LEA underscores value of including families in programming

Life enrichment aide Shannon Lynch (left) and personal support worker Becky Smith (right) join outreach worker France Jalbert (centre) as she plays her ukulele for residents at Forest Hill.

‘I have so many family members who want to come in for certain programs, just because they see the joy that the programming is giving their loved ones’

Life enrichment aide (LEA) Shannon Lynch says she engages Forest Hill’s residents’ family members in programming for two reasons: it makes everyone happy and family members get to see first-hand how their loved one’s quality of life is being enhanced. Read more

LEA discusses strengths needed when leading programming for residents with cognitive impairment

‘You have to adapt to the environment, the situation and the behaviour at the moment’

Forest Hill life enrichment aide (LEA) Shannon Lynch says leading programming with residents who have cognitive impairment requires team members to focus on preventing responsive behaviours while being a multitasker who is caring for each resident’s needs. Read more

Expert offers tips on helping people with dementia enjoy meals

‘Be patient are the key words here’

It can be challenging to encourage people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to eat full meals, but Bob DeMarco, an expert on Alzheimer’s disease and founder of the Alzheimer’s Reading Room, has provided some ideas to help caregivers. Read more

Riverview St. Paddy’s party celebrates all things Irish

Pictured above, Riverview Manor residents and staff members were decked out in green for the home’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

More than 60 residents and family members attend evening of fun and entertainment

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Everyone was a bit Irish at Riverview Manor on the evening of March 16, as the Peterborough long-term care home celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with food and entertainment. Read more

Streamway life LEA Nancy Williams retiring after nearly 28 years

Streamway Villa

‘I’ve made some lasting friendships here and they have all been very meaningful’

On March 26, life enrichment aide (LEA) Nancy Williams will retire after spending nearly 28 years working at Streamway Villa, but she plans to remain a face around the Cobourg long-term care home. Read more

Resident handyman getting things done at Frost Manor

Frost Manor resident Gerald Hefferon and co-op student Nick Grimes are seen here repairing a hand-sanitizer at the Lindsay long-term care home.

Gerald Hefferon has been a big help to the maintenance department

Frost Manor resident Gerald Hefferon used to work as a carpenter and is an all-around handy guy. So when he was looking for work to do around the Lindsay long-term care home, staff members were more than happy to accommodate him. Read more

Frost Manor resident Joy Dobson bringing expertise to laundry department

Resident Joy Dobson (centre) is seen here in the laundry department at Frost Manor with staff members Megan Wilson (left) and Tanya Smith (right). Joy has been regularly helping staff members sort and fold laundry.

‘Anytime a resident wants to participate or shows interest, we are pleased that we are adding value to their quality of life’

Frost Manor resident Joy Dobson has experience managing a laundry facility, so it’s no surprise she has brought some of her expertise to help out the laundry department at the Lindsay long-term care home. Read more

Pleasant Meadow program gets residents chatting about travel

‘Armchair travel’ program is piquing the interest of some residents, bringing back fond memories for others

Pleasant Meadow Manor residents can travel around the world with the help of a program the Norwood long-term care home has created to foster discussion and help people reminisce. Read more

Village Green receives BSO funding to help enhance residents’ quality of life

Funding put towards extra hours for a PSW and RPN to be dedicated to behavioural supports

Village Green is one of six long-term care homes in the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to recently receive funding to help support Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO), and this funding will help enhance quality of life for the home’s residents, says Debbie McTaggart. Read more

Keeping hands busy fends off agitation, increases residents’ appetite: LEC

Finger-painting on an iPad and potato-peeling are among activities that are helping West Lake residents most

West Lake Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Janie Denard says programming aimed at enhancing quality of life for residents affected by cognitive impairment is not only preventing agitation, it’s also increasing appetites. Read more