More than half of Montreal's CHSLDs in poor condition

More than half of the CHSLDs in Montreal are in poor condition

The CHSLD Saint-Laurent is one of 55 establishments considered to be in poor condition.

No less than 55 long-term care hospitals (CHSLDs) in Montreal are in poor condition, according to the latest assessment by the Ministry of Health of the degree of dilapidation of its 455 establishments across the province. This is more than half of the CHSLDs in the metropolis.

These centers, having obtained grades D or E according to the analysis of the results obtained after inspections, are below the threshold of acceptability and are considered lacking in maintaining the quality of their activities. The absence of an air conditioning system to mitigate the effects of heat waves in summer, the lack of light or space are factors considered in the report.

Some older CHSLDs coexist with more recent buildings, giving a different portrait for the same establishment. “The same installation can be made up of different buildings with different indices of dilapidation, explains the media relations officer of the Ministry of Health, Noémie Vanheuverzwijn. For example, a wing of a facility that was built in 1942 with a D rating while another wing for the same facility was built in 2017 with an A rating are counted differently.”

In its latest budget tabled on March 21, the government of François Legault provides for an investment of $396.7M over the next decade in the reconstruction and repair of CHSLDs across the province.

The largest residential center for seniors in eastern Montreal, the CHSLD Jeanne Le Ber, and the CHSLD de Nicolet in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve will be closed. Their residents will be moved to two urban elders' homes, slated to open in 2025.

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