Garden Terrace toasts staff members during National Nursing Week

Pictured above, team members from Garden Terrace pose in nursing hats made by director of care Michelle Dawson during National Nursing Week.

Managers host daily events to acknowledge staff and their work

Front-line staff members at Garden Terrace were celebrated for their hard work and dedication to residents and to each other during National Nursing Week. Read more

Christmas season is in full swing at Garden Terrace

Garden Terrace resident Connie MacCallum is seen here with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the Ottawa-area long-term care home’s annual Light Up the Courtyard event.

Garden Terrace resident Connie MacCallum is seen here with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the Ottawa-area long-term care home’s annual Light Up the Courtyard event.

Residents, family members and staff celebrating the holidays together

The Christmas season is in high gear at Garden Terrace, where residents and staff members have embraced spirit of the holidays by decorating the Ottawa-area long-term care home and hosting its annual Christmas-light celebration. Read more

Appreciating Jeff Bedley’s dependability, loyalty – and contagious smile

Jeff Bedley enjoying a recent Family Fun Day at Garden Terrace.

Jeff Bedley enjoying a recent Family Fun Day at Garden Terrace.

Garden Terrace’s resident services co-ordinator chosen as Inspired Leader

Jeff Bedley says he likes to smile and have fun at work – and then watch that energy spread. “If the staff see (you smiling and having fun), then they will do it as well and then it spreads through the home,” the Garden Terrace resident services co-ordinator tells The OMNIway. Read more

Everyday Hero awardee brings her heart to work

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Evelyn Dos Santos’ helpful, smiling presence gets noticed at Garden Terrace

“My heart is in this home.” That’s how Evelyn Dos Santos describes her relationship with  Garden Terrace, where she works as a housekeeping aide. Read more

Residents council votes to put winning funds into a day of celebration

Puppeteers were among the guests of the Family Fun Day held Aug. 20 at Garden Terrace.

Puppeteers were among the guests of the Family Fun Day held Aug. 20 at Garden Terrace.

Garden Terrace Family Fun Day made possible through campaign win

The Garden Terrace residents’ council voted to host a Family Fun Day with the funds the council received as a result of Garden Terrace winning an award in this year’s Better Seniors’ Care campaign. Read more

Garden Terrace takes top honours in OLTCA letter-writing campaign

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Social media, in-house advertising helps home place first in its category

Utilizing social media and advertising the Better Seniors’ Care campaign throughout Garden Terrace helped the Kanata long-term care home receive top honours in this year’s letter-writing contest aimed at improving funding for Ontario’s long-term care sector. Read more

(VIDEO) Four OMNI homes get creative to highlight quality

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In today’s video series, four OMNI Health Care homes demonstrate their knowledge of quality and quality improvement with creative skits ranging from a take on a popular talk show to a showdown between an angel and a devil. Read more

Garden Terrace RN spearheading campaign to help people affected by Alberta wildfire

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Garden Terrace

Meredith Tomas is even using vacation days to help with relief effort

If helping others facing a major crisis became an Olympic event, Garden Terrace registered nurse Meredith Tomas would surely win gold. Read more

Social media helping Garden Terrace get signatures for Better Seniors’ Care campaign

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Home already has 200 more signed letters than last year and is ‘hoping for more’

Garden Terrace is discovering that social media is an effective tool for engaging people in the importance of obtaining more government funding for Ontario long-term care homes.

The Ontario Long Term Care Association’s (OLTCA’s) Better Seniors’ Care campaign and letter-writing contest will be on until spring, and Garden Terrace has already received 200 more signatures on letters advocating for more long-term care funding than last year.

As part of the campaign, the letters will be sent to the office of the local MPP.

Life enrichment co-ordinator Sylvia Monette says team members have been using Twitter and Facebook to connect with people. This has helped Garden Terrace receive about 700 signed campaign letters, she says, adding the home is “hoping for more.”

In 2015, Garden Terrace received 516 signatures, earning the Ottawa-area long-term care home the second-place prize in the contest’s category for homes with 133 or more beds.

After last year’s campaign, Garden Terrace was awarded a prize of $300 for its achievement. The money was donated to the home’s residents’ council. OMNI Health Care matched the prize dollar for dollar, so the home received $600.

“This year the life enrichment staff is once again trying to reach as many residents, families, visitors and staff (as possible),” Monette says. “The (life enrichment) department has been set up so that we can send letters on anyone’s behalf with their approval.”

This year’s Better Seniors’ Care campaign is focused on the need for more funding in four areas:

– Making long-term care homes safer and more modern

– Building capacity for better dementia care

– Supporting the role of smaller long-term care homes

– Staffing solutions that will lead to better seniors’ care

Monette says the No. 1 issue at Garden Terrace in this year’s campaign is the need for more funds allocated to increase staffing.

The OLTCA is Canada’s largest long-term care association representing charitable, not-for-profit, private, and municipal long-term care operators.

People can write letters online by clicking here.

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Georgina Wiman shares why she loves being a PSW

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Letter to administrator outlines the impression residents have made on her

Shortly before Christmas, Garden Terrace personal support worker (PSW) Georgina Wiman was telling administrator Carolyn Della Foresta about some of the things she’s loved about her job during her nine years working at the Ottawa-area long-term care home. Della Foresta recommended Wiman write a letter outlining her thoughts, so that’s exactly what she did. Read more