Flooding in Gainsborough continues to keep long-term care residents at the Gainsborough Health Centre from returning to the facility, according to a press release by the Sun Country Health Region.
After the village flooded in late June, 13 long-term care residents were moved to facilities in Weyburn, Carlyle, Oxbow and Carnduff. Two residents and two respite patients returned temporarily to their families.
Facility manager Donna Davis said the town's sewer system is still overwhelmed, and water use is being rationed. Although pumping has improved at the health centre, the town’s situation makes it impossible to determine how long the health centre will remain closed.
Davis said the health care and medical needs of the long-term care residents are being met at their temporary homes. Family members of the Gainsborough Health Centre's evacuated residents should contact the temporary homes to arrange for services like hair cuts.
The facilities will be happy to accommodate them.
“It is unfortunate that our residents had to be moved out of their familiar surroundings during this emergency, but families can be assured they are receiving the best care in their temporary new locations,” said Davis.
Residents are included in all activities at the new facilities, and seem very contented, said Davis, who has had the opportunity to visit with most of them in their temporary homes. Residents can stay in their new accommodations until Gainsborough's health centre reopens, she said.