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Seniors in Nova Scotia apartments fear being evicted

90-year-old David George Bryant has moved to Drumlin Hills, , in the town of Bridgewater, NSW.

He and his wife would often burn dinner after leaving it on the stove. 

So Bryant chose the Assisted Living suite in Drumlin Hills and his wife moved to a nearby long-term care facility. In this way, he visits her three times a week, eats her and receives her domestic services at her apartment. is ready. 

Bryant is now worried about their future, along with his other supportive lives . Last week, they received Rosedale Investments Limited — the company that bought the building this year — from three meals a day, weekly housekeeping, and staff assistance . I received notice that is ending in November. . 30 and is no longer included in the lease. 

Many older people in the building fear being kicked out because they cannot help themselves.

Drumlin Hills was built by Atlantic Baptist Housing more than 20 years ago . is now privately owned and does not receive funding from the government.

The only cookware in Bryant's kitchen: kettle, toaster, rice cooker. (Robert Short/CBC)

"Change comes suddenly. Change is not good for older people," says Bryant. 

The building has 24 nursing homes , where residents can help with meals, laundry and cleaning. There are also 72 separate living units , allowing seniors to cook their own meals and still have a smaller home . 

Residents of Drumlin Hills are chatting outside the building. (Robert Short/CBC)

Bryant said tenants unexpectedly received a form last week asking them to agree to a new lease. 

"Too many people come to me with the form and say, go here next, or do this next. I want to know." But what's next, what am I obsessed with? He said,

the monthly rent was reduced by , services as well.The letter states, “The rent now includes a stove and dishwasher.Units will be converted to new appliances when they become available.Tenants will Move to unit or work will be done on current unit or add toaster oven to current unit (not dishwasher and oven) and opt out of enhanced service on 09/01/2022

Feeling Dangerous 

Bryant says having a stove in the apartment is dangerous for forgetful people. . He says he refuses to use a stove in his apartment.

Couples seek a community environment where like-minded people can interact, eat together, and enjoy activities. 

A notice board at the entrance to Drumlin Hills reads "Atlantic Baptist Senior Citizens Homes Inc. project." The building was purchased this year by privately owned Rosedale Investments Limited. (Robert Short/CBC)

"We spoke with some people this morning who fear they will be forced out of the building. They will have to leave because they will no longer be able to do things like shopping and preparing meals on their own. We have two more tenants than we have, and I don't know how they're going to handle it," she added. 

Her Concerned Family

Tanya of Lunenberg Her Wenzel worries about her mother-in-law in Drumlin Her Hills. She says the housing crisis doesn't give her many options. 

In her 80s, she lives in Drumlin Hills. The couple told her CBC. They refused to appear on camera because they feared that their living conditions would deteriorate. (Robert Short/CBC)

"Currently her unit only has a microwave, refrigerator and a sink. 

"We put our family there thinking it was a permanent place. And Now, that may not be the case."

Halifax Harbor Property

Owner of Drumlin Hills Rosedale Investments Limited is part of Halifax Harbor Property and Owned by Joseph C. Arab.

When contacted by the CBC, a representative for Halifax Harbor Properties said she had been ordered not to comment on the sale.

Tenants One of the administrators of Rosedale Investments Limited, Drumlin Hills, who wrote to the company, declined to comment on the sale. 

Earlier, when a couple looking for an apartment  Arab Brothers, another company owned by Arabs, sent a security deposit along with their application. 

Mayor asks state for help

Mayor of Bridgewater David Mitchell says the building is zoned as an apartment complex, so private business There is nothing the town can do to maintain the assisted living units as they are operated as 

The situation is very concerning because he has only one other facility for the elderly in Lunenburg County, he said. 

"I don't know where these people are going or what they are doing," said Mitchell. His father also used to live in Drumlin Hills. 

Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell said maintaining services at the Drumlin Hills nursing home is in the best interests of residents and the state. said it is in the interest of (Robert Short/CBC)

"This is for people who cannot live fully independently in their own homes and are nowhere near where they should be." This gave them the dignity and independence to live alone while taking care of things like feeding them.”

Last week, Mitchell emailed the state asking them to fulfill their I said that there is a role to play and that we should intervene.

CBC also contacted the state. Khalehla Perrault , Communications and Media Relations Advisor for Nova Scotia Seniors and Long-term Care, said the building was not licensed or funded by the government, so the department said it would not take any action.