Residences Chemin du Roy: the death of a resident by hypothermia surfaced
While the investigation into the allegations of abuse, abuse and poor quality of care generally at Chemin du Roy residences continues, the death by hypothermia of a resident with Alzheimer’s, after being trapped outside, surfaced. Jeanne-Mance Marchand, an octogenarian, was found by a passerby on the steps of a nearby house on the morning of February 4, 2015, lying inert in nightwear, while the temperature was around -19 degrees Celsius, learned The Nouvellist.
S ccording to the coroner’s investigation report, produced in the wake of the event, the residence Our Lady of Cap-de-la-Madeleine area, residences network member Chemin du Roy and staying where Ms. Marchand, do did not have a security device allowing him to monitor his customers at risk of wandering. However, the certification it holds that makes it a Category 3 residence stipulates that such a device should be in place. The coroner in charge of the case, Dr. Éric Labrie, concludes his report by saying that “this is a violent death”, but chooses not to make recommendations.
At the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center of Mauricie and Center-du-Québec (CIUSSS MCQ), for reasons of confidentiality, we do not want to say whether the incident is part of the investigation into course, or even if it was known to the authorities or not. It is explained that since the creation of the CIUSSS in September 2015, an agreement exists with the Coroner’s Office and that in theory all the investigation reports have been forwarded to it since then. However, the investigation report on the death of Ms. Marchand dates from August 28, 2015, a few days before the creation of the CIUSSS MCQ.
All in all, the CIUSSS MCQ remains stingy with details about the ongoing investigation at the Chemin du Roy residences. “There are certain elements, which we have seen, which are part of the investigation,” we are content to say. On the other hand, if new elements surface, they are certainly integrated in the investigation, one argues. Thus, agrees Guillaume Cliche, information agent at CIUSSS MCQ, it can be taken for granted that the circumstances surrounding the death of Jeanne-Mance Marchand are now part of the investigation, if it was not already the case.
Pour ce qui est de la présence ou de l’absence d’un dispositif de sécurité pour les personnes à risque d’errance, on ne peut confirmer, toujours pour des raisons de confidentialité, si cela a été constaté durant l’enquête en cours. Cependant, comme la certification de la résidence fait l’objet d’une inspection tous les quatre ans, on s’en remet au travail d’Agrément Canada et le CIUSSS MCQ assume que tout devrait être en règle. Selon les témoignages de différents résidents et travailleurs, présents et passés, à la résidence Notre-Dame, un tel dispositif n’est pas en place.
At the office of the Minister responsible for Seniors and Caregivers, Marguerite Blais, they say they trust the work of the CIUSSS MCQ in the area of enforcement. “The minister is following the investigation very closely, the government takes the situation very seriously and if the investigation highlights a situation that requires actions, they will be taken in a very short time,” said Marjaurie Côté-Boileau, press secretary to Minister Blais.
Ms. Marchand’s family members contacted by Le Nouvelliste systematically refused any interview requests. Some mentioned, however, that the whole affair had “greatly affected the family”. At the Chemin du Roy residences, we did not want to answer our calls.
A fourth death by hypothermia in a residence for seniors in the Mauricie
The death of Jeanne-Mance Bertrand is reminiscent of the sad stories of André Bourassa, Thérèse Roberge and Marcel Gauthier, three seniors in the region, who died in similar circumstances during the same period.
The cases of Mrs. Roberge and Mr. Bourassa had taken place at the defunct residence Villa du jardin fleuri, one year apart, in 2016 and 2017. The two causes, because of their recurrent and almost identical nature, had raised a wave. of indignation in the population. In March 2017, following the death of Mr. Bourassa, Geneviève Jauron, spokesperson for the CIUSSS MCQ stated that “should action be required, they will be deployed for the entire Mauricie and Central Region. -of Quebec”.
The case of Jeanne-Mance Marchand predates the other three causes. All cases were investigated by the coroner. Although none of the four investigations led to the formulation of formal recommendations, the Coroner’s Office states that this does not mean that follow-up has not been done with the competent authorities or that recommendations have not been made. been made in similar cases elsewhere in Quebec.
“The job of the coroner is to say ” what’s going on here and what can we do to make sure it does not happen again? ‘”, Says Dominique D’Anjou, communications and communications manager. media relations at the Office of the Coroner. She stated that the work of the coroner is independent and that the coroner has all the latitude and freedom to conduct his investigations.