How a stop at Springdale Country Manor became a 12-year volunteering stint for Julie Hume

Springdale Country Manor volunteer Julie Hume (left) and resident Grace McBride hoist the parachute residents have been making in a crafts program.

Volunteering provides opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives, she says

Julie Hume used to go for a walk every morning past Springdale Country Manor with a friend who volunteered at the Peterborough County long-term care home. Read more

The power of music brings Springdale residents together

‘Music is the heart of their soul; they just love the music and the entertainment’

When it comes to creating engaging programming for residents living with cognitive impairment at Springdale Country Manor, nothing piques people’s interest as much as music, says Sonia Murney. Read more

Sonia Murney comes ‘home’ to Springdale

Sonia Murney (centre) is seen here in this Dec. 14, 2014 file photo with representatives from the Millbrook Needlers Quilt Guild. Sonia, who has worked at Springdale Country Manor and Riverview Manor in the past, recently returned to Springdale as the home’s new full-time life enrichment co-ordinator.

New LEC a familiar face at Peterborough-area LTC home

Sonia Murney has worked in a few long-term care residences, but it’s Springdale Country Manor she considers “home.” Read more

Springdale residents sell cupcakes to raise $120 for Humane Society

Springdale Country Manor residents (left to right) Ruth Maw and Juanita Blake are seen here selling cupcakes at the home Feb. 26.

‘They had a really fun day selling the cupcakes’

A group of Springdale Country Manor residents and staff members got together in late February to bake a variety of cupcakes that were sold to raise money for the Peterborough Humane Society. Read more

VIDEO: Hero the cat comes to Springdale for pet therapy

Pet therapy is a favourite activity for many long-term-care home residents, and a new cat therapy program at Springdale Country Manor is bringing a unique feline to residents every Friday. Read more

Springdale residents’ council replaces presidency with ‘executive team’

From left to right, Springdale Country Manor residents Juanita Blake, Elizabeth Burton and Noreen Chandler have found a new way to empower all members of the home’s residents’ council.

Move aimed at making council meetings more democratic

Springdale Country Manor’s residents’ council is taking a new approach to make the group more democratic.

Rather than having a president, the group has decided to make the entire council an “executive team.” Their reasoning is simple: residents want everyone to feel equally involved in decision making.

Elizabeth Burton, a past president of Springdale’s residents’ council, says she prefers the team approach to running the council.

Elizabeth says when the group has a president, residents might feel obligated to go along with the president’s ideas. However, when it’s a group-led approach, people feel more comfortable expressing their thoughts.

Meetings, she says, are more interactive these days.

“Everybody is satisfied this way, and you don’t this feeling of ‘she’s the boss’ during meetings,” Elizabeth tells The OMNIway. “And I think that’s the way it should be.”

Life enrichment co-ordinator Candice Stewart has acted as the primary assistant during residents’ council meetings. One of the things she has worked to instil in the group is the importance of residents being self-advocates.

“I see them becoming more independent and taking on council meetings for themselves, with staff members being there only as assistants,” Candice says.

A group-led approach to residents’ council, she says, is a good way to promote self-advocacy.

“If residents want something, they have to say something. If they see something that doesn’t seem right, they have to say something,” she says. This is their home first, so educating residents that this is their home first has been a big thing.”

Planning resident outings are an important function of residents’ council meetings. Council member Juanita Blake says it’s important everyone on the council feels comfortable providing ideas and advocating for the activities they would like.

“Spring is coming, and we want to get out of the home when the weather starts getting nice and find places to go, so planning outings is important (to council members),” Juanita says.

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Springdale resident Juanita Blake honoured for her commitment to others

Springdale Country Manor resident Juanita Blake is seen here holding her Lifetime Achievement Award. Juanita helped form a welcoming committee at the Peterborough County long-term care home. The award is to honour her for her efforts in helping new residents feel at home.

Resident receives Lifetime Achievement Award for her passion for welcoming new residents to the home

Springdale Country Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Candice Stewart recalls the day when a resident moved into the Peterborough Country long-term care home and Juanita Blake was there to show her around and take her to her room. Read more

Springdale discovers the purr-fect pet therapy program

Springdale Country Manor residents Peter Holland and Noreen Chandler are seen here spending time with Hero, a Siberian forest cat, in the home’s activity room. Springdale recently started a cat therapy program at the residents’ request.

New therapeutic cat program reaches residents at emotional and social levels

Springdale Country Manor residents have benefited from dog therapy programs, and now the Peterborough County long-term care home is offering a program for feline fanatics. Read more

Springdale RN’s professionalism, work ethic sets example, say colleagues

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Rhonda Beal named home’s Inspired Leader

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Springdale Country Manor registered nurse Rhonda Beal has always been someone other front-line staff members can turn to for advice, and her work is always done “meticulously,” say her colleagues at the Peterborough County long-term care home. Read more

Self-determination, physiotherapy gets Springdale resident mobile again

Springdale Country Manor resident Noreen Chandler (left) and physiotherapy assistant Laura Pammett are seen here in the Peterborough County long-term care home's garden.

Springdale Country Manor resident Noreen Chandler (left) and physiotherapy assistant Laura Pammett are seen here in the Peterborough County long-term care home’s garden.

In only one month, Noreen Chandler went from needing a wheelchair to walking independently

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Springdale Country Manor resident Noreen Chandler says her self-determination and guidance from the home’s physiotherapy program helped her regain mobility she lost after a fall in only a month. Read more