Once a week, Albert Konowalchuk and his son Edward commute from the town of Togo to the Wascana Rehab Centre for treatment of Edward’s brain injury.
It’s a trip they’ve been making for 13 years.
Where they stay when they make that trip is about to change, as Edward is one of several patients at the centre who’s being displaced by 36 incoming residents of Pioneer Village, who are taking temporary accommodation at rehab centre’s hostel while a growing mould problem is dealt with.
“The more and more we go to our health care system, the more we hurt other people in our province that needs help,” said Konowalchuk, who was notified Tuesday.
Debbie Sinnett, the Executive Director for the Saskatchewan Health Authority, said for the residents of Pioneer Village, noted the space at the rehab centre is well suited to their needs.
“The communal services and the support services provided and the hostel itself, with the structure of the unit, with common areas and private bedroom space to support the care and accommodation needs of residents in long term care,” she said.
But according to Regina-Lakeview MLA Carla Beck, this whole scenario could have been avoided if the provincial government would made investments in general and preventative maintenance.
“We know that there was a recent report that showed that the deferred maintenance in the health region has ballooned from $2 billion to $3 billion,” she said. “One of the reasons is those invemstments are not being made. So, when minor repairs are not made, they become major repairs.”