Pleasant Meadow celebrates the season with afternoon of food and fun

Resident Ken Austin and life enrichment co-ordinator Chris Garden share a dance during Pleasant Meadow Manor's Dec. 8 Christmas party.

Resident Ken Austin and life enrichment co-ordinator Chris Garden share a dance during Pleasant Meadow Manor’s Dec. 8 Christmas party.

More than 100 people attend resident, family member, volunteer and staff party

Pleasant Meadow Manor hosted a Christmas party Dec. 8 that brought together residents, volunteers, family members and staff for an afternoon of food and fun. Read more

Pleasant Meadow applies for funding to hire PSW to bolster BSO program

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BSO-trained staff have helped reduce psychotropic medications and enhanced residents’ quality of life

Pleasant Meadow Manor has applied to the province for a full-time personal support worker (PSW) to bolster the Norwood long-term care home’s involvement with the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) initiative. Read more

Staff encouragement helps Pleasant Meadow family council grow

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Council has increased from 2 to 8 members, thanks to high engagement

After many months of encouragement from staff, Pleasant Meadow Manor has seen its family council increase from two to eight members. Read more

Popsicles, ice water cooling things down at Pleasant Meadow Manor

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Home limits residents’ exertion during hot summer days

Helping residents and staff keep their cool is top of mind for Pleasant Meadow Manor these days. Read more

(VIDEO) Rosebridge, Pleasant Meadow skits use humour to underscore quality

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Rosebridge Manor and Pleasant Meadow Manor both used humour to underscore the importance of quality in the skits they produced at OMNI Health Care’s leadership forum. Read more

Pleasant Meadow Manor donates excess wheelchair, walker

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Items that can’t be used at long-term care home are on a ship to Africa

When a family asked if Pleasant Meadow Manor could make use of their loved one’s wheelchair and walker, health-care aide Heather Sherry had a brainwave.
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Pleasant Meadow Manor thanks volunteers with a luncheon

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LEC underscores value of those who donate their time to the home

Pleasant Meadow Manor thanked its volunteers by hosting a luncheon at the Norwood long-term care home on April 14. Read more

BSO knowledge sharing attributed to low resident agitation at Pleasant Meadow

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‘When we find something that works, we just make sure that it keeps getting passed on’

When Pleasant Meadow Manor staff members attend Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) educational sessions they always return with knowledge they can bring back to their colleagues, says Chris Garden. Read more

Pleasant Meadow gentlemen’s club engaging male residents

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‘They’re coming, they’re enjoying it, and they’re looking forward to the next time’

A program launched in January is proving to be a successful tool for engaging the men living at Pleasant Meadow Manor.

Finding meaningful programming for male residents is often a challenge for long-term care home life enrichment departments. The gentlemen’s club, which is the brainchild of life enrichment aide Leslie Rogers, is solving that challenge.

Prior to the gentleman’s club, Rogers led a woodworking program. However, many of the men involved with the woodworking program are no longer at the home and there was a lack of interest among others to join, so she had to come up with a new idea.

Between six and 10 men living at the Norwood long-term care home have attended the past three sessions. Getting the guys to come has been easy, Rogers says. Before each session she posts a notice in front of the activity room that reads, “Welcome to the gentlemen’s club.”

Each 30-minute session begins with a meet-and-greet where everyone introduces themselves. Rogers then hosts a trivia game focused on areas of interest for the men. The sessions also have a discussion component. Rogers will initiate the discussions by bringing something to the program that interests the men, such as a toolkit.

The March session featured a guest speaker. The gentleman had lived in Norwood all his life, and he spoke about his experiences living in the town, following up with a question-and-answer session.

“They’re coming, they’re enjoying it, and they’re looking forward to the next time,” Rogers tells The OMNIway, adding the program is suitable for residents of all cognitive abilities. “I’m trying to make each program as interesting as possible to keep them hyped up about it.”

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Effie Reid awarded 50-year pin for service to legion’s ladies’ auxiliary

Effie Reid, pictured above, was recently honoured with a 50-year service pin from the ladies’ auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 52.

Effie Reid, pictured above, was recently honoured with a 50-year service pin from the ladies’ auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 52.

Pleasant Meadow Manor resident proud of her decades of service

Pleasant Meadow Manor resident Effie Reid was recently honoured with a 50-year service pin from the ladies’ auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 52, for her five decades of service. Read more