For the past few weeks, life has moved to the new CHSLD Val-des-Brises in Laval. This brand new public establishment will welcome more than 240 residents by the fall.

During our visit, Suzan Carignan accompanied her mother, who recently moved with several other residents of the private CHSLD Villa Val des Arbres.

They took into consideration the friendships she had […] Many faces among the staff are the sameshe explains.

Suzan Carignan and her mother Gladys Leclair at CHSLD Val-des-Brises.

Suzan Carignan and her mother Gladys Leclair at CHSLD Val-des-Brises

Photo: Radio-Canada

A nurse by trade, Ms. Carignan points out that her mother likes to get up at different times. It’s wonderful, we allow residents to sleep, wake up at the time they want!she points out.

A way of doing things that is in line with the Action Plan for Long-Term Accommodation 2021-2026 recently unveiled by the Minister responsible for Seniors and Caregivers, Marguerite Blais.

A targeted clientele

Many residents who will be housed in the new CHSLD will have an environment favorable to those who suffer from neurocognitive disorders.

The old CHSLDs built several decades ago were designed according to a more hospitable model with large corridors, while here, we are in a more circular approach with living spaces where we can wander, which is normal for the type of clientele with cognitive impairmentsays Marie-France Dubois of the CISSS de Laval.

Ghislain Gagné, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, is moving from the CHSLD Sainte-Dorothée to the new CHSLD Val-des-Brises.

It’s a very hectic last day! And for me and for him, because here we are going to a new place, to the unknownexplains his spouse Lisette Gagnon. We hope for the best.

The manager of the CHSLD Val-des-Brises, Lucie Germain, did not hide her enthusiasm to participate in the launch of this new living environment.

We know that bringing people to live in these normalizing spaces, like at home, helps memory, helps maintain autonomyrecalls Ms. Germain.

Several family rooms will be made available to families and caregivers, says the manager.

A room in a CHSLD

The report by Davide Gentile

Photo: Radio-Canada

The labor challenge

The opening of a new CHSLD and seniors’ homes in 2022 will require the hiring of thousands of employees.

At the Federation of Health and Social Services (FSSS-CSN), a spokesperson points out that the increased number of human resources that it will take to operate the seniors’ homes will increase the pressure in other areas by draining staff.

But, he laments, we have no indication of the means that the government wants to take to recruit the necessary personnel.

It will also be necessary to take into account the shortage of manpower which risks turning everything upside down.adds Pierre Lynch, president of the Quebec Association for the Defense of the Rights of Retired and Pre-Retired Persons (AQDR).

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