Yee Hong Newsletter

Mandala Colouring Program at McNicoll Centre

The residents of McNicoll have been working on a mandala colouring project for the past three months (September-December). They have been creative and bold in their artistic endeavors and have shown a wealth of diversity in talent and artistic expression. We are excited to be able to share their creations with you through a digital 2022 calendar displaying their artwork. Included is also a calendar displaying the various Art and Crafts projects that our residents have been working on throughout the year. Special thanks goes to our placement student, Goretti Chan, for putting the calendars together and running the mandala coloring program. We wish everyone a safe and happy holidays and best wishes for the new year!

A Giving Spirit

Over the past year, we have continued to face the challenge of operating our senior centres in the midst of a pandemic. Yet, we have not only met our standards for quality of service, but even surpassed them. We have hosted numerous events, both new and old, as well as broken previous fundraising records. From our “Break the Loneliness” A1 Radiothon to our annual Golf Classic event, we have worked hard to show our seniors how much they mean to us. Seeing their happy faces truly makes this all worth it.

This is all possible because of people like you – our biggest cheerleaders with whom we share a common mission in taking care of our seniors. We are deeply grateful for your support, thank you.

However, the fight isn’t over. When we launched our Love Gives Capital Campaign, we set a goal to raise $80 million to start the construction of 3 new centres and we still have a long way to go. Although the seniors in the photos above have all enjoyed the outstanding community at Yee Hong, there are still many more on waiting lists that may be struggling in their homes.

We look forward to your continued support to Yee Hong. Together, we can make a difference so that more seniors can enjoy our services.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season from all of us at Yee Hong.

Christmas is in the air!

Christmas is in the air! The residents at Yee Hong’s McNicoll Centre have been busy making decorations to spruce up the home for the upcoming holiday season. They have also been making cards for the children in our pen pal program and writing letters of thanks to our staff to share their best wishes.

In the upcoming weeks we will celebrate with carolling, a Christmas service, hot chocolate and gingerbread, a Christmas party and of course we invited Santa to visit as well! The McNicoll Yee Hong family wishes everyone a safe and happy holidays.

New copper surfaces kill microbes

Yee Hong is always innovating and we’re committed to provide a healthy home for residents and a safe working environment for staff. That includes cleaning and disinfection.

As an example, we adjust the solution and increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces such has elevator buttons, hand rails and door handles during typical “flu” seasons. Over the years, we have limited the number and severity of outbreaks that occur in our homes.

The COVID-19 pandemic provided an opportunity to expand and improve our best practices in the area of cleaning and disinfection by participating in a pilot to install copper or copper alloy on high-touch surfaces.

Copper coatings are proven to have an antimicrobial effect and Yee Hong is adding this additional tool to strengthen our Infection Prevention and Control program.

This project has been generously funded by Lundin Mining and technical and scientific expertise has been provided by Coalition for Healthcare Acquired Infection Reduction (CHAIR – a not-for-profit group of industry and health-care professionals working to reduce healthcare acquired infections).

Over the next few weeks, we will install copper covers on door handles in the main entrances, offices and resident rooms on the second floor, change the resident washroom door handles and nursing office area cabinet/drawer door handles to copper coated ones and replace the public and staff washroom toilet seats with copper coated ones. These items were identified as high-touch surfaces that multiple people will touch during a normal day.

While we will maintain our cleaning and disinfection procedures, the copper coatings will ensure that those surfaces will remain sanitary in between disinfection cycles.

A scientist from CHAIR will conduct a study on the effectiveness of the application of copper by examining the microbial load on these surfaces before and after the application of the copper.

Yee Hong is grateful to Lundin Mining and to CHAIR for the expertise and technical skill our partners bring to this health and safety project.

Diwali Celebration at Yee Hong Ho Lai Oi Wan Markham Centre

Diwali is the five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. For some, it coincides with harvest and New Year celebrations. Diwali is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.

In November, the Activation staff at the Markham Centre did henna art on residents’ hands which they enjoyed. Some residents dressed in traditional clothes. On Diwali, usually people wear traditional kurtas, sarees and Punjabi suits.

Also on Diwali people like to listen to some loud music and dance. So we have played Hindi songs that everyone enjoyed. Some residents said the songs reminded them of childhood and home.

On Diwali, people like to decorate their homes. We decorated the Activity Room walls with handmade Diwali decorations, paper-made diyas with artificial candles and a big rangoli design on white board. The residents enjoyed the decoration and took pictures. Some residents wanted diyas to take to their rooms.

In the evening the residents enjoyed samosas, sweets and faluda drink. Usually on Diwali, people like to make a variety of sweets to share with their neighbors. Likewise, residents had the opportunity to eat and chat with each other, sharing old memories. We enjoyed our Diwali celebration together.