Gaia Community Care and Wellness Society (Gaia Cares) was born out of a passion for comforting seniors in their advancing years and supporting the family and others who care for them.
It began in 2018 when a group of like-minded individuals set out to create much-needed services in Greater Vancouver for Chinese and other ethnic seniors and family caregivers. They aimed to address unmet needs for culturally and linguistically sensitive health and wellness services that would ease the burdens of aging.
Inspired by the innovative seniors’ care models of Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care in Ontario, the group sought Yee Hong’s expertise to establish local services for seniors and families. With faith and trust to “let every idea blossom,” they gained valuable insights into best practices and community outreach expertise. With support and guidance from Yee Hong founder, Dr. Joseph Wong, Gaia Community Care and Wellness Society was created.
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 Caregiver Online Learning Page to learn more about caregiving through our growing library of videos and audio recordings and our Programs Page for details of upcoming programs and workshops.