Se­niors’ home lim­its toi­let pa­per to two rolls per per­son a week

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

MONCTON, N.B. — Res­i­dents of a New Brunswick se­niors’ home have been in­formed they will each be lim­ited to two rolls of toi­let pa­per a week.

The Manoir Notre-Dame in Moncton said in a writ­ten no­tice the move is nec­es­sary be­cause of an in­crease in over­all costs.

“We will limit the rolls of toi­let pa­per to two per week, which will be de­posited every Mon­day in the rooms,” the Aug. 2 no­tice read.

But man­age­ment said if the res­i­dents ex­ceed the num­ber dis­trib­uted, they will be able to ob­tain ad­di­tional toi­let pa­per if it’s added to their pre­scrip­tion de­liv­er­ies.

Anita LeBlanc, who went pub­lic with the no­tice on so­cial me­dia, said it was a hu­mil­i­at­ing sit­u­a­tion for res­i­dents.

“My mother-in-law called me to ask us to go and buy toi­let pa­per for her,” she told The Cana­dian Press. “She asked staff (in the nurs­ing home) and they re­fused her.”

LeBlanc added that close rel­a­tives of the se­niors were not in­formed of the toi­let pa­per ra­tion.

“We don’t know why,” she said. “There are many ways to get in touch with us, but they didn’t.”

LeBlanc noted that her mother-in-law spends $2,500 per month to stay in the res­i­dence.

“I rarely rant on Face­book and I know I will re­gret this to­mor­row, but I am so mad and dis­gusted that I can­not help my­self,” she said on a Face­book post­ing Sat­ur­day.

“There are so many se­niors in that home who do not have fam­ily or friends to take care of them. I’m ap­palled and we will be look­ing for a new place for her to live.

“I for­got to add that they have a no­tice that the nurs­ing home is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing gas­troen­teri­tis. Imag­ine the hu­mil­i­a­tion and the suf­fer­ing. Sit­ting on a toi­let and not hav­ing toi­let pa­per … guess they ex­pect them to stay sit­ting there un­til Mon­day!”

Of­fi­cials with the Manoir Notre-Dame did not want to be in­ter­viewed.

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