Orchard Villa residents have no air conditioning in rooms yet

News Jun 08, 2020 by Kristen Calis Pickering News Advertiser

PICKERING — Family members of residents and a former employee of the Orchard Villa retirement residence fear a lack of air conditioning in the long-term-care facility could pose health problems to residents.

Troy Wannan, former general manager of the retirement residence at Orchard Villa, said the company that used to install air conditioners in individual rooms is not coming into the home at this time, so individual residents have no access to air conditioning.

“I am very concerned about the heat in those rooms,” she said.

She acknowledged common areas are air-conditioned, but residents cannot enjoy them.

“The thing is, with what’s going on, residents have been confined to their rooms,” Wannan said.

She said this is affecting both the retirement and long-term portions of the residence.

“We’re headed for another heat wave, too,” she said.

Sharon Navarro, manager of public relations for Lakeridge Health, which has been assisting Orchard Villa since it was called in on April 22, said Orchard Villa currently has air conditioning in all common areas, including the hallways.

"We recently received guidance from infection control experts on the safe use of air conditioning units during COVID-19 in congregate living environments," she said. "After the home received the guidance, the cooling systems were turned on."

Navarro said that, like every other year when the weather gets warm, residents and families are offered a service to install air conditioners in individual resident rooms.

"Managers at the home are currently speaking with residents and contacting families about (the) installing of air conditioners," she said.

Seventy-nine residents have died at Orchard Villa during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Both Lakeridge Health and the Canadian Armed Forces have been called in to assist staff at the home. The military has deployed soldiers at four other homes in Ontario as well.

Wannan said that because the windows are so big at Orchard Villa, the rooms can get very hot.

Michael Reid is a senior law clerk with Will Davidson LLP, the law firm that filed a class action lawsuit against Orchard Villa owners Southbridge Care Homes Inc., seeking $40 million in compensatory and $10 million in punitive damages. The class action lawsuit claims negligence, breach of contract and wrongful death.

He said he’s received numerous calls about this issue.

“We’ve been contacted by many families, which (have) identified (numerous) issues, including the whole air conditioning problem,” he said.

Orchard Villa residents have no air conditioning in rooms yet

A former employee is concerned about the next heat wave

News Jun 08, 2020 by Kristen Calis Pickering News Advertiser

PICKERING — Family members of residents and a former employee of the Orchard Villa retirement residence fear a lack of air conditioning in the long-term-care facility could pose health problems to residents.

Troy Wannan, former general manager of the retirement residence at Orchard Villa, said the company that used to install air conditioners in individual rooms is not coming into the home at this time, so individual residents have no access to air conditioning.

“I am very concerned about the heat in those rooms,” she said.

She acknowledged common areas are air-conditioned, but residents cannot enjoy them.

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“The thing is, with what’s going on, residents have been confined to their rooms,” Wannan said.

She said this is affecting both the retirement and long-term portions of the residence.

“We’re headed for another heat wave, too,” she said.

Sharon Navarro, manager of public relations for Lakeridge Health, which has been assisting Orchard Villa since it was called in on April 22, said Orchard Villa currently has air conditioning in all common areas, including the hallways.

"We recently received guidance from infection control experts on the safe use of air conditioning units during COVID-19 in congregate living environments," she said. "After the home received the guidance, the cooling systems were turned on."

Navarro said that, like every other year when the weather gets warm, residents and families are offered a service to install air conditioners in individual resident rooms.

"Managers at the home are currently speaking with residents and contacting families about (the) installing of air conditioners," she said.

Seventy-nine residents have died at Orchard Villa during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Both Lakeridge Health and the Canadian Armed Forces have been called in to assist staff at the home. The military has deployed soldiers at four other homes in Ontario as well.

Wannan said that because the windows are so big at Orchard Villa, the rooms can get very hot.

Michael Reid is a senior law clerk with Will Davidson LLP, the law firm that filed a class action lawsuit against Orchard Villa owners Southbridge Care Homes Inc., seeking $40 million in compensatory and $10 million in punitive damages. The class action lawsuit claims negligence, breach of contract and wrongful death.

He said he’s received numerous calls about this issue.

“We’ve been contacted by many families, which (have) identified (numerous) issues, including the whole air conditioning problem,” he said.

Orchard Villa residents have no air conditioning in rooms yet

A former employee is concerned about the next heat wave

News Jun 08, 2020 by Kristen Calis Pickering News Advertiser

PICKERING — Family members of residents and a former employee of the Orchard Villa retirement residence fear a lack of air conditioning in the long-term-care facility could pose health problems to residents.

Troy Wannan, former general manager of the retirement residence at Orchard Villa, said the company that used to install air conditioners in individual rooms is not coming into the home at this time, so individual residents have no access to air conditioning.

“I am very concerned about the heat in those rooms,” she said.

She acknowledged common areas are air-conditioned, but residents cannot enjoy them.

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“The thing is, with what’s going on, residents have been confined to their rooms,” Wannan said.

She said this is affecting both the retirement and long-term portions of the residence.

“We’re headed for another heat wave, too,” she said.

Sharon Navarro, manager of public relations for Lakeridge Health, which has been assisting Orchard Villa since it was called in on April 22, said Orchard Villa currently has air conditioning in all common areas, including the hallways.

"We recently received guidance from infection control experts on the safe use of air conditioning units during COVID-19 in congregate living environments," she said. "After the home received the guidance, the cooling systems were turned on."

Navarro said that, like every other year when the weather gets warm, residents and families are offered a service to install air conditioners in individual resident rooms.

"Managers at the home are currently speaking with residents and contacting families about (the) installing of air conditioners," she said.

Seventy-nine residents have died at Orchard Villa during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Both Lakeridge Health and the Canadian Armed Forces have been called in to assist staff at the home. The military has deployed soldiers at four other homes in Ontario as well.

Wannan said that because the windows are so big at Orchard Villa, the rooms can get very hot.

Michael Reid is a senior law clerk with Will Davidson LLP, the law firm that filed a class action lawsuit against Orchard Villa owners Southbridge Care Homes Inc., seeking $40 million in compensatory and $10 million in punitive damages. The class action lawsuit claims negligence, breach of contract and wrongful death.

He said he’s received numerous calls about this issue.

“We’ve been contacted by many families, which (have) identified (numerous) issues, including the whole air conditioning problem,” he said.