‘From the moment I started working at OMNI, I knew wanted to stay with OMNI’

Pictured above, Lyndsay Irwin (left) recently became the life enrichment co-ordinator at Frost Manor. Lyndsay is seen here with volunteer Laurie Brooks.

Frost Manor’s new LEC, Lyndsay Irwin, reflects on her career with OMNI

Frost Manor’s new life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), Lyndsay Irwin, says she knew she wanted a career at an OMNI Health Care long-term care home from the day she interviewed for her first job with the organization in 2013. Read more

NCM says he’s enjoying taking on new challenges at Frost Manor

Frost Manor nutritional care manager Zach Jarvis is seen here at work in the Lindsay long-term care home.

Zach Jarvis brings food-service experience in restaurant and retirement homes to his position

LINDSAY, Ont. – Zach Jarvis is four months into his position as nutritional care manager (NCM) at Frost Manor, and he says he’s enjoying the challenges his new role presents. Read more

OMNI homes put ‘plating with pride’ into practice

Village Green nutritional care manager Miranda Ray stands with dietary team members, holding a plate of pureed turkey, mashed potatoes and carrots.

Nutritional care staff’s creativity impacting appetites

From serving a pureed carrot in the actual shape of a carrot to piping chocolate cheesecake dessert into an edible “tulip,” OMNI Health Care nutritional care team members are becoming increasingly creative in the kitchen. Read more

Riverview Manor resident raises $70 to help those affected by Humboldt Broncos tragedy

Riverview Manor resident Alan Simmons is seen here outside the Peterborough long-term care home with the memorial he created for the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. Alan also collected $70 recently for a local fundraiser to help those affected by the recent bus crash that claimed the lives of 16 Broncos players and staff.

Alan Simmons asked residents and staff to help, and the money started coming in

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Alan Simmons vividly remembers his days as a colour commentator at Peterborough Petes games for CHEX radio in the 1980s, often travelling between Ontario cities on the Petes’ team bus. Read more

Pleasant Meadow values, honours volunteers

Norwood long-term care home hosts appreciation tea

Whether they’re helping residents enjoy a game of bingo or sitting down for a one-to-one conversation, volunteers are an integral part of the fabric of Pleasant Meadow Manor. Read more

Student says Springdale placement is a step toward goal of becoming a nurse

Pictured above, Claire Shorten, a Grade 12 student at Crestwood Secondary School, is doing a placement at Springdale Country Manor.

‘It has been a really good experience; everyone has been really helpful, they are all willing to teach me and they have been supportive,’ Claire Shorten says of Springdale team

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Claire Shorten, a Grade 12 student at Crestwood Secondary School in Peterborough, says her placement work at Springdale Country Manor has been a step forward toward her career goal of becoming a nurse. Read more

Volunteer duo gives a ‘double boost’ to Frost Manor’s infection control

Frost Manor volunteers Carol Gadsden (left) and Christine Rose (right) are seen here with the home’s environmental services manager Rick Riel.

Christine Rose and Carol Gadsden ‘are an integral part of improving the residents’ quality of life’

LINDSAY, Ont. – Frost Manor volunteers Christine Rose and Carol Gadsden will offer their help anywhere it’s needed at the Lindsay long-term care home, but the duo plays a particularly important role keeping the 62 residents safe.

Working together, Christine and Carol help environmental services manager Rick Riel and his team with infection control. They pay extra attention to sanitizing high-risk areas of the home, such as hand rails, baseboards and doorknobs.

“They play a very important part (of infection control),” Rick tells The OMNIway. “We have only had one outbreak this year, and that’s a testament to all of the staff, but Christine and Carol come in and they do extra cleaning that the staff probably wouldn’t get to. … They give a double boost to the infection control process.

“They are an integral part of improving the residents’ quality of life,” Rick adds.

Christine and Carol also help with the laundry. Having two sets of extra hands helping with laundry ensures the laundry team never falls behind schedule, which is important since the home has a policy of getting residents their clean clothes returned to them within 24 hours, Rick notes.

“They help make that possible,” Rick says, adding, “I like having them here, and they enjoy coming here, and we have a lot of fun.”

“And Rick always keeps us involved in things, too,” Carol adds.

Christine and Carol were among the volunteers honoured with a special luncheon on April 19. Nutritional care manager Zach Jarvis and his team prepared a lunch of pork chops with a rosemary-sage cream sauce, roasted potatoes and vegetables, with cheesecake for dessert. Lyndsay gave a speech thanking all volunteers for their work and dedication to residents.

April 15-21 was National Volunteer Week 2018. The week is marked by events nationwide that celebrate volunteers and all they do to enrich the lives of others. This year marked the 77th National Volunteer Week.

Anyone interested in volunteering at an OMNI Health Care long-term care home can call 1-705-748-6631 for more information.

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Local students stop by Village Green to help honour volunteers

‘All the students were so amazing, such beautiful talent’

A group of students from Cornerstone Christian Academy paid a visit to Village Green on April 18 to help the Greater Napanee long-term care home pay tribute to its volunteers. Read more

New 160-bed Riverview Manor to be built by 2022

Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal (centre) is seen here speaking with Riverview Manor resident Robert Peltz (left) and OMNI Health Care president and CEO Patrick McCarthy on April 23. Leal was at the Peterborough long-term care home to announce that a new site for Riverview Manor would be built by 2022 as part of Ontario’s long-term-care-home renewal strategy.

Peterborough home approved for funding through province’s LTC redevelopment plan

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Exciting news came to OMNI Health Care on Monday (April 23), when it was announced the province will be funding the construction of a new Riverview Manor with 36 additional beds as part of the province’s capital redevelopment program for long-term care homes.

Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal was at Riverview Manor in Peterborough on Monday morning to make the announcement and to meet with OMNI president and CEO Patrick McCarthy as well as with residents and staff members.

Through the funding, a new Riverview Manor will be built in the city’s north end. OMNI is in the process of finalizing a land deal for the site of the new 160-bed Riverview Manor. The present home has 124 beds.

The Ontario government introduced a long-term-care-home renewal strategy in 2014 as a multiyear plan to support the renewal of 30,000 beds by 2025. The recent announcement of 5,000 additional beds, which includes Riverview Manor, supports the viability of the renewal program, McCarthy says.

OMNI has long supported the goal of rebuilding and modernizing older long-term care homes in Ontario, McCarthy says. Rebuilding and renovating homes will provide more comfortable, home-like rooms and amenities, enhance care and provide greater dignity for residents and families, he adds.

Newer homes will also offer wider hallways, smaller resident home areas, more storage and quieter, more home-like dining and lounge spaces. Privacy for residents will be improved through the elimination of three- and four-bed wards.

“(A new site for Riverview Manor) will enhance the environment for residents and their care, and create a safer and more comfortable living experience,” McCarthy tells The OMNIway.

McCarthy says OMNI is also applauding the province’s redevelopment program for the stability and viability it will create for Ontario’s long-term care homes.

OMNI’s older homes, he notes, have licences that expire in 2025. The new Riverview Manor will be a state-of-the-art Class A home and have a 30-year licence.

While having modernized long-term care homes is important, it’s the homes’ staff members who make the greatest difference. During his visit, Leal commended OMNI for its contribution to Ontario’s long-term care sector and Riverview Manor’s staff members for the service they provide.

“OMNI has a wonderful (presence) in the province of Ontario, and the team that’s here (at Riverview Manor) can take great satisfaction in the level of care that you provide, and that’s so important,” he said.

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Volunteer Laurie Brooks ‘brings a lot of life’ to Frost Manor

Pictured above, Laurie Brooks (right) has been volunteering at Frost Manor for 10 years. Life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Irwin (left) says Laurie is a “bright, bubbly personality who always brings a lot of life to the home.”

Laurie has been a dedicated volunteer at the home for 10 years

LINDSAY, Ont. – Laurie Brooks says she “always wanted to look after people,” so she decided to try her hand at volunteering at Frost Manor. Ten years later, Laurie is still a regular volunteer at the Lindsay long-term care home. Read more