Letters to the Editor

Don’t study, secure them


Re: Care-home resident survives being hit by train, Feb. 4.

In reading the article, I can barely believe the care home’s attitude, which seems, to be charitable, decades behind times.

Evergreen Baptist Care Home representatives ought to visit homes owned by various Scandinavian communities, who know, without lengthy and delaying studies, the basic facts that elderly people with diminishing mental strengths are easily confused and apt to wander at any time of day or night.

This ought not to have come as a surprise to those responsible for their live-in residents anywhere in White Rock, or B.C. generally.

(Editor’s note: The article noted the injured resident lived in a wing that does not restrict in/out privileges.)

My husband and I recently visited such a home on the North Shore. After a cup of coffee in a pleasant cafeteria, we couldn’t open the door out until a person working there came and pushed a button to let us out. Those making regular visits know where the buttons are.

There are other easily found and relatively inexpensive methods that provide security for the residents without months of studies and arguments about costs.

Seija Paddon, White Rock



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