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Seniors say bedlam at Saskatchewan care home as dementia patients wander

REGINA — Some residents at a seniors home in Saskatchewan say there is bedlam at the facility because people with dementia are wandering around unsupervised and there isn't enough staff to help.

Jim Lawrence, who lives in the Ross Payant care home in Assiniboia, says residents with dementia are barging into his room, sometimes late at night.

In a video supplied by the Opposition NDP, Lawrence says one aggressive person with dementia nearly knocked him out of his wheelchair and another urinated in porridge in the dining room.

Lawrence says the problem is that there isn't enough staff to keep the doors closed to a special dementia unit at the facility.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan says that's not the case, noting staff levels at the care home have been almost the same since 2006.

Duncan says people with aggressive forms of dementia have been moved out of the facility and the remaining residents deserve access to the same amenities as everyone else.

The Canadian Press

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