Ehatare Retirement and Nursing Home is privately owned and operated by the not-for-profit Estonian Relief Committee in Canada (ERC)/Eesti Abistamiskomitee Kanadas (EAK) to serve the needs of our ageing Estonian population.

Construction of the Retirement Home was completed at the end of 1981, with the first residents occupying rooms in January of 1982.

Ehatare Retirement Home is now offering upgraded boutique style single rooms, suites and couples rooms. Our current capacity is for 80 residents in the Retirement Home and the 4th floor Nursing Home has 30 beds, creating a small family-style community. The Retirement and Nursing homes each have their own dining rooms and our 4th floor features a bright solarium with a panoramic view surrounded by nature creating an uplifting environment.

This facility endeavours to enhance the quality of life of our residents. We believe that through the provision of a safe, modern facility and competent, caring staff, our residents will have the best possible experience every day .

As Ehatare is celebrating its 40th anniversary, we are embarking on a feasibility study of what we can and should provide for our community going forward. Over the years the “Ageing-at-home” approach has encouraged the elderly to live in their homes as long as possible. What needs do these community members and their caregivers face? Ehatare aims to provide services that are important now and going forward, which may include activities and care for those at home and temporary stays (respite services) for when caregivers are not available. What are the needs of our community members “at home”, and for RH and/or NH level care going forward when the time comes? Your help in this process by filling out this survey is a valued contribution to the future direction for the upcoming decades of Ehatare.

The complete survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes. All questions are optional, but the more complete your response, the better it helps our organization provide services that would best help our community. All personal information such as names, telephone numbers and email addresses will remain confidential. Individual survey answers will not be linked to any specific person / respondent when results are tallied. Surveys can also be submitted anonymously by leaving that information blank at the bottom of the survey.

SECTION - I


1. Are you participating in this survey as:

Other

2. Are you or the person you are responding for:

3. Are you or the person you are responding for:

4. Are you or the person you are responding for:

Other

5. Are you or the person you are responding for currently:

Other

6. If you, or the person you are responding for, are currently independent is it likely a caregiver or some assistance at home may be needed in the next:

7. If you, or the person you are responding for, are no longer able to live independently is it likely that you will choose to live:

8. If you, or the person you are responding for, are currently living with family or dependent on another person’s help to accomplish daily or weekly needs, please check all areas where you receive assistance (check all that apply):

Other

Other

Other

9. Who is providing assistance to accomplish the needs above?

Other

10. If Ehatare or the Estonian Relief Committee could provide services to support your/ their ageing-at-home as noted in question #8, would you prefer to have assistance from a member of the Estonian Community?

11. If Ehatare or the Estonian Relief Committee could provide services to support your/their ageing-at-home as noted in question #8, would you pay or contribute to the cost of that service?

12. If you, or the person you are responding for, are planning to age-at-home is accessibility to Estonian social events important?



SECTION - II

The following questions measure the importance of certain characteristics and services if you, or the person you are responding for, decide to move to a Retirement and/or Nursing Home.


13. Are you, or the person you are responding for, considering residence at a retirement home in the next:

14. If residence at a retirement home is being considered, is Ehatare part of those plans?

15. Are you, or the person you are responding for, considering residence at a nursing home in the next:

16. If residence at a nursing home is being considered, is Ehatare part of those plans?



SECTION - III

Ehatare Retirement Home has full autonomy to accept residents of Estonian heritage who feel they need a little assistance with daily living. Over the years residents have come to Ehatare later in life, to the point where the average age of a resident in our retirement home is now more than 90. In response to that trend, additional fee-based assisted living services are provided upon request. Please think about future need for such RH services for our Estonian community.


17. How important is it to have a menu of predominantly Estonian cuisine?

18. How dependent are you on a menu catering to special needs or preferences?

19. How important is it to have a high-end dining option?

20. How frequently would you make reservations to dine with visiting family and/or friends?

21. How important is budget and costs of a room to your selection of a retirement home?

22. If Ehatare was your/ their choice, what type of retirement room would you reside in?

23. How often would you/ they attend church services?

24. If Ehatare is in your/ their plans, what activities would you/ they participate in? (Please check all applicable)

Other

25. If Ehatare was not in your/ their plans, what reasons would be behind that decision? (Please check all applicable)

Other




SECTION - IV

Ehatare’s Nursing Home (NH) was opened in March 1995 after a fourth floor was added to the building. Ehatare NH residents receive 24/7 care. In Ontario, Nursing Homes are regulated and benefit from funding by the provincial government, which subsidizes the cost to NH residents. Government agencies such as Home and Community Care Support Services (HCCSS) determine who is eligible to be admitted to long-term care and manage the wait lists. In order to move to Ehatare NH (4th floor), application must be made to the HCCSS. Often our retirement home residents would like to ‘move upstairs’ as their care requirements increase, but that move is not automatic and can only be done when an application is approved by government agencies. During the pandemic, government agencies have taken a more active role in directing residents to our care and, at this time, we are fortunate to have 2/3 of our NH capacity support Estonian residents. Please think about future NH care needs for our community members going forward.



26. If Ehatare was your/ their choice, what type of nursing home room would you/ they reside in?

27. How important is Ehatare’s location in your/ their decision to move to Ehatare when the time comes?

28. Is Ehatare’s location convenient or acceptable to you /them, your/ their family or caregiver/ POA?

29. How important is it that the Home you/ they live in be exclusively for residents of Estonian heritage?

30. How important is it to have programs, activities and entertainment predominantly in Estonian?



SECTION - V

This section of the survey measures the importance of certain features, characteristics and services as the organization considers the viability and sustainability of a major update to our facility or development of new retirement and/or nursing (long-term care) spaces which may lead to a new Home.

Please Note: References to other_ European cultures refers to Finnish, German, Swedish, Danish and other_ Baltic and/or Scandinavian cultures.


31. What facilities do you/ they desire in a Home that you/ they would move to? (Please check all applicable and note that many are currently available at Ehatare)

Other

32. If a newly updated or developed Ehatare added many of the features checked off in question #31 that currently do not exist, would you/ they be willing to pay more for a room based on your/ their access to those facilities?

33. Ehatare currently does not have dedicated special needs spaces, so how important is it to have dedicated retirement and/or long-term care space devoted to Alzheimer’s/dementia care?

34. Ehatare currently does not have dedicated special needs spaces, so how important is it to have dedicated retirement and/or long-term care space devoted to mobility support and/or care for Parkinson’s disease?

35. Ehatare currently does not have dedicated special needs spaces, so how important is it to have dedicated retirement and/or long-term care space devoted to sensory loss (visual and/or hearing impairment)?

36. Ehatare currently does not have special needs dedicated spaces, so how important is it to have dedicated retirement and/or long-term care space devoted to other specialized physical or mental health conditions?




SECTION - VI

New service offerings under consideration for the future include day visits (regular working hours) and spa-type rests.
Respite services currently available at Ehatare provide family caregivers with a needed break from ongoing responsibilities, enabling them to help keep the person they care for at home or in another_ setting. Health assessments are made on each applicant before providing the service. We are interested in learning about family caregivers who provide a few hours to around the clock assistance for a family member with a disability, chronic illness, life changing injury or other limitation of daily activities. Your responses will help the Estonian Relief Committee assess the viability of expanding respite type services.



37. If you are a family caregiver, have you ever used or sought respite services?

38. As a family caregiver, why would/do you seek respite services? (Check all that apply.)

Other

39. How often do you need respite care services? (Select one choice.)

Other

40. If respite services are of interest or used currently, please tell us from the listed items which is most important, important, less important, and least important to you. (Check only one response per column.)

Affordability:


Available when needed:


Easily Accessible:


Meets the special needs of my loved one:


41. If respite services are currently used, who provides the primary caregiver with respite services? (Check all that apply.)

Other

42. If you are a family caregiver that uses respite services, is the amount that you receive now satisfying your needs?

43. Do respite services enable you to care for your loved one(s) at home or allow them to age-at-home?




SECTION - VII - GENERAL



44. Please list any key features, not noted above, that you believe would attract Estonian retirees to Ehatare retirement residence.

45. Please list any key features, not noted above, that you believe would attract Estonian seniors to Ehatare nursing home for long-term care.


46. With the current selection of retirement rooms, facilities and services featured at Ehatare, I can think of individual(s) (including myself as applicable) who would likely move to Ehatare Retirement Home within the next 5 years.

47. With the current selection of nursing (long-term care) rooms, facilities and services featured at Ehatare, I can think of individual(s)s (including myself as applicable) who would likely move to Ehatare Nursing Home within the next 5 years.

48. If Ehatare Retirement Home provided most, if not all, of the features and services noted and checked off in questions 24, 31 and 44 above, I can think of individual(s) (including myself as applicable) who would likely move to Ehatare Retirement Home within the next 5 years.

49. If Ehatare Nursing Home provided most, if not all, of the features and services noted and checked off in questions 24, 31 and 45 above, I can think of individual(s) (including myself as applicable) who would likely move to Ehatare Nursing Home within the next 5 years.

50. Are you already on a waiting list for a retirement room at Ehatare?

51. Are you already on a waiting list for a nursing (long-term care) space at Ehatare?

52. Are you already on a waiting list for a room at another retirement residence?

53. Are you already on a waiting list for a space at another nursing (long-term care) home?

54. Who will help you in your search and applying for retirement or nursing home room?

Other

55. Any other comments or suggestions:

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