OMNI is ‘Takin’ Care of Business’ in 2017

OMNI Health Care’s theme for 2017 is Takin’ Care of Business.

OMNI is in the people business. We’re people caring for people, so the concept of taking care of business is not just about the numbers, it’s not about any single aspect of the organization, it’s about taking care of all aspects of the organization that supports the concept of people taking care of people. Read more

OMNI highlights for 2017: managers’ forum, capital redevelopment, continuing quality enhancement

President and CEO Patrick McCarthy discusses what’s most exciting for OMNI in 2017

The annual managers’ forum, continuing the journey of enhancing quality throughout the organization and starting its capital redevelopment process will be some of the most exciting highlights for OMNI Health Care in 2017, says president and CEO Patrick McCarthy. Read more

2 OMNI chefs get private meeting with celebrity chef Vikram Vij

OMNI operations manager of nutrition and food services Chris Weber (far left) and Frost Manor nutritional care manager Neil MacDonald (second from left) are seen here with Canadian celebrity chef Vikram Vij during a private information session hosted by Shalit Foods. During the session, Weber and MacDonald learned about cooking South Asian meals to meet the needs of a growing multiethnic long-term care resident population.

Session was focused on preparing South Asian foods to meet the needs of changing demographics in LTC

Two OMNI Health Care team members were invited to a private information session with Canadian celebrity chef Vikram Vij on Jan. 20. Read more

Alzheimer Society creates new resources to help families and LTC staff collaborate on care

‘Families may have never been to a long-term care home before, so we’re trying to help them understand that they have a very important role to play’

The Alzheimer Society of Canada has recently created a new set of resources to help ease the transition for people living with cognitive impairment into long-term care homes. The resources are also aimed at helping long-term-care home staff and families work together to make the transition easier for new residents. Read more

VIDEO: Medication Safety in LTC: How auditing keeps residents safe

In Part 10 of The OMNIway’s video series on medication safety in long-term care, we speak with Carla Beaton, Medical Pharmacies’ vice-president of clinical innovations and quality improvement, about how auditing medications helps keep long-term care residents safe. Read more

Collaborative approach helps create meaningful connections for people with dementia

Caregivers and families can work together to discover best approaches

Many people with dementia living in long-term care homes are in the late stages of the disease and may have difficulty verbally communicating. This can make it challenging for their families and caregivers to connect with them, but there are tools available to help create meaningful connections, says the Alzheimer Society of Canada’s director of education Mary Schulz. Read more

VIDEO: Medication safety in LTC: How families can help

In Part 9 of The OMNIway’s video series on medication safety in long-term care, we speak with Carla Beaton, Medical Pharmacies’ vice-president of clinical innovations and quality improvement, about how the family members of residents in long-term care homes can participate in the medication safety process. Read more

Alzheimer Society’s 2017 campaign focuses on how dementia impacts everyone

‘If you talk to random people, everyone has been touched by this condition’

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia affects more Canadians than the 564,000 the Alzheimer Society of Canada estimates are living with the condition. This is a key message behind this year’s awareness campaign. Read more

LTC home entertainer combines his love of working with seniors with passion for music

James Skarnikat has performed more than 1,000 shows at Canadian long-term care and retirement homes in the past six years.

James Skarnikat has performed at more than 1,000 LTC and retirement homes, including 3 OMNI homes

Six years ago, Hanover, Ont. resident James Skarnikat combined his love of working with the elderly with his passion for music and set out on a career that has made him a top entertainer in Canadian long-term care and retirement homes. Read more

(VIDEO) Medication safety in LTC: Medication error prevention

In Part 7 of The OMNIway’s video series on medication safety in long-term care, we speak with Carla Beaton, Medical Pharmacies’ vice-president of clinical innovations and quality improvement, about medication error prevention in long-term care. (Click here to watch video) Read more