Concept drawing for proposed Dementia Village in Metro Vancouver
Do you know what the main difference is between Ontario’s institutional long-term care home system and the innovative social models like the one now being proposed by Providence Health Care in B.C.?
Relationships, relationships, relationships – between and amongst staff, residents, families and the community
What does this actually mean?
- It means a “constructive culture of care” enabling staff to know who their residents and families are – and what their life was like before.
- It means residents are involved in many meaningful activities according to their abilities and what brings them joy.
- It means schedules and routines are flexible to match the residents’ preferences and needs.
- It means the surrounding community is invited to actively participate.
Providence Health Care is developing a concept for Metro Vancouver, based on the Dutch Hogewey Village model (scroll down for our first blog post re Hogewey in September 2017), that incorporates the above philosophy. Read more here.
Please contact your MPPs again to urge them to fund something similar, perhaps as a pilot project, in Ontario when approving the new 5,000 long-term care beds.
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