Saskatoon patient in hospital for 10 months leaves for family-managed care

After ten months in a Saskatoon hospital, Cory Kadlec has officially been discharged.

Kadlek has been hospitalized since June 11, 2022 after suffering a seizure, according to her sister, Tara Jo Kadlek.

She told Global News that Corey has Down syndrome, diabetes, celiac disease, stage 2 dementia, thyroid problems and also suffered a stroke in 2020.

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Corey was originally staying in a care home, but Home said they couldn’t bring him back from the hospital because he wasn’t receiving proper treatment after his seizures.

According to his family, the only option offered by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and the Ministry of Social Services (MSS) was a long-term care unit for dementia.

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Tara Jo said Collie needs access to around-the-clock care because she has diabetes, not dementia.

She stated that Cory’s mental health deteriorated during his hospital stay and the only option was the dementia ward, and they decided to take matters into their own hands.

“We were tired of fighting things that didn’t go our way, and nobody’s going to get their way until the system is changed,” said Tara Jo.

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A decision was made to rent a three bedroom house in Saskatoon to accommodate Tara Jo, her sister and Corey.

Tara Jo said the family will begin to personally hire someone to help take care of Cory.

“We relearned him what it means to feel safe, to be trustworthy, to feel joyful, to relearn what he has always loved, and that it will never be taken away from him. I want you to know,” said Tara Jo, discussing Corey.

Tara Jo and her sister help take care of Cory when services are unavailable.

Regarding funding, Tara Jo said SHA’s direct clients will help with the payments, along with Community Living Service Delivery (CLSD) and the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability Program (SAID). Cory’s family will cover the rest.

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“We have many policies and procedures based on government and social service regulations to create a family-run home,” she explained. “We have to hire staff, we have to create daily programs, and our families don’t get paid for it.”

Now that she’s out of the hospital, Tara Jo said that both Cory and her family will have to take things one day at a time because there’s been a lot of grief and struggle in the last year. It will be..

“He can feel safe with who he is and how he feels, and he’s not scared, afraid or worried anymore,” she said.

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