A resident’s perspective.
I am writing to you reconfirmiing my complete objections to the illegal building and operations of these two private industries embedded in the midst of 192 Long-Term-Care (LTC) patients sponsored and financially supported by the Ministy of Health—-(my last e-mail to you dated prior to the City Council Public meeting dated October 7,2013)
My wife became a resident at this location with Alzheimer’s/Dementia mid-July 2011.It took myself and other family members several months to calm her down from being aggressively belligerent and to get her to accept her new home, but after a few months the construction of the new Dr’s clinic and the operation of a post-secondary school upset her considerably taking her back to day one.For nearly two years now Family and Resident Council’s have met with Schlegel Villages to air our complaints and for the health and welfare of our loved one’s. These concerns are more than well known by the owners but now as another stalling tatic have hired a professional expert in Long Term Care operatons to review and examine the process and issues related to the siting and development of the Village Health Centre and Conestoga College Post Secondary college programs within Riverside Glen
The review was conducted by Dr.KV with many reviews being on a one-to-one basis, as mine was. I asked, Why another review now?—and at whose request? The request was from the owners who will receive the Dr’s summary and recommendations and finally –will they be acted upon? the Dr. could not answer this.The Dr.related to me that JS had received reports of conflicts, disention etc between residents and the operating executive and Dr. V was contracted to seek out the causes and recommend what could be done to rectify the unhealthy situation She added that she knew nothing about the illegality of the two private industries as was not on her agenda or included in her contract to do so– Dr. V stated with me that her report would be released to residents and family members as is, at the same time as given to the owners. On the day of de-briefing,(one day after the three or four days of briefing) this reference was changed to state that the owners only will decide if and when the Dr’s report would be released. Obviously to me this action appears to be a cover -up whilst the Schlegel Corp. decdes to ignor the City of Guelph’s Zoning and Building By-Laws,at the same time convince the city to ammend these laws to serve the well recognized philanthropic interests of Ron Schlegel with his founding and in partnership with the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. As related to me when applying for my wife to obtain nursing home help( Ontario government financial supported Long-Term-Care) had nothing to do with RS’s Mission to incorporate such LTC. facilities into his creation of an internal neighbourhood community. As assessed by the CCAC my wife needed to move out from a community setting and into a long-term-care home ,this she did and finally became comfortable in her new home and surroundings—–until—–the owners decided to build and operate these two private businessess in the vicinity of her home making it a part of Schlegel’s vision of just another village community. Why would my wife want to move back into another community
The elected City Councilors of the past who established the original zoning and building By-Laws would have given much thought and consideration with establishing these laws for the overall benefits of all the citizens of the City of Guelph and not to be totally ignored when it suits any individual. While many of us acknowledge the research work being done for the aged,it need not be carried on the home rented properties of Long-Term -Care residents( nursing care patients) They should be asked to relocate immediately.
I look forward to the wisdom of Guelph City Council by denying Riverside Glen their application to ammend the current Zoning By-Laws AD