Here is a letter from the Outreach Coordinator of the German Canadian Care Home: loosely translated, they are offering two events that the public can join them in:

a.  January 13, 2018 – Feuerzangenbowle Movie starring Heinz Rühmann

b.  January 27, 2018 – Dr. Florian Gassner (UBC) will moderate the topic of Music as Religion – Beethoven, Wagner & Nietschke

These events take place on Saturdays at 2 pm – they will serve coffee/tea and cake; donations are welcome

All guests are welcome. For more information please contact:

Waltraud Custer
Outreach Coordinator
German-Canadian Benevolent Society of BC
2010 Harrison Drive
Vancouver, BC, V5P 2P6
604-713-6562

Liebe Freunde,

2017 brachte für jeden von uns eine gemischte Palette von Erlebnissen, für den einen gut, den anderen nicht so gut.

Mit unseren Themen war es ähnlich, manches gefiel, manches nicht so sehr. Aber wir werden uns wieder  bemühen ein Programm zu gestalten, das für jedes Interesse etwas zu bieten hat.

Durch Ihre Anwesenheit, in Ihrer Einzigartigkeit, sind Sie  immer ein Geschenk für die Bewohner des Heimes und auch  für die anderen Teilnehmer .

Nun wünsche ich Ihnen für das Jahr 2018 , was Sie sich selbst von Herzen wünschen, Freude, Gesundheit und Mut zum Lieben und geliebt sein. Und mögen Sie die Kraft und den Glauben an die Erfüllung Ihrer Wünsche nicht verlieren.

Wir fangen das Jahr 2018 am

  1. Januar mit dem wohlbekannten und klassischen Film <Die Feuerzangenbowle> an,

in der Heinz Rühmann die Hauptrolle spielt. Das DVD bietet Untertitel an.

Am 27. Januar wird Dr. Florian Gassner (UBC) zum  Thema < Musik, als Religion> referieren. Das Thema wird durch die Musiker Beethoven, Wagner und Nietzsche erläutert.

BITTE BENUTZEN SIE DEN SEITENEINGANG (mit Treppen oder Rampe).
Folgen Sie der Beschilderung, rechts herrunter und durch den unteren Parkplatz.




Wie immer servieren wir um 14.00 Uhr Kaffee, Tee und  Kuchen.

Das jeweilige Programm folgt um 14:30 Uhr. 

Gäste sind stets willkommen. 

Wir freuen uns über Ihre Spenden, die die Kosten für Kaffee, Kuchen und sonstige Auslagen tragen helfen.

Vielleicht haben Sie Lust bei den Vorbereitungen und dem Servieren mitzuhelfen.
Ein oder zwei Samstag Nachmittage für ca 3 Monate wäre schon eine große Hilfe.

Wir suchen ausserdem Unterstützung für das wöchentliche deutsche Programm in der Bibliothek,  Freitags von  2.00 -3.00 pm.

Unsere deutsch-sprachigen Heimbewohner versammeln sich mit Familienangehörigen und Freunden um schön gedeckte Kaffee Tische.

Zusammen werden zeitgemäße Themen besprochen und gekannte deutsche Volkslieder gesungen..

Mit freundlichen Grüßen or kind regards

Waltraud Custer
Outreach Coordinator
German-Canadian Benevolent Society of BC
2010 Harrison Drive
Vancouver, BC, V5P 2P6

604-713-6562
outreachprogram@gcch.ca

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Coastal Health has signed an agreement with the German Canadian Benevolent Society to rebuild and expand the German Canadian Care Home in South Vancouver. The existing facility will be demolished and replaced with a larger care home with 18 additional beds, for a total of 160-beds, 10 of which will be private pay.

“The German Canadian Care Home has provided compassionate care for decades, enriching the lives of its residents through the many services that are provided,” said Vancouver-Fraserview MLA Suzanne Anton. “The new care home will make sure residents continue to receive quality care.”

“This is a significant step in meeting the care needs of Vancouver residents,” said Laura Case, Chief Operating Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health. “It will enhance residents’ privacy and the experience of care by offering single rooms, private washrooms, outdoor terraces, and better access for wheelchairs.”

The new facility will have several small homes within a single building. This model is known as ‘home and neighbourhood design’ and is considered a best practice in residential care.

The German Canadian Benevolent Society envisions the new care home will also provide services to seniors living in the community, which may include adult day care, therapeutic bathing, rehabilitation services, education for informal care givers, and social activities that encourage community interaction and participation. Completion is scheduled for late 2022. Vancouver Coastal Health will provide operational funding for the new facility.

The existing care facility has been serving the community since 1969. It includes Vancouver’s largest special-care unit for residents with dementia. The population is ethnically diverse, with 30 percent of the residents of German descent. “Although the home has served the community well for many years, the existing facility is outdated, with long narrow hallways and many double rooms,” said Laura Case.

The current care home will close in 2018 to prepare for demolition and construction. VCH and the German Canadian Care Home will develop comprehensive transition plans for each resident to allow for a smooth transition to another facility. Wherever possible, residents will be placed in their preferred location. Staff will also be supported during the transition.

With the signing of the agreement with the German Canadian Benevolent Society, Vancouver Coastal Health has completed the procurement phase of their Regional Residential Care Rejuvenation project. It follows a rigorous process to replace several hundred beds in residential care centres that no longer fully meet resident needs, and to significantly increase the number of beds in communities that currently don’t have an adequate supply for the population they serve.

To date, Vancouver Coastal Health has signed agreements for 943 beds in eight new and expanded facilities over the next six years. VCH, like many health authorities, is planning ahead to meet the complex residential care needs of people living in our region who can no longer live safely at home with support.

Vancouver Coastal Health is responsible for the delivery of $3.2 billion in community, hospital and residential care to more than one million people in communities including Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola.

CONTACT: 

Carrie Stefanson 

Public Affairs Officer Vancouver Coastal Health

Office: 604.708.5338

Cell: 604.312.1148

E: carrie.stefanson@vch.ca