Last-ditch appeals for care-home operator fizzle

Daniel MacEachern
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Owner says she’ll have to shut down

A C.B.S. care home operator says her attempts to get more government support have failed, but adds she won’t give up until she actually locks her doors.

Diane Fagan and Greg Coates, who own and operate Coates Community Care Home in Upper Gullies, C.B.S., may be forced to close their boarding home due to empty beds and a lack of government support. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Diane Fagan and Greg Coates, who own Coates Community Care Home in Upper Gullies, appealed to the media last month after informing Eastern Health they couldn’t afford to keep the doors open at the half-full care home any longer.

Fagan said Eastern Health hadn’t referred any new patients to the 20-bed home — which cares for people with persistent mental-health problems — in two years.

A month later, Fagan said despite her attempts to raise awareness of the problem, nothing has changed, and she’ll close the home in two weeks.

“I’m still closing on the 23rd of May,” she said this week, adding that she hasn’t had any further contact with Eastern Health about the problem. There are still 11 people in the home until she closes, who will be placed elsewhere, possibly in some of the remaining 13 homes.

She said she’s disappointed a solution couldn’t be found.

“It’s terrible,” she said. “There’s all kinds of need.” 

Fagan said her home is more economical for Eastern Health than some of its other housing options for patients, including the Waterford Hospital.

She doesn’t know what she’ll do after she closes.

“I’m looking into selling the house,” she said. “It’s a great big house — 50x50 (feet) upstairs and down. I’m sitting on an acre lot, so I’m thinking about putting it up for sale, and if it don’t sell, well then I’ll tear it down and build three houses and sell them. I really can’t think yet.  I’ve got to wait until my doors close, because I’m working around the clock. I can’t even think about it right now.”

Twitter: @TelegramDaniel

Organizations: Coates Community Care Home

Geographic location: Upper Gullies

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