On Friday, April 27th, the Honourable Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance and Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga South 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).
“Our government is approving health care in Mississauga and throughout Ontario by increasing the number of long-term care beds in our communities. This investment will help alleviate wait times, and provide access to high-quality, culturally-appropriate professional care for seniors across the province” said the Minister.
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.
“Mississauga is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. We are also home to an ageing population that deserves access to high-quality culturally appropriate health care. That’s why I am so pleased that the provincial government will be partnering with Indus, THP and Yee Hong to build a new long-term care facility and community hub in Mississauga that will improve the overall health and well-being of seniors in our community” , says Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
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.
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.