Marty Joiner’s life reflective of what Lifetime Achievement Award represents

Pictured above, Blanche Joiner, the wife of former Forest Hill resident Marty Joiner, holds Marty’s Lifetime Achievement Award, surrounded by her family.

Former Forest Hill resident was dedicated to his country, family and other residents

It’s fitting Forest Hill resident Marcel “Marty” Joiner received the Ottawa-area long-term care home’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, as he was the epitome of a person whose life reflected all areas of what the award represents. Read more

Kelly Desjardins’ work ethic, willingness to help others earns her Inspired Leadership Award

Forest Hill office manager Kelly Desjardins, pictured above, received the Ottawa-area long-term care home’s 2017 Inspired Leadership Award at a recent ceremony. Kelly was nominated for the honour because she incorporates OMNI’s mission, vision and values into her work every day.

Forest Hill’s office manager is always going above and beyond to make sure everything is running smoothly, says administrator

Office manager Kelly Desjardins demonstrates leadership by incorporating OMNI Health Care’s mission, vision and values into her work each day at Forest Hill. Read more

PSW’s ‘big heart,’ ‘caring’ nature and ‘relentless’ commitment to residents, earns her Everyday Hero Award

Pictured above, Forest Hill PSW Maria Moskito holds her Everyday Hero Award in front of a cake dedicated in her honour at a recent ceremony.

Forest Hill’s Maria Moskito brings OMNI’s mission, vision and values to the home each day, co-workers say

Having a “big heart,” being “caring” and “relentless” – these are some of the words Maria Moskito’s colleagues use to describe the Forest Hill personal support worker (PSW). Read more

Eunice Howe says Frost Manor’s ‘resident focus’ kept her working there 29 years

Frost Manor life enrichment aide Eunice Howe is seen here with her retirement party cake on April 5. Eunice will be retiring after serving the home for 29 years.

LEA says she plans to volunteer at Lindsay LTC home in her retirement

Life enrichment aide (LEA) Eunice Howe will soon be retiring after working 29 years at Frost Manor, but she says she does not plan to stray too far from the Lindsay long-term care home – she would just miss everyone too much. Read more

Forest Hill revamping Snoezelen room to better meet residents’ needs

Staff plans to use Snoezelen interventions to prevent agitation as well as teach families how they can use the room

Forest Hill has been busy revamping its Snoezelen room to better meet residents’ needs, and staff members say they’re planning to have the freshly renovated room completed in the coming weeks. Read more

Forest Hill remembers resident Joan Leclaire as a ‘true inspiration’

Joan Leclaire is seen here with the Lifetime Achievement Award she received from Forest Hill in September.

Residents, families and staff are saddened by her sudden passing

Joan Leclaire is being remembered as a much-loved Forest Hill resident who was a “true inspiration” as an outspoken advocate for others living at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home and as someone who made a profound impact on people. Read more

LEA underscores value of including families in programming

Life enrichment aide Shannon Lynch (left) and personal support worker Becky Smith (right) join outreach worker France Jalbert (centre) as she plays her ukulele for residents at Forest Hill.

‘I have so many family members who want to come in for certain programs, just because they see the joy that the programming is giving their loved ones’

Life enrichment aide (LEA) Shannon Lynch says she engages Forest Hill’s residents’ family members in programming for two reasons: it makes everyone happy and family members get to see first-hand how their loved one’s quality of life is being enhanced. Read more

LEA discusses strengths needed when leading programming for residents with cognitive impairment

‘You have to adapt to the environment, the situation and the behaviour at the moment’

Forest Hill life enrichment aide (LEA) Shannon Lynch says leading programming with residents who have cognitive impairment requires team members to focus on preventing responsive behaviours while being a multitasker who is caring for each resident’s needs. Read more

Family member commends Forest Hill’s Diner’s Club for bringing residents and families together

A scene from one of Forest Hill’s monthly Diner’s Club get-togethers. Pictured clockwise from left: Annette Bisson-Soroka, Christine Soroka, Brian Osborne and Linda Osborne.

Christine Soroka says monthly program is an excellent social tool

Christine Soroka says Forest Hill’s monthly Diner’s Club provides a unique atmosphere for the Kanata long-term care home’s residents and families to break bread and get to know one another. Read more

Trip to War Museum reunites Forest Hill resident with WW2 tank

Marty Joiner is seen here with the tank he rode in during the Second World War, Forceful III, at the Canadian War Museum.

Forest Hill resident Marty Joiner is seen here with the tank he rode in during the Second World War, Forceful III, at the Canadian War Museum.

Veteran Marty Joiner says outing ‘brought back a lot of memories’ of the Sherman tank he called home during war

A Sept. 29 outing to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa was a trip back in time for Marcel “Marty” Joiner, the Forest Hill resident says. Read more