Founded in 1957, Ivan Franko Homes has been providing accommodation and the highest level of healthcare services and assistance to Ukrainian seniors from across Canada for over 50 years. Ivan Franko Homes’ Our Future Together Campaign is a transformational plan to expand our picturesque 10-acre site at Winston Churchill Boulevard in Mississauga into a multigenerational campus modelled after a Ukrainian "selo", to serve our community for the next 50 years.
Residents will live in a home-like setting with a strong sense of community and family and will be able to enjoy the presence of younger generations. We've been a GTA eldercare landmark for nearly 50 years, and we’re still creating innovative ways to serve seniors every day as we welcome all elders to age with us. We are a nonprofit that provides care for the evolving needs of Ukrainians in the GTA as they age, from the very frailest to those who just need a little extra help in managing chronic conditions at home.
The $50 million Phase I deployment of our Selo strategy includes 183 long-term care, independent living garden and assisted living suites. This will enable spouses with different support requirements to not be separated by geography but to continue aging together on the same campus.
Phase II will extend the 'aging in place' market to include those recently retired 'baby boomers' seeking access to a Ukrainian cultural and social community while independently living in luxurious accommodations which may include condominiums and/or town homes on a purchase, life lease or other basis.
The Selo will eliminate the isolation and 'ghettoization' of senior living by embracing all generations (starting from infants) through a wide array of programs. The presence of youth will invigorate our older adults and enable direct intergenerational interaction and cross learning.
A daycare focusing on the Ukrainian-Canadian market (including children and grandchildren of staff and residents alike) will bring joy to our elders as many will want to become adopted 'didos' and 'babycias'. Community Partners will provide classes in Ukrainian folk art, cooking, dance, music, song and even gardening to a broad range of youth from kindergarten to high school. Day camps will be featured during the summer and school breaks that include older adult/children teams.
The Selo will become a Ukrainian 'Cultural Hub' leveraging Ivan Franko's renowned collection of Ukrainian art, ceramics, embroidered clothing, pysanky and folk art. These will be showcased both inside and along walking paths in display cases that regularly feature items from the museum archives.
Our recreation/fitness centre will include an exercise and rehabilitation pool. Ukrainian community groups will utilize our meeting rooms, as will families marking special events with their loved ones including our celebration room.
Residents in the long-term care and assisted living units will select from a menu of choices at the time that they wish to eat, as compared with retirement home norms of fixed seating hours with no menu selection. By deploying the leading Rational combi cooking system, Ivan Franko Homes will set a new standard of food preparation and delivery -- while benefiting from the efficiencies that this revolutionary approach brings (the same system that prepares state dinners in Ottawa for visiting prime ministers and presidents).
Residents in the independent senior apartments (whose units include kitchens) will be able to access this fine dining experience at their option by purchasing meals for themselves or their visiting families in their own restaurant/café.
Not all our Ukrainian community's older adults wish to leave their own or children's homes to reside in a retirement centre. As well, there are others who want to live at Ivan Franko but must wait until a unit becomes available, a duration that can be years. Yet they require support in their isolation and access to medical services and recreation.
Ivan Franko Homes has already led its Ukrainian retirement peers with a day program enabling seniors living independently or with families to spend two days weekly at our Winston Churchill residence. They participate in social, recreational and other activities alongside our own residents. This provides family members with some respite from full-time care of the parent or spouse and gives them comfort that their loved one is not isolated but interacting with others their age -- and making friends. In the Selo's Phase I, this day program will be expanded to 42 visitors.
We will be able to arrange for the delivery of 'virtual' medical support to those living in their homes or with their children through a next generation 'home care' medical platform. Read about Medical Platform.
With average ages of long-term care and assisted living residents being well into the high-80s and even those in independent living units being in their early to mid-80s, elder care is often intertwined with medical care.
The Ivan Franko Selo will include an on-site suite of medical doctors, proficient in the Ukrainian language, who will be available to the residents as well as to the broader community. All care personnel will use tablets to record and access electronic medical records and enable virtual communication with a full care team. Powered by a 'CRM for patients', this on-line care coordination system or healthcare platform will provide real-time health status, medications, treatment regimes and (provided the resident consents) family input and access to the data. The platform will enable distant family members to communicate with the healthcare team electronically and receive updates on the status of their loved ones.
President, Ivan Franko Homes
"The true measure of a community is how well it respects and supports its elderly. Ivan Franko Homes provides a loving and caring environment for Ukrainian seniors. After a lifetime of contributing to our community, overcoming challenges and raising families, our seniors deserve nothing less than the best. Today is your opportunity to make a significant investment in the lives of our parents and loved ones."
Ivan Franko Homes was founded by Dr. Eugenia Pasternak, a renowned gerontologist, who served as our President for almost five decades. Her vision was to address the growing number of elderly Ukrainians in Canada requiring culturally sensitive assisted and independent retirement living and long-term care. Dr. Pasternak established a residence continuing the Ukrainian traditions that were part of their lives since childhood.
Over its first 50 years, Ivan Franko Homes grew from a 24-resident home at High Park Gardens in Toronto to both a long-term care home at 767 Royal York Road in Toronto and an 11-acre site at 3058 Winston Churchill Blvd., with a building that offers Senior Apartments with Support Services. Today our Homes serve approximately 160 seniors. Read More