It’s moving day at the CHSLD of Sept-Iles. Some 35 seniors left the hospital environment after more than a decade of waiting to live in the brand new wing of the existing residence at a cost of $ 27.6 million.
The ribbon of inauguration was cut less than a week ago by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Gaétan Barrette. Since Monday, the new part of CHSLD is teeming with people. We move the users, the families are not far, the staff settles. Some workmen are in the vicinity for the last details.
“There are volunteers who accompany us. Employees on leave and even some retired are here. Nobody wanted to miss it, “says Anick Bellavance, leader of the senior self-care program. Everyone puts a hand to the move so that the move is smooth.
Here, users are entitled to their private room, a “luxury” that was not possible at the residence Urgel-Pelletier, which was located at the second hospital of Sept-Îles. Elders could even be up to four per room, otherwise it was double occupancy. “We’ll be fine here,” said one of the new residents.
The wing that preserves the name Urgel-Pelletier is contiguous to the Gustave-Gauvreau part, which counts 65 places. The reorganization of the users was also made according to the condition of each one to favor living environments in their image. The proposed expansion of the residence was in cartons since 2004.
The green light for the works was given under the government of Pauline Marois in 2013.