In 2018, a group of like-minded individuals from Vancouver were deeply inspired by the works of Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care (Yee Hong) in supporting Chinese and non-Chinese seniors in Greater Toronto as well as their family caregivers. They, together with Yee Hong founder Dr. Joseph Wong, set up Gaia Community Care and Wellness Society (Gaia Cares) to build on Yee Hong’s best practices and support Chinese and other ethnic seniors and family caregivers in Greater Vancouver.
Inspired by Yee Hong, Gaia Cares believes in “letting every idea blossom.” By providing culturally and linguistically appropriate community-based services, Gaia Cares aims to effectively help ease the stresses of aging and caring for seniors.
Gaia Cares is committed to advancing education in health and wellness and specialized training for family and community caregivers. Through instructional seminars, courses, and workshops, Gaia Cares helps participants explore the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills that families and caregivers need to provide compassionate care for seniors. Programs and services cover a range of topics that build an understanding of age-related issues and enable participants to develop skills and strategies to cope with the complexities of caregiving. Gaia Cares’ workshops also address the emotional, physical, and mental health stresses that family members and caregivers experience that often lead to “caregiver burnout.”
In addition to delivering culturally and linguistically appropriate programs and services in the community, Gaia Cares also endeavours to provide specially adapted residential accommodation and other facilities in the foreseeable future.
We invite you to visit our Resources Page to learn more about caregiving through a series of online videos for family caregivers, courtesy of our consultant, Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care. You may also visit our Programs Page for details of programs and workshops being offered.