Villa Colombo Project Updates
Villa Colombo Toronto: Our Commitment to Seniors Newsletter. Vol. 2 – February 2019
The Continuum of Care for Seniors
This article is part of a series of newsletters from Villa Charities focusing on the renewal of Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. (Villa Colombo Toronto) and our commitment to long-term care. The newsletters will be issued regularly to provide our community with important information about long-term care and the renewal project.
As Canada’s population ages, how to provide senior care – and how seniors can access care – present growing challenges for governments and care providers.
Adding to this challenge is that as seniors grow older, the level and type of care they receive, along with their housing needs, change over time. The stages along this path form a continuum of care, as illustrated below.
- The types of housing and services noted in the diagram are applicable to seniors at each stage and are typically available in the community. Seniors at each stage will generally access only the services and housing type that match their specific needs.
- Seniors can access community support services, which provide assistance for independent living either in their own residences or in facilities such as seniors’ apartments and retirement homes. Services include, for example, Meals on Wheels and assistance from personal care workers for bathing and other day to day activities.
- The path does not necessarily follow a straight line, as an individual’s care needs can increase or decrease at any point in time.
Villa Colombo Toronto: Our Commitment to Seniors Newsletter. Vol. 1 – January 2019
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Enhanced Renewal Strategy: What Does it Mean?
Villa Charities is pleased to present the first edition of our newsletter focusing exclusively on the renewal of Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. (Villa Colombo Toronto) and our commitment to long-term care. This series of newsletters will be issued regularly to provide our community with important and useful information about long-term care and our project.
In October 2014, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) announced an initiative directing 300 long-term care (LTC) homes across the province to upgrade the facilities that support 30,000 long-term care beds to new Ministry standards by 2025. The program is a key part of the province’s Enhanced Long-Term Care Home Renewal Strategy.
The Fusco wing, which accommodates 266 of Villa Colombo Toronto’s 391 beds, is directly impacted. It is mandatory that we meet the Ministry requirements by the deadline, otherwise we risk losing our licences to operate these beds.
The Ministry-directed enhancements involve upgrading all beds and living spaces to MOHLTC 2015 Design Guidelines. This includes providing larger bedrooms with separate ensuite washrooms; replacing all three and four-bed rooms with single and two-bed rooms; and creating a more intimate, home-like environment. According to a Feb. 6, 2015 MOHLTC news release, the initiative also involves improving accommodations for residents with complex health care needs, such as diabetes and dementia.
- More staffing and supports to provide an average of four hours of daily direct care per resident;
- Promoting innovation by introducing new technologies to all long-term care homes to help create a modernized and efficient system; and
- Providing greater access to culturally appropriate long-term care and in-home supports.