The dispute between Groupe Santé Sedna, the government and the building owner has caused much concern to the residents of CHSLD Valeo and their families. If no agreement is found by next October, 78 elderly people will have to find new housing.
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Groupe Santé Sedna has to renew the lease in October 2021. The latter wants a 10-year lease, which Quebec rejects. The government wants a two-year lease, which Groupe Santé Sedna was willing to accept, but the building owner refuses. She wants a 10-year lease. Sedna’s group says it finds itself slightly stuck between the tree and the bark.
By the Cabinet of Marguerite Blais, Minister for Seniors and Caregivers, we were told that this particular CHSLD had already been the subject of two consecutive quality of life assessments considered to be of concern. “There is no question of giving a blank check for 10 years to a private CHSLD where there are known and clearly defined quality issues,” the minister said. However, Margaret Bliss’ office said everything will be done to ensure residents stay in this building.
The Liberal Party responded to the situation with a press release. He stressed that the situation is worrying and that Minister Bliss should intervene in the file. Opposition spokeswoman for the elderly, Monique Sauvy, and MP for Laporte, Nicole Maynard, are horrified by the situation.
They emphasized that all elderly people deserve a healthy and stable living environment. They are concerned about the closure of CHSLD Valeo and share the concerns of residents and their families.
“The Minister responsible for Older Persons, Mrs. Margaret Bliss, must consider all available options and intervene directly in the matter, in the interest of the health, safety and stability of the population. If the reasons for the closure were purely financial, why did Minister Bliss not find solutions to avoid the closure?” They they ask.
While waiting for the conflict to be resolved, residents and relatives are concerned about the situation.
“If Mrs. Bliss says her priority is the well-being of the elderly, she should do everything to keep them here. The movement is a lot of pressure, it is a new adaptation to a new environment, for new employees, and these people are all losing their independence. It would be devastating. I am convinced that My mother will not go through with this,” the daughter of a resident cries.