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New beds for
dementia care
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Jan/Feb 2018

In response to a growing need for specialized dementia care, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has opened 11 long-term care beds designed for seniors with behavioral or psychological symptoms related to dementia.

Located in the Special Needs Behavioral Unit (SNBU) at Deer Lodge Centre, the beds will improve access to care for residents who are not able to function safely on a traditional PCH unit, says Réal Cloutier, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the WRHA.

"This will address the ongoing need we have throughout the system for these specialized beds and will help to reduce the number of residents awaiting those services," says Cloutier. "As we add capacity for patients with special needs as a result of dementia, it takes pressure off hospitals and other care homes where residents are waiting for these specialized placements which, in turn, improves the way all patients move through our system."

Seniors with behavioural or psychological care needs often have long stays in hospital and require more support than is available in a general personal care home. The SNBU model creates smaller, specialized environments with staff trained in the care these residents require.

The announcement in December of 11 beds in a newly-renovated unit at Deer Lodge Centre brings the total number of SNBU beds at the site to 32 and the total number in the region to 74. Other sites that include an SNBU are Actionmarguerite St. Boniface and Riverview Health Centre.