As he looks around the common room at the very frail seniors asleep in their wheelchairs, Brian English says the health of residents in his nursing home has declined dramatically since he moved in seven years ago.

“My memory tells me that when I came in here first, this whole floor (of residents) was mobile and, for the most part, cognitive. That has changed drastically,” said the 66-year-old, who remains agile and mentally alert despite having a stroke that resulted in him moving into Chartwell Aurora Long Term Care Residence, built in the 1970s.

“I can’t say there’s a big discrepancy in the age (between when I moved in and now) but certainly in terms of the mental and physical health, it’s huge. You look around and you see the number of wheelchairs.”
English remembers when there were only a handful of residents in wheelchairs, which meant there was enough space for recreational activities.

“Plus, there are so many (residents) with varying degrees of dementia, there are constant interruptions,” he added.

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