Good News During COVID-19
The Grand Cinnamon Banquet & Convention Centre delivered 391 meals to frontline workers in Scarborough at Yee Hong’s McNicoll Centre, Finch Centre and Garden Terrace on Thursday, August 6.
The meals were arranged by Shaun Chen, Member of Parliament for Scarborough North to appreciate those who have been working hard to protect the most vulnerable in our community during the pandemic.
“I am incredibly proud that Yee Hong residents have had zero cases of COVID and an amazing track record in the community. It’s not possible without the people behind it. Those are the hardworking nurses, PSWs and everyone who works at Yee Hong and all the seniors’ facility organizations across the riding to support our most vulnerable,” said MP Shaun Chen.
“Thank you to all of the frontline workers and the management team at Yee Hong. Because of your efforts, we had a perfect record. We kept the virus away from our residents in all four Yee Hong Centres,” said Dr. Joseph Wong, Yee Hong Founder and Chair of Yee Hong Foundation.
“We’re also grateful for the generosity of local business. Thank you for putting your resources behind our work, making meals for people in need and supporting our community,” Dr. Wong added.
To take advantage of the fine sunny weather, an outdoor live concert for our residents was held at the front entrance area of Yee Hong Markham Centre on Monday July 6th, 2020. Seven members of the well-known band ‘Doulos’ were invited for the performance.
A total of 53 residents attended the concert from the covered area with considerations for physical distancing. A livestream video was broadcast to resident units for those who could not attend the concert as well as another 30 Markham Adult Day program (ADP) clients who live in the community to watch the performance virtually.
Taking a break from their indoor setting, the residents enjoyed the refreshing outdoor weather as well as the superb performance. The band played many golden oldie songs, and copies of the lyrics were printed in large size font for easy reading and singing along. The residents could even make requests the band to play their favorite songs. The residents were very excited and enjoyed very much such an event amid the pandemic.
Special acknowledgements to the efforts of the Adult Day Program and Long Term Care staff who helped make the concert a successful event and uplift the passion of our residents and staff to carry on.
Residents at the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care at Mississauga enjoyed a special outdoor violin recital on Friday June 19. Performer Alex Cheung is a professional violinist and violin teacher, he is also the son of one of our dear residents living at Yee Hong. He came to play violin for the residents in an effort to lift the resident spirits due to the pandemic as well as to help celebrate Father’s Day.
Some residents enjoyed watching the music performance at the Yee Hong Garden in a safe distance, some sitting at the 2/F patio, and some inside the building with the windows opened. Alex played the violin for the residents, with beautiful pieces such as the classical Canon in D, the Chinese song “The Moon Represents My Heart”, Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles, Celtic fiddle tunes, “疫境同行 Walking together during pandemic” (Hong Kong pop song reworked for thanking the frontline workers) and more. Alex’s father is in fact the one who got him started on violin when he was 5! It was a really touching scene and those who were there can feel the love channeling through the music in the air.
Alex said, from his perspective as a family member, “I’d like to thank all the staff at Yee Hong for doing such an excellent job in keeping the residents and staff safe and healthy!” He and his family are grateful for Yee Hong being prepared and vigilant right from day 1!
While other staff members express their feelings towards the COVID-19 pandemic on the Wall of Fame at the four Yee Hong Centres, Tony Chan, a part-time PSW at the Markham Centre, wrote a Chinese poem about what he witnessed in the home: teamwork, sacrifice, commitment, compassion, and perseverance.
Tony himself exemplifies these qualities too: at the start of pandemic when there was a severe staff shortage for night and day shifts, Tony stepped up to the plate and filled the shifts as much as he could, despite there was one confirmed case at the time. To alleviate the risk of bringing the virus home, he chose to separate himself from his family temporarily.
“During these difficult times, the sacrifices that Tony and other team members have made to care for residents are admirable,” says Zu Wang Tang, Markham Assistant Director of Resident Care. “They live the Yee Hong Values. Perhaps that is the legendary Yee Hong Spirit.”
Here is Tony’s poem: 頤是長安居 / 康是老所依 / 長幼無差別 / 均須護蔭之 / 餐庭獨一卓 / 誰煮一室香 / 分餐姐細語 / 間或有嚴詞 / 樓層內外潔 / 需要細心工 / 衣衫日換替 / 衫房同工辛 / 白衣無閒逸 / 護工汗濕衣 / 管者下文書 / 示各正執行 / 此工須聆聽 / 雙手未曾停 / 且護長者安晚年 / 同袍各有康健身
Yee Hong Macrobian Club interest classes paused in mid-March due to COVID-19. Many of these classes are now available online thanks to Philip Ho, a Program Worker in Active Senior Department, who has made these virtual classes possible.
As many Macrobian Club members are not familiar with social media, Philip has spent many hours since April conducting one-on-one sessions with instructors and participants on how to use Zoom. He also logs on to every class to make sure it goes smoothly and provides prompt assistance should something go wrong, even though some of the interest classes take place in the evening and on weekend.
“Philip’s tireless effort is important to the success of the Macrobian Club’s virtual interest classes,” said Isabella Tong, Program Coordinator. “We are working on expanding the online option for other community courses within the Active Senior Program.”
In these extraordinary and unprecedented times, our staff is striving to ensure our residents receive the best quality of care. During National Nursing Week, the family council and some family members of the Scarborough Finch Centre made a generous donation to sponsor a Swiss Chalet meal for all staff on May 28th, 2020. Finch employees received a token of appreciation for continual hard work and commitment. Everyone working that day received a quarter chicken dinner with a side of fries, a bun, and a drink.
The response to this kind gesture was overwhelming. “Grateful that our efforts are recognized. [Dinner] re-charges my energy to do better,” staff members reported, “Yummy chicken! Thank you family council and family members.”