Village Green family and friends BBQ builds strong community atmosphere

Village Green’s July 22 family and friends barbecue brought 111 people to the Greater Napanee long-term care home to enjoy an afternoon of food and fun.

Annual summer event brings 111 people to home

Village Green’s annual barbecue brought 111 people together to enjoy food, entertainment and socializing at the Greater Napanee long-term care home on July 22. Read more

Art program instilling a sense of creative pride in Village Green residents

Village Green residents are seen here painting away in the home’s Art with Martha program, which is overseen by volunteer Martha de Bruyn.

Residents will soon see their paintings adorning the halls

An art program at Village Green has instilled a sense of creative pride among residents at the Greater Napanee long-term care home, while encouraging people to try their hand at something new. Read more

Casino trip hits the jackpot for Village Green residents

Village Green residents, their families and staff members are seen here in front of Shorelines Casino in Belleville on June 12. The group went to the casino for an outing that included lunch and, of course, time spent playing the slot machines.

‘Everyone is asking when we can do this again’

A June 12 trip to Shorelines Casino in Belleville had such a positive impact on a group of Village Green residents and their families that many are still talking about the outing. Read more

When Village Green resident starts singing, a new program is born

Pictured above, Jeanne Irvine has been volunteering at Village Green for more than 20 years. Jeanne, who plays guitar, recently started a music program at the Greater Napanee long-term care home that’s piqued the interest of several residents.

Volunteer Jeanne Irvine leading new guitar singalong activity, thanks to inspiration from resident

Village Green volunteer Jeanne Irvine was talking with residents recently when one of them began singing. Then another resident began to hum along. Read more

Jeanne Irvine’s volunteering has made a difference to Village Green residents for 20-plus years

Pictured above, Jeanne Irvine has been volunteering at Village Green for more than 20 years.

‘The minute I walked through the door and met the residents I loved it’

Jeanne Irvine has been volunteering at Village Green for more than 20 years and she has enjoyed every minute of it. Read more

Village Green receives BSO funding to help enhance residents’ quality of life

Funding put towards extra hours for a PSW and RPN to be dedicated to behavioural supports

Village Green is one of six long-term care homes in the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to recently receive funding to help support Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO), and this funding will help enhance quality of life for the home’s residents, says Debbie McTaggart. Read more

Winterfest warms up Village Green with fun and laughter

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Annual celebration keeps winter blues at bay, garners high engagement level

After all the excitement and energy that comes with Christmas and new year’s celebrations, January can be a bit of a disappointment. But for several years, the folks at Village Green have hosted Winterfest, a weeklong event every January to fend off the winter blues and keep everyone’s spirit high – even if the weather is cold and dismal. Read more

Village Green cruise makes resident’s dream come true

Village Green resident Grace Huffman poses with entertainer Billy Bridger on Aug. 23 during a cruise of the Thousand Islands.

Village Green resident Grace Huffman poses with entertainer Billy Bridger on Aug. 23 during a cruise of the Thousand Islands.

Fred Pym wanted to take a cruise for years but it never happened until he moved to Village Green

Village Green resident Fred Pym had always wanted to take a dinner cruise. For years he had saved money and planned trips, but never went.

On Aug. 23, Pym’s dream of taking a cruise came true when he and other residents at the Napanee long-term care home went on Village Green’s annual tour of the Thousand Islands. Pym couldn’t be happier with the experience.

“I’ve been trying for a long time to go on a boat cruise, but I just could never make it, but I sure enjoyed it,” Pym tells The OMNIway. “I was really happy (to learn) we were going on a cruise.”

Pym, who has lived at Village Green since May, says his favourite part of the cruise was the on-board entertainment, which was provided by Billy Bridger, a noted singer and impersonator.

Pym says the cruise has been one more aspect to life at Village Green he has enjoyed.

“Everything they do here (at Village Green) I am happy with,” he says.

Village Green residents and staff members take a cruise every August around the Thousand Islands, a group of more than 1,800 islands in the St. Lawrence River. This year about 30 residents and staff members went on the cruise.

“It was a beautiful day and the lunch was amazing,” says life enrichment co-ordinator Karen Coulter, noting guests had a choice of roast beef, chicken marsala, salmon or a vegetarian dish.

Coulter says a lot of work went into organizing this year’s tour, adding a “generous donation” from a family allowed four more residents to go on the outing.

Every staff member helped make the trip possible, Coulter says. From the life enrichment staff to the front-line staff getting the residents ready in the morning to the hairdressers to the volunteers to the bus driver and all the people at 1000 Islands Cruises, everyone pitched in to make sure the residents enjoyed the outing.

“The whole team made this such a success,” Coulter says. “It was such a perfect day.”

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Car show helps connect Village Green residents to community, builds relationship for home

Village Green residents (pictured above) recently went to a car show at the A&W in Napanee.

Village Green residents (pictured above) recently went to a car show at the A&W in Napanee.

Event sees residents meet old friends, while connecting staff to car club

A recent visit to a local car show in Greater Napanee created a connection between Village Green and local car enthusiasts as well as provided an opportunity for the long-term care home’s residents to connect with their past. Read more