On Friday, all the 155 staff, from nurses to care aides, received pink slips at Nanaimo’s Wexford Creek Care Home.
The facility is home to 150 residents, with wide-ranging needs from complex care to private assisted nursing.
Mike Old is with the Hospital Employee’s Union.
“Our members who work at Wexford Creek are very, very upset.
This is not just about their own economic security, and the loss of their jobs, but the impact this is going to have on the residents of the facility and their families.”
The Edmonton-based Good Samaritan Society runs the facility.
A spokesperson reports its losses total 2.6 million dollars over the past eight years, due to a lack of funding from Island Health.
So, it’s selling to an unnamed third party who will be responsible for hiring its own staff.
The last day of work for current employees is September 30th.
“The Vancouver Island Health Authority should just take over administration of the place.
Stop the sale, stop the layoffs.
There’s got to be a better way to provide care for seniors.”
Reaction from residents is cautious.
“I don’t think anyone knows what is going to happen.
We’re waiting to see what is going to happen.
We just got our notices today.
Everything is still good.”
Island Health did not have anyone available for an on-camera interview.
But in a statement says, it will ensure quality care for residents is maintained.
And ensure any changes in staffing or ownership is done with no negative impact on residents’ care.