EDITORIAL: Accreditation, advocacy, continued quality improvement will highlight 2018

We’re in a new year, and 2018 is stacking up to a busy one for OMNI Health Care, with a lot going on within the organization and the long-term care sector at large. Read more

Country Terrace hosts ‘fun in the sun’ themed town-hall meeting

Celebratory event is another chapter in the home’s culture-change journey

Team members at Country Terrace are on a culture-change journey to enhance quality all around at the Komoka, Ont., long-term care home, and they recently hosted a town-hall meeting with a “fun in the sun day” theme to celebrate and thank staff. Read more

Forest Hill LEA comes up with a ‘picture-perfect’ surprise for residents’ families

Forest Hill resident Barbara McWeeny poses for a Christmas photo that was taken by LEA Rita Gurova.

Rita Gurova photographs 144 residents and sends the pictures to families as gifts

Just before Christmas, Forest Hill life enrichment aide (LEA) Rita Gurova decided to marry her passion for photography with her passion for working with the Ottawa-area long-term care home’s residents. Read more

Haggis for all! Maplewood celebrates Robbie Burns Day

Pictured above, the haggis with whisky sauce Maplewood served for Robbie Burns Day.

Traditional Scottish fare and bagpipe music mark birthday of Scotland’s most celebrated poet

Maplewood residents and staff members celebrated the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns on Friday (Jan. 25) with a traditional Burns supper and bagpipe music. Read more

Frost Manor’s new dining-room sign stemming congestion, confusion for residents

BSO team’s intervention pays off immediately

When it was discovered that some residents were finding the congestion in Frost Manor’s lounge area confusing while walking to the dining room at mealtimes, the Lindsay long-term care home’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team came up with a solution. Read more

Riverview Manor receives funding to determine benefits of social work in BSO program

Social worker Laura Johnstone, pictured above, is working with Riverview Manor’s BSO team.

Social worker Laura Johnstone will be working with residents and BSO team until the end of March

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – As a social-work student, Laura Johnstone did her placement at Riverview Manor last summer and got to know many of the Peterborough long-term care home’s residents. Read more

Maplewood Lifetime Achievement recipient Rosie Rollins remembered as an ‘artist’ with a ‘heart of gold’

‘I truly believe that Rosie was the most generous person I knew,’ says administrator

Rosie Rollins was such a talented seamstress and knitter that Maplewood administrator Rachel Corkery says she’s best described as an “artist.” Read more

RN ‘creates possibility where others may see defeat’

Willows Estate’s Lily Martin receive Elisabeth Hinton Award

Buttering toast isn’t in her job description but Lily Martin has been known to roll up her sleeves and help out in the kitchen. Read more

Focusing on strengths and interests enhances quality of life for residents with dementia: LEC

Students from St. Michael Elementary School are seen here singing for Streamway Villa residents in December 2016. Intergenerational activities have long been favourite programs for the Cobourg long-term care home’s residents.

Streamway Villa residents benefiting from sensory activities, fitness program, music therapy and intergenerational get-togethers

Focusing on activities that play to people’s strengths and interests – especially those that encourage reminiscing – are proving to be effective at enhancing quality of life for long-term care residents living with dementia, says Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Christina Doughty. Read more

Frost Manor’s new washroom signs decreasing confusion

BSO team comes up with solution to end washroom-tub room confusion

When Frost Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team noticed some residents were trying to enter the tub room while trying to find the washroom, they came up with an idea in December to get new signage to make things simple. Read more