A taste of Mexico comes to Forest Hill for Cinco de Mayo

Forest Hill resident Margaret Bryce and LEA Karime Chavolla are seen here during the home’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Residents treated to celebration of Mexican culture

Forest Hill residents celebrated Mexican culture May 5 when the Ottawa-area long-term care home hosted a Cinco de Mayo party that featured Mexican food, music and even a presentation about Mexico’s national holiday. Read more

Volunteer musical trio honoured with OLTCA awards for work with Forest Hill residents

Left to right, Forest Hill volunteer musicians Pat Hennessey, Andrew McWeeny and Gerry Armstrong hold the OLTCA Circle of Excellence awards they were presented with on April 18.

Gerry Armstrong, Andrew McWeeny and Pat Hennessey are not only favourite entertainers at the home, their music helps residents affected by cognitive impairment

Forest Hill on April 18 presented three of its volunteer musicians with Circle of Excellence awards from the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) to honour their contributions to residents. Read more

Winter Games helps Forest Hill life enrichment team increase programming participation

Forest Hill residents pose with their medals at the close of the Winter Games on Feb. 26. The Ottawa-area long-term care home hosted events to coincide the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Hosting Olympic-themed activation increased resident participation, says LEC Craig Forrest.

Life enrichment team adds Olympic twist to scheduled events, much to residents’ enjoyment

Embracing the spirit of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games proved to be the perfect way to increase participation in activities at Forest Hill, says the Ottawa-area long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC). Read more

Residents’ choice lunch program brings Forest Hill residents their favourite meals

Life enrichment and dietary departments work together to enhance quality mealtimes

A lunch program at Forest Hill started with a simple request in 2016. Some of the Ottawa-area long-term care home’s residents were craving club sandwiches and asked for them to be available on the lunch menu. Read more

Forest Hill LEA comes up with a ‘picture-perfect’ surprise for residents’ families

Forest Hill resident Barbara McWeeny poses for a Christmas photo that was taken by LEA Rita Gurova.

Rita Gurova photographs 144 residents and sends the pictures to families as gifts

Just before Christmas, Forest Hill life enrichment aide (LEA) Rita Gurova decided to marry her passion for photography with her passion for working with the Ottawa-area long-term care home’s residents. Read more

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