Paulette Vanderhelm’s visit to see her 93-year-old mother, Stella Raczynski, at Regina’s Bentley Hillsdale retirement home was far from routine on Tuesday.
The Ituna woman said when she got there, the power was out, and people were sitting around waiting for it to return.
Vanderhelm said they were asked if there was any other place they could go.
“They are just trying to billet everybody out and they have no power. Zip, zilch, nada,” she said.
The seniors’ home didn’t have a backup generator, according to Vanderhelm.
She and her brother then started working the phones. They found a hotel with television, Wi-Fi and an attached restaurant.
A spokesman from the company Revera, which runs the Bentley, said they brought in portable generators and that they suggested residents spend the day with their families as a matter of comfort, not as an emergency.
The spokesman, Larry Roberts, said power returned late in the afternoon and that residents have returned.
Vanderhelm said she thought the seniors’ home should have been better prepared for the power outage.
“I think there should be a generator just to even keep the bottom (floor) warm but no, there’s no generator, no lights, no nothing,” she said.
“I just wanted out of there because I was getting cold,” Vanderhelm said.