Villa Colombo Toronto provides individualized care to each of its 391 residents within a safe, friendly and ethno-specific environment guided by our values:
Italian Heritage and Culture, Honesty/Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, Teamwork, Innovation, and Trust.
An important part of the Villa Charities campus and the Dufferin and Lawrence hub, Villa Colombo Toronto has a beautiful property and garden, including the following features:
Professional nursing staff is onsite 24-hours a day. Personal Support Workers provide hands-on care at the bedside, assisting residents with the essential activities of daily living. At Villa Colombo Toronto, we continuously strive to meet the care needs of our residents, families and our community. Our professional staff, which includes registered nurses, registered practical nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, recreation therapists, dietitian, pharmacist, speech therapist and social worker, provides care for individuals with many complex needs.
Each resident home area has a designated attending physician who works closely with the Medical Director. Each attending physician completes rounds on their respective units at least once weekly and is available for emergency visits. A physician is available on call 24-hours a day.
Villa Colombo Toronto offers the following specialized services:
Villa Colombo Toronto has a behavioural support program with designated and trained staff in dementia, delirium and mental health in the delivery of care.
Staff and medical professionals are knowledgeable in the most prevalent types and related causes of behavioural issues, understand disease processes, stages and progression, diagnostic and assessment process, cognitive or neurological symptoms, treatment interventions, appropriate communication to address resident needs, strategies to promote optimal quality of life and experience of the behaviour(s) from the perspective of the resident, family members and other partners in care.
Villa Colombo Toronto has two beds designated as short-stay beds, which allows for admissions to supports families seeking respite from the caregiver role for a period of up to 60 continuous days to a maximum of 90 days per year.
Restorative Care is a coordinated approach to care, which is integrated throughout all aspects of a resident’s care. This approach is intended to ensure that each resident is able to maintain or improve his/her functional and cognitive capacities in all aspects of daily living to the extent of his/her abilities. It is put into practice through the care planning process and is delivered through interdisciplinary programs and policies, nursing restorative services and therapy services.
Villa Colombo Toronto prides itself in providing nutritious, Italian-style home-cooked meals. It is not unusual for our residents to enjoy freshly baked bread delivered daily by a local baker, grilled French cut veal chops and/or an asparagus/mushroom risotto – all in one day. But what makes meal time special at Villa Colombo Toronto is that residents can enjoy a glass of wine with their meal (with physician approval). Special holiday meals are also provided consistent with the food traditions of the Italian culture.
We have an established food committee consisting of a dedicated group of residents who meet regularly to discuss and review the current menu. Changes to our menus are made with feedback from our Resident Food Committee.
Our Registered Dietitian assesses the nutritional needs of our residents and with our residents, families and interdisciplinary team develops the best-suited nutritional plan for each resident.
Villa Colombo Toronto offers recreational and therapeutic programming seven days a week, including holidays, designed to meet our residents’ physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs.
The physiotherapy team and the recreation staff work together to strengthen our residents and improve their feelings of inclusion, independence and self-worth.
Recreation and therapeutic programs include: exercise, bingo, baking, mental aerobics, crafts, garden club, cards games, art classes, movie nights and much more. Special events are designed to include families as well, like our Porchetta and Beer Night and many open houses throughout the year.
Social Workers are an integral part of our interdisciplinary team. Social Workers are available for residents and families for counseling, support, information on government funding, finances, power of attorney, and grieving, etc.
Villa Colombo Toronto has developed and maintained well-established partnerships with professionals from our community and is able to provide on-site and off-site consultancy for care and services, i.e., denturists, audiologists, dentists, dental hygiene, etc.
Our environmental team members in housekeeping and maintenance support the efforts of all disciplines by providing a clean, safe and healthy environment.
A variety of different activities supports the residents’ spiritual needs. Mass is celebrated at our Chapel Madonna della Salute everyday, with the exception of Mondays and Saturdays. For those residents who cannot be present in the chapel, we offer them the opportunity to watch Mass live on their personal TV through a dedicated channel on the Rogers network.