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Συνέντευξη του προέδρου του ιδρύματος “Hellenic Home for the Aged” Γιάννη Φαναρά

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Το Ελληνικό Σπίτι για τους Ηλικιωμένους είναι ένας μη κερδοσκοπικός οργανισμός αφιερωμένος στην παροχή εξαιρετικής ποιότητας φροντίδας και υπηρεσιών στους ηλικιωμένους της κοινότητάς μας, που ενισχύουν τη σωματική, πνευματική, συναισθηματική και πνευματική τους υγεία.

Ο επί σειρά ετών καταξιωμένος πρόεδρος του “Hellenic Home for the Aged”, Γιάννης Φαναράς, μιλάει στον “Ελληνικό Τύπο” για την επιτυχημένη πορεία του Ιδρύματος και δηλώνει απερίφραστα  ικανοποιημένος και χαρούμενος, από την απόφαση της κυβέρνησης του Οντάριο να στηρίξει την ανέγερση νέων εγκαταστάσεων ύψους 27 εκ.

 When and how did the “Hellenic Home of the Age” begin?

Here are the key milestones of the Hellenic Home :

Our History

1974 The Hellenic Home for the Aged was incorporated.
1986 Phase I was built which consisted of 150 independent living seniors’ apartments and a gathering area, the Estia, for the tenants and the community.
1994 The Hellenic Home opened its Phase II facility consisting of 82 long-term care beds. Seventy-five  additional independent living seniors’ apartments were also built.
1995 The St. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Chapel was built to fulfill the spiritual needs of our seniors residing in the apartments and in the long-term care facility. The Hellenic Home addressed their evolving healthcare needs of our seniors residing in the independent living apartments by implementing the Supportive Housing Department.
2004 Hellenic Home opened our new 128-bed Long-Term Care facility in Scarborough.
2007 The Adult Day Program located at the Toronto site was opened to provide social, recreational and therapeutic service for older adults with physical frailty and/or cognitive impairment along with respite services to their caregivers.
2010 The Hellenic Home reached a new milestone  in providing for the spiritual needs of our seniors and enhancing their quality of life – the completion of the Saints Kyrillos and Methodios Chapel at our Scarborough Long-Term Care facility.

 What other benefits apart from shelter and food do you make available to your residents?

Hellenic Care (Nursing)

We offer 24-hour care and services that have been developed  for the holistic well-being of our residents. We treat our residents with dignity and respect in a home-like, warm and welcoming environment. Hellenic Home is a family-friendly facility where family involvement is encouraged in the care of loved ones by collaborating with the dedicated and qualified staff.

The Long Term Care facilities are governed by the Hellenic Home Policies, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) Program Standards, the Local Health Integration Networks and the Long Term Care Homes Act. In addition, both operations are accredited by CARF International.

Our Long Term Care Facilities are partial funded by the Local Health Integration network (LHIN) and the Government of Ontario.

Our Long Term Care facilities consist of the following departments: Nursing, Medical Care, Activation, Chapel Services, Physiotherapy and Restorative Services, Social Work, Dietary Services, Volunteer Services and Environmental Services.

In addition to these departments, the Home has partnerships with: The Medical Director and Attending Physicians, Psychogeriatric Outreach Program, Toronto Western Hospital Nurse Lead Outreach Team, Behaviour Support Unit with Baycrest Hospital, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Public Health, Pharmacy and IT Providers.

Seniors Apartments

The Hellenic Home Housing Complex consists of 225 independent living seniors’ apartments and a gathering area, the Estia, which is enjoyed daily by tenants and is often used for a variety of recreational activities and special events. Eighty percent of the tenants have their rent subsidized by the Ontario government; the other units are offered below market value to accommodate the financial needs of low income seniors.

Adult Day Care Program

The Adult Day Program was established in 2007 through funding from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to benefit elderly adults living in our community with disabilities or cognitive impairment. Our program provides cognitive and social stimulation, assistance with activities of daily living, as well as caregiver relief. Our programs and activities support clients in maintaining their maximum level of functioning and in achieving independent living with dignity. Services include hot nutritious meals, refreshments and snacks as well as personal care and medication reminding. Families and caregivers can have the peace of mind that their loved ones are in a safe environment attended to by well-trained staff who promote a sense of well-being for all clients in a culturally sensitive setting. The Adult Day Program is accredited by CARF International.

The Hellenic Home follows the Gentle Care Philosophy:

Every individual is a unique and special human being. Programs are developed with the knowledge of the functional capabilities of each client and to support the individual’s values, strengths, desires and needs. Assistance and therapeutic interventions are designed to support the person by compensating for their physical or cognitive limitation.

We also offer spiritual services to our residents in two chapels and we employ two priests. We pay the full salary of the priests and maintain the chapels. We receive no subsidy for these services.

Who gets hosted and how are elderly taken care of?

Usually the residents of the Hellenic Care ( Nursing Home ) are seniors or young adults that cannot take care themselves and need twenty four hours care.

The tenants in our Housing complex are over 55 years old and they have to be Greeks or from Greek decent. It is independent living but we can provide some services if they need them.

How is tenantsʼ response to all of this?

We conduct satisfaction surveys and the rating are top notch. The application numbers speak to it. We have over 400 applicants waiting  for a bed in the Nursing Home and over 150 applicants for the Senior Housing.6

What are the ways to help out and to what level is your volunteer support?

We have currently over 200 volunteers that are graciously offering their time for our seniors. They can help the seniors moving then around, entertain, talk to them, feed them (once we train them). Some they volunteer their time in committees for our fund raising events  ie walkathon, Golf, Gala etc

Is rent sufficient to cover expenses or are you in need of donations too?

We have donations but they are not significant. The Government pays a portion of the expenses, and the fees that we charge for the residents and tenants. If we don’t do the fund raising activities we will not be able to meet our financial obligations.

Describe to us the building extension you are suggesting and timelines of the project.

We have been lobbying the Ministry for the past two years in order to secure the licence to build because we are an aging population and the list of applicants is increasing every day.  The cost of this project it is estimated to be $27-30 million dollars. We are expected to raise about $5-6 million dollars plus our savings of approximately $ 2 million dollars  and the rest will bank financing. The Ministry of Health will help us to pay our Mortgage over a 20 year period  by contributing appr. $17 dollars per day per resident  .

we have to come up with the difference.

What is the message you want people to have for care of the elderly?

There is a big need of our services in our Greek Community. People living longer and  we see more and more complicated cases. The families cannot provide for their elderly. They need our services and the number of applicants are increasing every day.

We need our community to support us in meeting our needs.