Frost Manor team serves sophisticated lunch to say thanks to volunteers

‘You can’t put a price tag on everything volunteers do’

Frost Manor volunteers were recently served a sophisticated lunch as a show of appreciation from the Lindsay long-term care home’s management team. Read more

Frost Manor wins prize in OLTCA letter-writing contest


Home’s stakeholders send 284 letters to government officials to raise awareness of LTC sector’s needs

Frost Manor has taken second place in the one-to-79-bed category of the Ontario Long Term Care Association’s (OLTCA’s) Better Seniors’ Care letter-writing campaign. Read more

Rapport volunteers build with LTC residents, staff is enriching

Volunteer Hands

Ann Gray reflects on 5 years of donating her time to Frost Manor

Ann Gray began volunteering at Frost Manor in 2010, shortly after her father moved into the Lindsay long-term care home. Read more

Community connection saves Easter dinner for LTC residents


Frost Manor LEC commends Lindsay legion for organizing Easter dinner for 75 residents

Frost Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Vi O’Leary is extending her thanks to the Lindsay branch of the Royal Canadian Legion for its help ensuring about 75 residents from several long-term care communities had a meaningful Easter supper. Read more

OMNI culinary talent will be showcased at LTC convention


Neil MacDonald and Chris Weber hosting session on cooking with exotic ingredients

Neil MacDonald and Chris Weber are no strangers when working together in a kitchen. Read more

Frost Manor reporting increased rate of improved behaviours

Staff interventions credited for success

Frost Manor is significantly above the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s benchmark for its rate of improved behaviours, according to the latest data. Read more

Resident sewing group presents dignity quilt to Frost Manor

Project to make quilt engaged a large group of people

A group of residents along with life enrichment aide Eunice Howe recently presented a dignity quilt they made to Frost Manor. Read more

Frost Manor makes lemonade from lemons

Barbecue provided for residents whose camping trip was cancelled at the last minute

When an annual camping trip was cancelled for Frost Manor residents, the Lindsay long-term care home’s life enrichment team pulled together to make the best of a disappointing situation.

Frost Manor residents and staff members have gone to Eaglewood Resort in Pefferlaw, Ont. every September for the past 10 years for a three-day camping trip. Eight residents and staff members were ready to go on this year’s outing Sept. 10-12, however, at the last moment the outing was called off due to a warning about E. Coli contamination in Lake Simcoe.

Residents had been excited about the trip, and life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Vi O’Leary and others were saddened to have to break the unfortunate news to them. Still, the team wanted to do something to make up for it, so they organized a barbecue for the eight people — complete with steaks and beer.

News of the cancellation was especially tough on four residents who went to Eaglewood Resort last year and had a great time, O’Leary says.

“All the residents who were going were really looking forward to the trip,” the LEC says. “The first night that we were (at the camp) we would have had happy hour and then a barbecue, so we did those things here.”

The nutritional care department also provided a helping hand by preparing the steaks, potatoes and caesar salad for everyone, O’Leary adds.

“It was the best we could do — we had to do something,” she says. “But we will go (to Eaglewood Resort) again. We will see what another year brings.”

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Check out this unique version of roast chicken

Best Dressed Winner

Meal earns cook Kathy Pratt ‘best dressed plate’ at Frost Manor

Thursday, July 10, 2014 — Deron Hamel

When it comes to serving meals for long-term care home residents, presentation is almost as important as taste, so kitchen staff must pay keen attention to culinary preparations to ensure meals are appetizing to both the palate and the eye.

Frost Manor cook Kathy Pratt has these areas covered in a dish she created that won top honours for a “best dressed plate” contest at the Lindsay long-term care home. Frost Manor hosted the contest as part of OMNI Health Care’s ongoing Quality Matters initiative.

Pratt’s creation consists of roasted chicken slices lightly covered with a honey-garlic sauce accompanied by roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts.

Neil MacDonald, Frost Manor’s nutritional care manager, is applauding the ingenuity that Pratt put into her roast chicken.

“There’s great creativity with Kathy’s dish,” he says. “She really took a nice approach to the plate, with the protein (the chicken) fanned out in the middle with the potatoes and the vegetables staggered around the dish, which really emphasized the balance of the plate with a nice focal point of the chicken in the middle with the sauce. There was some nice colour balance.”

MacDonald says Pratt’s chicken dish is indicative of the new wave of food served today in long-term care homes. While kitchen staff must follow the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s nutritional guidelines, OMNI encourages creative, from-scratch cooking in its 18 homes.

“Lately, the focus has been on plating and garnishing, and making the food more presentable,” he says.

On a recent episode of Top Chef Canada, a judge disparagingly remarked that two contestants from the cooking reality show had created dishes that resembled “nursing-home food.”

In response, Chris Weber, OMNI’s operations manager of nutrition and food services, wants to show the world just what “nursing-home food” really is and how chefs and cooks working in the long-term care sector can produce top-quality dishes as good as anyone.

Using the hashtag #NursingHomeFood on social-media networks Twitter and Facebook, Weber and The OMNIway are collaborating in the coming weeks to showcase some of the top-notch food being prepared at OMNI’s 18 long-term care homes.

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Frost Manor the recipient of a random act of kindness

Volunteer group stops by home to spruce up garden area

The area surrounding Frost Manor’s garden is looking better than ever, thanks to a local volunteer group’s hard work on June 7.

LOL: Love on Lindsay is a community beautification initiative in Lindsay that involves volunteers taking time to perform painting, gardening and landscaping chores around town. Read more