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The family of an octogenarian found dead in the cold outside his retirement home in Laval was about to provide him with an anti-runaway bracelet precisely to prevent such a tragedy.
“I don't blame anybody in that story.” The first person I could blame is me, because I didn't take care of the bracelet before, “Nancy Côté testified.
She says she found her father, Yvan Côté, on the night from Monday to Tuesday, near a door that opened onto the courtyard of the Les Jardins de Renoir seniors' residence. The 83-year-old had lived there with his wife Pierrette Côté since 2019.
At around 2 a.m., his wife noticed that her demented husband was no longer sleeping by her side. It was after wandering the halls and the exterior of the building that she called on her daughter, who made the sad discovery after being there.
“He was in critical condition. There was a transport that was quickly made to a hospital center and it is there that his death was declared, ”explained Sergeant Geneviève Major, of the Laval Police Department.
L The 83-year-old man poses with his great-grandson, Mattdylan, in a photo his family provided to The Journal.
His wife took care of him
Yvan Côté had cognitive problems after suffering from multiple strokes, his daughter told the Journal .
He lived in the self-sufficient section of the residence, as his wife was taking care of him. “She kept it at home because she wanted to take care of it and she did it really well,” said Nancy Côté. She is still in a state of shock after finding her father in a cleared alley near a door.
The latter regrets not having acted more quickly after her father had run away “once or twice , last summer “. Since November, she had been considering getting him an anti-runaway bracelet.
“I told myself that after the holidays I would meet with the management [of the residence] to discuss it,” said Nancy Côté. I didn't because I figured I had time. Life goes fast sometimes. “
She remembers her father as a person who” loved life “and rejoices that he was able to live at home until his last days. “He was a bon vivant and he liked to laugh. My dad was a jolly fellow. “
A coroner's inquest was opened to determine the cause and circumstances of death.
The The residence ensures that it works with the police and has handed over to the police the recordings of the surveillance cameras, said Brigitte Pouliot, director of communications for the Cogir Group, which owns the establishment.
“We have checked our security systems and everything is working, she argued. Certainly with a senior in a self-contained apartment … security levels are still important, but these seniors also have the freedom to live their lives. “