NP announcement ‘exciting,’ says Frost Manor nurse

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Nancy Lafete commends province for funding 75 in-house NPs over three years

March 12, 2014 — Deron Hamel

When long-term care residents need medical attention that cannot be provided by in-house nursing staff, they often need to be transferred to hospital. But when homes have access to a nurse practitioner (NP) this transfer is usually avoided — and the more transfers can be avoided the better, says Nancy Lafete.

Lafete, a charge nurse at Frost Manor, says the province’s March 3 announcement that 75 in-house NPs will be funded over the next three years is “exciting” news for Ontario long-term care homes. More NPs, she says, will help enhance quality of life for residents.

She has seen the strong value NPs bring to residents through Frost Manor’s involvement with the Central East Local Health Integration Network’s (LHIN’s) Nurse Practitioners Supporting Teams Averting Transfers (NPSTAT) program.

For about four years, the Lindsay long-term care home’s residents requiring medical treatment normally provided in hospital have had access to NP Sarah Reynolds through the initiative.

The result, says Lafete, has been that residents get to remain in their home for treatment.

“It’s really nice to have that support,” Lafete says. “The residents . . . stay comfortable here in their own surroundings; (the program) is working very well.”

NPs visit long-term care homes to provide on-site care for medical issues that front-line staff members are unable to treat. Some of their work includes writing prescriptions for antibiotics, administering IV therapies, doing post-fall assessments and performing G-tube reinsertions.

Michelle Acorn, the NP lead at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa, says the province’s announcement is good news for long-term care homes across Ontario.

She adds that NPs are a good fit for the long-term care sector.

“They know how to look after all ages and stages of health; they know how to look after seniors as well,” she says.

NPs are also focused on preventative care. When residents experience urinary tract infections, falls or wounds, NP’s will examine the causes and suggest measures that can be taken to prevent future occurrences, Acorn notes.

As part of the funding, long-term care homes that successfully apply but are unable to recruit an NP will be able to access the province’s new Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner in Long-Term Care program.

Once launched in 2015-16, this initiative will support homes in providing registered nurses with the education and training to become NPs.

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Frost Manor Valentine’s luncheon a hallmark of home’s culture

Residents and their spouses are seen here enjoying a Valentine's Day lunch at Frost Manor.

Residents and their spouses are seen here enjoying a Valentine’s Day lunch at Frost Manor.

‘Knowing how much the residents enjoy the luncheon makes it all worthwhile’

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — Deron Hamel

The Frost Manor team once again gave a 100 per cent effort into making this year’s annual Valentine’s Day luncheon a success, and this was evident by the smiles on the faces of six happy couples who attended the event, says life enrichment co-ordinator Vi O’Leary.

As with past years, the Feb. 14 event saw dietary staff members create a special luncheon of lasagna, caesar salad and non-alcoholic wine, while life enrichment staff pitched in decorating the Lindsay long-term care home in red to mark the spirit of the occasion. Each of the six ladies received a red rose, courtesy of the home.

The Frost Manor team always goes the extra mile for resident couples on Valentine’s Day because it’s an occasion that means a lot to the men and women, O’Leary says. One of the couples attending this year’s luncheon lives at the home, while the other five couples have one spouse each living at Frost Manor and the other living at home.

What makes Valentine’s Day so special at Frost Manor is the fact that some of the couples don’t get a chance to spend much time together, says O’Leary. By hosting the event, staff members are promoting quality of life for residents and their spouses, she says.

“The next day I was talking to one of the residents, and she thanked us for having the luncheon and she thanked us for giving each of the ladies a rose,” O’Leary says, adding the spouses living outside the home also comment on how the luncheon is important to them.

“Knowing how much the residents enjoy the luncheon makes it all worthwhile.”

On Feb. 13, Frost Manor hosted a Valentine’s party, to make sure all residents were included in festivities that go along with the occasion.

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Frost Manor shows OMNI pride during local parade

Participation in event draws attention from community

November 22, 2013 — Deron Hamel 

Once again, Frost Manor participated in the annual Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus Parade, which served as an opportunity to bring the home to the forefront in the Lindsay community, while offering a good time for some residents and staff members.

The Frost Manor team poses in front of the OMNI van during the Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus Parade.

The Frost Manor team poses in front of the OMNI van during the Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus Parade.

Decked out in costumes, the management team from the Lindsay long-term care home marched in front of the OMNI van, carrying a banner reading, “Frost Manor, Long-Term Care, Our Passion is People.” Other staff members and residents rode in the van during the Nov. 17 event.

Initially, the home planned to build a float, as it did last year, but because inclement weather was forecasted, the group decided to march in front of the van instead, notes life enrichment co-ordinator Vi O’Leary.

The home entered a float in last year’s parade, which was the first time Frost Manor had participated in the event in 20 years.

It’s an event O’Leary says she wants to see the home continue participating in because it brings positive exposure from the community.

“And it’s a lot of fun,” she adds, noting the three residents who joined staff members also had a fun day.

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