Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Seniors Say Bedlam at Saskatchewan Care Home as Dementia Patients Wander

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Seniors Say Bedlam at Saskatchewan Care Home as Dementia Patients Wander

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Seniors say bedlam at Saskatchewan care home

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REGINA - Some residents at a seniors home in Saskatchewan say there is bedlam at the facility because people with dementia are wandering around unsupervised and there isn't enough staff to help.

Jim Lawrence, who lives in the Ross Payant care home in Assiniboia, says residents with dementia are barging into his room, sometimes late at night.

In a video supplied by the Opposition NDP, Lawrence says one aggressive person with dementia nearly knocked him out of his wheelchair and another urinated in porridge in the dining room.

"I didn't come in here to be abused and pushed around," says Lawrence.

Lawrence says the problem is that there isn't enough staff to keep the doors closed at the facility's special dementia unit.

"That's the newest part of this building and it's really nice down there," says Lawrence. "They've got absolutely everything they need down there and they don't know where they belong anymore (when wandering) and that's our biggest problem. …

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