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S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and Vancouver Coastal Health launch Integrated Community Services for Seniors Pilot project in Richmond

Posted date: September 17, 2022

Chinese seniors in Richmond will benefit from improved community connection and health and wellness with the help of a new community connector program, piloted by Vancouver Coastal Health and S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Integrated Community Services for Seniors Project will create a hub to help Chinese seniors age well at home by connecting them to community information on health and social services in Richmond. This ensures older adults 65+ can access the right service at the right time.

“S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is always looking for new ways to bring access to culturally appropriate care to our communities. It is critical that we directly connect with seniors in a meaningful way in order to reduce their isolation and give them the tools and support to age better in place,” said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation.

Bilingual community connectors who speak English and Chinese will be based at S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’ assisted living facility, Austin Harris Residence on Moncton Road in Richmond. They will provide outreach, referrals and support for seniors who are vulnerable due to frailty, a lack of family physician, language or cultural barriers, and those who cope with mental health or dementia and who have little access to a caregiver or local support.

“Richmond has an active seniors population and this program will help to improve their quality of life further,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It will provide important access to services that respect cultural backgrounds, so our seniors will be able to continue to live independently and enjoy connections that keep them well.”

This one-year pilot project community service will assist eligible seniors to coordinate a variety of services: Meals on Wheels, the Better at Home program, home care, health care, dementia care, palliative care, housing, assisted living and long term care, settlement services, transportation, socialization and adult day programs, chronic disease and medication management, mental health and wellness supports, and more.

“The inter-Cultural Online health Network (iCON) of the UBC Digital Emergency Medicine Unit congratulates S.U.C.C.E.S.S. in spearheading this innovative pilot program,” said Dr. Kendall Ho, Executive Director, iCON, and professor of emergency medicine, UBC faculty of medicine. “We welcome our ongoing and fruitful collaboration with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. in serving our Richmond Chinese seniors to support their health and wellness.”

To learn more about this program or to refer a senior, please contact Betty Liang at [email protected] or call 604-241-8222.

For more information
Elaine O’Connor
Director, Strategic Communications and Partnerships
S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
[email protected]

About S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Founded in 1973, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest social service agencies in Canada. Our multicultural, non-profit charitable organization offers a wide range of programs and services that promote the belonging, wellness, and independence of people at all stages of their Canadian journey. Programs and services are offered in the areas of newcomer settlement, English language training, employment and entrepreneurship, family, youth and seniors programming, health education, community development, seniors care and affordable housing. Learn more at successbc.ca.

About S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation
Incorporated in 2001, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation is a charitable organization that raises funding for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and its affiliated organizations supporting S.U.C.C.E.S.S. mandates that focus on strengthening our diverse communities. For details, please visit successfoundation.ca.

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卑詩省,列治文- 列治文的華裔長者將受益於一個新的社區聯絡項目,得以改善他們與社區的連接,提升健康狀況和福祉。該項目由溫哥華沿岸衛生局(VCH)和中僑互助會合作試運行。

中僑長者綜合社區服務將創建一個中心,用以幫助華裔長者順暢接收列治文的社區健康和社會服務信息,在家中安享晚年。這將確保65歲以上的長者能夠獲得及時而準確的服務。

「中僑互助會一直在尋找新的方法來為我們的社區提供文化適切的護理。至關重要的是,我們以有意義的方式直接與弱勢長者建立聯系,以減少他們的孤獨感,並為他們提供資訉和支援以幫他們安享晚年。」中僑互助會和中僑基金會行政總裁周潘坤玲說。

英中雙語的社區聯絡員將被安排在中僑互助會的支援式生活設施裡,即位於列治文Moncton路的中僑列治文張安德樂福苑。他們將為那些因身體虛弱、缺乏家庭醫生、有語言或文化障礙而處於弱勢的長者,那些應對精神健康或患有智障的長者,以及缼乏照顧或支持的長者提供外聯、轉介和支持。

「列治文有很活躍的多元文化長者群體,這個項目的實施將有助於進一步提高他們的生活品質,」列治文市长马保定(Malcolm Brodie)说。「該項目將提供尊重文化背景的重要服務渠道,使長者們能夠繼續獨立生活,並享受社區聯絡幫他們保持健康與福祉。」

這個為期一年的社區服務試點項目將協助符合條件的長者協調一系列服務:送餐服務、留在家更好項目「Better at Home」、家庭護理、醫療保健、長者智障護理、舒緩治療、可負擔房屋、支援式生活和長期護理、安頓服務、交通、社交和成人日間護理、慢性病和藥物管理、心理健康和健康支援等等。

「UBC數碼急診科的跨文化在線健康網絡(iCON)祝賀中僑互助會率先推出這一創新的試點項目,」iCON行政總監、UBC醫學院急診醫學教授Kendall Ho醫生說道。「我們非常榮幸能與中僑互助會的持續和富有成效的合作,為列治文華裔長者提供服務,支持他們的健康和福祉。」

如果想了解更多關於該項目的信息,或推薦合適人選,
敬請聯絡Betty Liang([email protected])或撥打604-241-8222。

更多信息,敬請聯絡
Elaine O’Connor
策略溝通和社區關系部總監
中僑互助會
[email protected]

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