The Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) is one of the oldest non-profit community organizations in Canada. The Chinatown Multi-Level Care Foundation (CMLCF) was incorporated as a non-profit organization. Its purpose was to raise funds to purchase land for a health care facility to be built in Chinatown.
The two organizations collaborated to build the Edmonton Chinese Seniors Lodge and completed the building in 1997. This Lodge, today, serves eighty Residents with funding from Alberta Health Services for the home care needs of those who require their services.
Over the years the CBA had been planning to create a continuing care program. Edmonton Chinatown Care Centre was completed in September 2004. It provides 80 continuing care beds, 15 DAL (Designated Assistant Living) beds and 5 Lodge beds. Funding comes from Alberta Health Services and Private Donations.
Community Liaison and Partnership
Edmonton Chinatown Care Centre receives excellent support from our community, Alberta Health Services, and the different levels of Government.
Edmonton Chinatown Care Centre was the first pilot site for the Health Care Aide (HCA) Competency Assessment Project in partnership with Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health and Wellness and NorQuest College. This was a very successful venture, providing the future framework for other facilities in Alberta. Currently, we are in collaboration with NorQuest College in working with our Health Care Workers to obtain their Health Care Aide Certificate.
We provide excellent standards and programs to our Residents. We had 96.5% compliance for Accreditation of Canada in 2010, as well as 100% compliance for Supportive Living Standards, Long Term Care Health Standard in 2011. Recently we went through an Alberta Health and Wellness, and Alberta Health Services audit and had no recommendation for improvement.
Many Resident related activities, entertainment, church services and seasonal celebrations are supported and provided by our community partners and groups. All of these programs are organized by our Recreational Therapist and Activity Coordinator. Our Residents enjoy the variety of programming offered to them on a daily basis.
Response to Community Needs
The governing body of Edmonton Chinatown Care Centre (ECCC) recognizes that our Resident population is of wide cultural, social and health variance, which influences our services in an all-encompassing manner. Statistical information is gathered through many resources to assist in the healthcare needs determination of our seniors.
With the concept of “Aging in place”, residents are able to stay in the facility as their care levels change. With the different services and programs such as Home Care, Lodge, DAL, and LTC offered to residents, we are able to bring services and care to the individuals.
This logo was designed for the Edmonton Chinese Seniors Lodge in 1998 by a renowned graphic designer Mr. Wei Yew. His works include designs of the entire Olympic Arts Festival held in Calgary during the 1988 Winter Games, and logos for many corporate and organizations, such as Epcor, Syncrude Canada, The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton Valley Zoo, Edmonton Public Library and the 2001 ITU World Triathlon.
According to Mr. Wei Yew, the concept of the logo came from a Chinese traditional endless knot, (pan-chang knot 盤長結), which symbolizes long life without setback. The letter "E" for Edmonton clinches the knot.