The survey, which was independently conducted by Paul Dowling Consulting, asked tenants how satisfied they were with programs and services offered by the Scarborough-based seniors’ complex.
The survey focused solely on tenants living in the senior complex, with a 95 per cent response rate. Similarly, the last survey conducted in 2007, had a 92 per cent response rate. Pam Waintraub, chair of the board of directors at Momiji, says these numbers show tenants’ voices are being represented.
“Not only do they feel engaged that they’ll participate in the survey process, they must also believe that it makes a difference,” Waintraub said.
The survey’s purpose is to give residents an anonymous way to voice their opinions, complaints and compliments, and how Momiji can address problems. The results will later be presented to the tenants by the independent consulting service as a way to keep the issues brought up in the survey in mind.
“One of the things we really want to know is what we could do better,” Birgitte Robertson, executive director at Momiji, said. “With this we actually get specifics, like yes we actually need to provide more Japanese pickles.”
The questions in the survey were divided and rated in seven sections, such as: building and maintenance, meals and transportation service. Each section individually rated satisfaction levels over 90 per cent. One of the highest rated sections was support services and client intervention services, at 100 per cent. Robertson cites this success to a great staff team.
“I have worked in this field for over 40 years,” Robertson said. “The staff in here are basically the most caring, loving staff that I have ever met.”
Waintraub points out that with a 100 per cent satisfaction rate, people may be skeptical. The survey was conducted by an independent third party. All of the surveys were completed anonymously and handed out in both Japanese and English. Tenants completed the surveys on their own, except for a few who were too frail to do so, and were assisted by a student or Japanese-speaking temporary worker so they were not excluded from voicing their opinion, Waintraub said.
The reason tenants are satisfied with living at Momiji, and what separates it from other seniors’ residents, is the sense of community it creates for residents, Waintraub said.
“Not only do residents live here, they have responsibilities, they look out for each other, the staff knows them by name and it’s a real community of care. So you have the nosy neighbours, you have the bossy neighbours, you have the gossip, but you also have people who help you and look out for you,” Waintraub said.
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