46-Year-Old Patient Faces Unnecessary Delay for Group-Home Facility

46-Year-Old Patient Faces Unnecessary Delay for Group-Home Facility

The case of a patient being kept at Vancouver General Hospital since last five months is getting attention of one and all. It has been told that the patient diagnosed with Down syndrome and Alzheimer's-related dementia should have been moved to Community Living B. C. (CLBC) a lot earlier but was being forced to stay in the acute care by the B. C. government.

Though staying in a group-home facility has done a lot good for the 46-year-old patient, it was told by the sister of the patient, Mo Gaffney that a lot is to be paid for the care this time.

Calling for some resolution to the issue, Mo Gaffney has called for help so that his brother can get better treatment and care from the staff in the group-home facility.

Endorsing the opinion of Mo Gaffney, NDP Leader Adrian Dix has appealed that the voice of the patient must be heard and subsequently, acted upon. Furthermore, Dix has called for a moratorium on group home closures, while adding that an independent review of CLBC could elaborate the prevalent loopholes in the system.

Recalling those days when Gaffney was diagnosed with dementia, the sister claimed: "On the days he doesn't go out, he doesn't get out of bed," she said of her brother's state in hospital. It's very hard for him to put a sentence together”.

While she would do her best to place her brother in a group home run by the Developmental Disabilities Association, Doug Woolard, CLBC Vice-President of organizational development, has refused to divulge details about the case.

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