Region-wide review finds asbestos in Strasbourg care home
Uncovered asbestos was found in Last Mountain Pioneer Home in Strasbourg, during assessments of older buildings throughout the Saskatoon Health Region.
"Friable or unsealed asbestos was found in two employee-access areas of Last Mountain Pioneer Home, and not in any patient or resident living areas," said Nilesh Kavia, Saskatoon Health Region's vice-president of finance and corporate services, in a press release.
Access to those areas, the boiler room and attic, has been restricted to people trained and wearing proper clothes.
The health region has met with their staff and is in the process of meeting with the 36 residents and their families.
"We believe there is extremely low probability that any residents or visitors were exposed to unsealed asbestos, and we are working closely with employees to identify anyone who may have worked in those spaces and how we can support them," Kavia said, in the release.
To be safe the region said they are testing the air quality in the facility, but added that they believe the risk is very low.
This is the third facility in the region to be examined during this region-wide review - the buildings in Nokomis and Lanigan were found to be Asbestos free. Between 20 and 30 facilities, built before 1980, including long-term care homes and hospitals are part of the review.