This is something that ethnic communities, notably Chinese and South Asian have been urging for a long time. Finally, last week Minister of Finance Charles Sousa, announced the Government of Ontario will award 320 new long-term care beds in Mississauga to a new partnership between Indus Community Services (Indus), Trillium Health Partners (THP), and Yee Hong Centre for
Geriatric Care (Yee Hong).
The process of identifying a site for the new long-term care home and community hub is underway, with expected completion by 2022. This new care home and seniors’ hub will provide a truly unique experience for residents and community members.
This announcement is part of the province’s commitment to build 5,000 new long-term care beds by 2022 and more than 30,000 new beds over the next decade.
To address the region’s long-term care capacity challenges, and to provide culturally appropriate care to the diverse community of Mississauga, Indus, THP and Yee Hong have come together to pursue a historic and innovative partnership to provide culturally appropriate long-term care with a specific focus on the Chinese, Asian and South Asian communities and transitional care. The partnership will leverage each organization’s unique expertise including:
- Indus’ 33 years of experience as the leading provider of culturally appropriate health programs and services for frail and at-risk South Asian seniors.
- THP’s experience in health service delivery for acute and complex patients, as one of the largest hospital organizations in the province.
- Yee Hong’s experience as a long-term care home operator specializing in providing high-quality, culturally appropriate services to the Chinese and Asian communities.
The new long-term care home will also have transitional beds to reduce the number of Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients waiting in hospital and community services to keep seniors healthy
at home. The partnership will also conduct research, provide education and train new health care providers, and test new innovative approaches to long-term care.
Residents of South Asian and Asian descent make up over 30% of the population in Mississauga and the number of seniors in Mississauga is set to triple by 2031.
The new home will consist of 320 long-term care beds including 128 beds focused on serving the South Asian community, 128 beds focused on serving the Chinese and Asian community and 64 short-stay transitional beds focus on transitioning residents home. – CINEWS