Springdale partnership providing valuable work experience to students

Mark Wilkins (second from left), a child and youth counsellor with Kinark Child and Family Services, is seen here with a group of students from Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School during a visit to Springdale Country Manor to prep the home’s gardens for planting.

A partnership between LTC home and a social-service agency is creating opportunities for teens

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – A partnership between Springdale Country Manor and the Kinark Child and Family Services’ S.T.R.I.V.E. (Support Teenagers in Readiness for Independence, Vocation and Education) program is offering a unique way to help local high school students make a difference in their community. Read more

TASSS students begin annual garden planting at Springdale

Pictured above, TASSS student Lincoln is seen here at work in one of the gardens at Springdale Country Manor.

Partnership providing students in S.T.R.I.V.E. program with valuable experience while helping to beautify the home

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – It’s a Friday morning and a group of students from Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School (TASSS) are busy prepping the gardens at Springdale Country Manor for a planting session in summer. Read more

Springdale residents’ creativity nets $935 for their council

Jim Gunsolus poses with Springdale Country Manor volunteer Julie Hume in front of the “wheelbarrow of wine” draw he won on May 18. The draw raised $935 for Springdale’s residents’ council.

Money raised from ‘wheelbarrow of wine’ fundraiser will be put towards outings

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Springdale Country Manor residents collected $935 for the home’s residents’ council on May 18 during the “wheelbarrow of wine” draw they organized. Read more

Co-op student gaining valuable LTC experience at Springdale

Brit Harrison, pictured above, has been doing her high school co-op placement Springdale Country Manor. Brit is planning to become a PSW and says working at the home is providing her with valuable experience.

Brit Harrison says she plans to become a PSW

Brit Harrison says she’s enjoying her high school co-op placement at Springdale Country Manor, noting the Peterborough County long-term care home is a place she’d like to eventually work. Read more

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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