The Ontario Finnish Resthome Association (OFRA) is a non-profit charitable organization founded in September 1971. It originated with a group of Finnish individuals whose goal was simple – build a home for seniors of Finnish and Estonian descent. Recognizing the fact that immigrants often revert back to their native tongue as they age, the founders wanted to be able to provide their ancestors with a home-like setting rich in Finnish culture and traditions. While OFRA continues to honour its Finnish and Estonian roots, over the past four decades, it has evolved into what could be described as a microcosm of the “Canadian Experience”.
Today, the Ontario Finnish Resthome Association is a mosaic of diverse cultures, a retirement community offering safe and affordable homes to all seniors in the District of Algoma. OFRA operates under the guiding principle that each resident be provided with the best environment possible within which they are able to maintain an optimum level of functioning and maximize the quality of their daily life. Physically, OFRA is a seniors’ residential community comprised of three sites:
- two independent living apartment buildings;
- an assisted living facility for seniors who require some support with their daily living activities; and
- a nursing home that provides 24 hour access to healthcare services.
As we plan for the future, our goal is to ensure that OFRA continues to excel in providing a continuance of multi-level care designed to meet the needs of seniors within the District of Algoma. With the ever growing shortage of affordable housing options, particularly for pensioned and low-income seniors, and a rapidly growing aging population, we must take action now to ensure we will continue to meet their needs for years to come.
To provide accommodation, care and other supportive services for the health and welfare of aged persons in keeping with their special needs and wishes, without regard to race, colour, creed, nationality or place of origin in an atmosphere conducive to the social and individual dignity and well-being of the aged.