Seniors are now returning to residential care facilities in 100 Mile House—a month after being displaced due wildfire activity in the area.
Residents were evacuated on July 7 because of a wildfire raging in Gustafsen, just west of 100 Mile House. It has since been completely contained.
According to an Interior Health news release, most residents have been living in facilities in Kamloops, while others have been receiving care in Merritt, Revelstoke, and Salmon Arm.
Interior Health began the transfer of 80 residents today, but transportation challenges mean it will take several days to bring them all back to Mill Site Lodge and Fischer Place, IH’s two residential care facilities in 100 Mile House.
“Families of residents and patients in care will be contacted regarding plans for the return of their loved ones to their home community,” the release stated.
Wildfires in B.C. have left seniors vulnerable, particularly those who have mobility issues and are living with dementia.
Interior Health also started the staged re-opening of acute inpatient beds at 100 Mile District General Hospital for patients requiring hospital-based care. Patients from 100 Mile House area who were being cared for at another hospital due to wildfire impacts to local services will also be able to return in the days ahead.
IH said the transfers will be based on individual patient care needs.
Clients of assisted living facility Carefree Manor were transferred back on Aug 6.
The BCCPA will continue providing updates on seniors and care providers impacted by the wildfires.
*Feature image via Flickr user Brian Burger.