Vancouver Sun

Man with dementia dies after assault by fellow patient


Mounties and the coroners’ service are investigat­ing after a 93- year- old man with dementia died following an attack by another patient at a longterm care facility in B. C.’ s southern Interior.

John Young was assaulted last Friday at Bastion Place in Salmon Arm after he wandered into the room of another dementia patient who was known to be aggressive.

Both men were taken to the hospital and Young died on Tuesday, although the cause of death has yet to be determined.

Tracy Quewezance of the BC Nurses Union says violence at long- term care facilities is becoming more common, and more secure units and staff are needed.

Interior Health Authority has also launched an investigat­ion and Karen Bloemink, the executive director of residentia­l service, says there have already been changes at Bastion Place.

Staffing concerns were raised at the facility seven years ago when two residents were beaten.

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