Mom, 92, discharged from Lakeshore Hospital without winter clothes, daughter says

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Mom, 92, discharged from Lakeshore Hospital without winter clothes, daughter says

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The hospital says is looking into the case of a woman with dementia who was sent home alone in a taxi without the proper clothing. Irene Paré, 92, suf

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The hospital says is looking into the case of a woman with dementia who was sent home alone in a taxi without the proper clothing.

Irene Paré, 92, suffers from dementia and was discharged from the Lakeshore General Hospital without proper winter clothes, her daughter says.
Irene Paré, 92, suffers from dementia and was discharged from the Lakeshore General Hospital without proper winter clothes, her daughter says. Photo by Courtesy of Nathalie Paré

The Lakeshore General Hospital is looking into the case of a 92-year-old woman with dementia who was allegedly discharged Wednesday without proper winter clothing or accompaniment.

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Nathalie Paré says her mother, Irene, was taken to the hospital by ambulance Tuesday evening, after suffering diarrhea, vomiting and severe pain in her legs and back. Neither Nathalie nor her sister Anne-Marie were allowed into the hospital because of COVID-19.

Anne-Marie called the hospital later that evening and was told their mother had a urinary tract infection, was on an IV and being given pain killers, and would be assigned a room in the morning.

But Wednesday morning, the hospital called Nathalie at work and said her mother was in a minivan taxi on her way home. Knowing her mother had no keys, Paré rushed to her mother’s apartment. She arrived to find her mother in a wheelchair in the front of the taxi, waiting.

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“To my shock and disgust, she was sitting in a hospital gown, with a little blanket, no shoes or slippers, nothing on her feet, in -20 degrees,” Nathalie told the Montreal Gazette. “I (was) sick to my stomach.”

The clothes her mother had worn to the hospital were in a bag in the taxi.

Hélène Bergeron-Gamache, a spokesperson for the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, said in a statement that, “We have been informed of a similar situation, in which a patient left the hospital in a taxi following her visit, without the appropriate clothing.”

A quick analysis of the events “greatly preoccupies us,” Bergeron-Gamache said, adding that an internal investigation is underway to find out more details about the conditions in which the woman left the hospital.

“We don’t comment on specific cases in order to protect the confidentiality of files, but patients who are discharged from the hospital leave the premises in the clothes in which they arrived,” she explained.

“If the clothes are not appropriate for the weather, blankets and hospital slippers are provided. The health and safety of patients of the Lakeshore General Hospital are at the heart of everything we do.”

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