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Programs And Services

Villa Cathay is a non-profit long-term residential senior care home, established in the Strathcona neighbourhood since 1978. Whether it is a simple heartfelt greeting, a traditional Chinese meal, or simply someone to talk to, our seniors are surrounded by love, treated with respect, and supported in living with dignity through our quality individualized professional care. Our interdisciplinary approach assures that physical health and psychological wellbeing are equally emphasized. 

We understand that transitioning to a care home and rebuilding the sense of wellbeing and self-worth can be a stressful process, but our team is committed to working with you to ease this transition. Villa Cathay develops holistic and individualized care plans to meet each resident’s care needs, preferences, and characteristics.

Programs and Services:

Professional Health Care

Villa Cathay is empowered by a team of passionate and professional health care team. We have Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Care Aides on site 24/7 to care for our seniors.

Our team works closely with the resident’s physician, the contracted pharmacist, visiting physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other external providers to achieve high-quality individualized care.

We have professionally trained care aides who work collaboratively with residents, family members who assist residents with the required daily activities for personal care. This includes assisted eating, personal hygiene, grooming, dressing, toileting and mobility, which is provided to complement each senior’s ability to live as safely and independently as possible.

More about our team can be found here.

Recreational Activities

We design our programs to encompass a full cultural experience. We encourage residents to interact with each other and  to remain engaged with the community at large. Some of the programs and activities we offer include:

  • exercises & games
  • crafts
  • celebrations for special events
  • religious services
  • television & movies and summer outings (June – September)

We hope that through these activities, our residents can continue to engage life to the fullest as they would in their own homes.

Dietary Program

Every day, our residents enjoy a rotating menu of Chinese cuisines, with additional afternoon & evening snacks. Our registered dietitians design and supervise the process to ensure that we meet the individual dietary needs of all our residents.

We have an on-site kitchen team who prepare our nutritional meals with fresh ingredients every day. Alternative nutritious entrees and vegetarian options are available on request.

Housekeeping Services

We provide housekeeping services to all residents, using certified eco-friendly products whenever possible.

Laundry service is for personal clothing. Specialty items are available with a surcharge.


We have an in-house Social Worker who supports residents and families from the day of admission. We pay particular attention to changes related to the residents’ health and emotional conditions.

Our Social Worker advocates for the practical and psycho-social needs of all new residents. Supportive counseling is provided to both residents and family members during the transition.

Our Social Worker may also assist with advance care planning, liaise with government benefits offices, and facilitate access to HandyDART services, Red Cross equipment loan program and Public Guardian and Trustee. For a complete list of external services click here.

Resident Handbook

The Villa Cathay Resident Handbook is a great resource for seniors and families who are newly moving into Villa Cathay. It answers some of the most common questions you might have about moving into a residential care home. The Resident Handbook also offers guidelines and policies for the Villa Cathay community. It is available download in the below link:

Resident Handbook – English

We are currently working on the Chinese version of the Resident Handbook and hope to have it up shortly. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Professional care, a culturally focused environment, and the comfort of home make Villa Cathay a special and unique place to meet the needs of our seniors and their families.

Szuchi Lee, Executive Director

If you, or a loved one is interested in taking a tour of Villa Cathay, please book a tour via our contact form! Our social worker will reach out to you ASAP.

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