Nine new personal care home beds are opening at Actionmarguerite in St. Boniface this month for dementia patients with aggressive or behavioural issues.
But, there is still a long way to go to reduce the wait for those special need patients.
Frank Alexander, 87, died after being pushed by an Alzheimer’s patient at a Winnipeg care home in 2011.
An inquest report into his death highlighted the need for more beds and units for aggressive patients.
They need smaller units with less stimulation and specially trained staff to care for them.
Right now there are 54 of those beds in the WRHA and about 50 people waiting for one.
The wait ranges from six to 12 months.
The inquest judge says that needs to come down to 60 days.
The province and the WRHA say this unit is a start.
And they will keep making units like that as new care homes are built.