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Woman found dead on balcony of her RPA: coroner investigates

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Résidence Saint-Antoine was known as Manoir Liverpool before the change of ownership in April 2021.

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A 79-year-old woman was found dead on March 1 on her balcony at the Residence Saint-Antoine, a residence for the elderly (RPA) formerly known as Manoir Liverpool, located in Lévis. According to the family, she had cognitive problems and was in a secure unit. His relatives wonder how such a situation could have happened.

The Coroner's Office opened an investigation and file was entrusted to Me Jean-François Bertrand.

The woman, Réjeanne Jean, went out onto a balcony during the night and was not found until the next morning, during the morning round of RPA staff. Lévis police received the emergency call at 5:26 a.m.

The management of the residence then called the woman's children to inform them of the death. Caroline Desrosiers, her daughter, had just arrived at work when she received the call.

We ask ourselves questions. We expected her to leave within a year, but we didn't think she would freeze to death on a gallery. We are really angry.

A quote from Caroline Desrosiers, daughter of Réjeanne Jean

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She doesn't understand how her mother was able to have such easy access to the outdoors in the middle of winter, on a night when temperatures reached -17.5°C .

On the phone, Caroline Desrosiers confirms that her mother had serious cognitive problems. She had no difficulty moving around, but when she went through a door, for example, it was very possible that she no longer knew where she was.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The CISSS de Chaudière-Appalaches affirms that it will collaborate in the coroner's investigation, which must shed light on the circumstances of the death .

The details surrounding this sad situation are being analyzed by our risk management department, which will make recommendations if necessary. We also confirm that we are collaborating with the coroner's investigation and that we will ensure that we implement any recommendations that he may make, writes the CISSS spokesperson.

It hadn't been a year since Réjeanne Jean had been in this residence. We had found a home for her so that she could be safe, her daughter laments.

The Résidence Saint-Antoine has taken the place of Manoir Liverpool since its purchase by the ÉBÈNE group. It is an RPA that welcomes autonomous, semi-autonomous elderly people or those suffering from Alzheimer's in Lévis. It has 128 units, including 62 in intermediate resources (IR).

The ÉBÈNE group is refraining from commenting on the situation in more detail for the moment. As there is a coroner's investigation underway, our only statement is for the family to whom we wish to convey our sincere condolences, he transmits in writing.

Paul Brunet, the president of the Council for the Protection of the Sick, wonders if the environment was well suited to the condition of women.

If you have access to a balcony, without other formalities, it's sure that it's an unsuitable place. Depending on what the investigation reveals, it is very possible that this person should not have been housed in that location, he says.

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Paul Brunet, president of the Council for the Protection of the Sick

He emphasizes that the health network puts a certain pressure on RPAs and RIs to take on certain patients and residents who are not completely independent and for whom the establishments are not necessarily well equipped.

The general director of the citizen movement Les Usagers de la santé du Québec (LUSQ), Pierre Blain, also criticizes the lack of surveillance in these residences.

There should be more security, like bells if it's a door leading to a balcony, believes Mr. Blain.

These things can happen unfortunately but there are ways to avoid them!

A quote from Pierre Blain, general director of the organization Les Usagers de la santé du Québec (LUSQ)< /blockquote>

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