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IH watchdog no longer needed at Summerland Seniors Village

Interior Health is allowing new admissions at Summerland Seniors Village. IH has been helping the site improve since a 91-year-old client died in November.
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Interior Health has removed its watchdog administrator put in place at the Summerland Seniors Village on Jan. 25 following the death of a 91-year-old man.

Alfredo Bonaldi, 91, was found near-death in his room in November after being left unattended for days. He died later in hospital.

Since then IH has investigated the building and urged improvements in how it's run. It was reported non-licensed employees were giving out medication and staff were not reporting serious incidents. At one point IH said, until the site cleaned up its act, no new clients could be admitted.

IH regional residential director Karen Bloemink said she is pleased with the progress over the past several months. As a result the site recently reopened to new admissions. This success does not mean IH has left the building.

Interior Health will continue to monitor the building's leadership, have weekly inspections and perform a quality review in June.

IH funds 75 of 80 residential care beds and 18 of 36 assisted living suites at Summerland Seniors Village, which is owned and operated by Retirement Concepts.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at squesnel@infotelnews.ca, call 250-488-3065 or tweet @shannonquesnel1

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