Home-hospice partnership positions West Lake to enhance quality of palliative care

Partnership will strive to provide residents ‘with the best service and the best care that we can while they’re in our home’

Janie Denard says the partnership West Lake Terrace and Hospice Prince Edward are in the first phase of creating to help enhance seamless palliative care in the region will enhance quality end-of-life care for residents. Read more

West Lake and hospice partnering to enhance palliative care in Prince Edward County

Partnership will bring palliative care volunteers to West Lake Terrace as well as provide education to staff

West Lake Terrace and Hospice Prince Edward are in the process of forming a partnership that will see trained volunteers from the hospice go to the long-term care home, should a person they’ve been serving in the community move into the long-term care home. Read more

Therapy dog and his owner are spreading cheer at West Lake Terrace

Pictured above, Gibson, a St. John Ambulance therapy dog, has been volunteering at West Lake Terrace with his owner, Lesley Campbell, for about a year.

Lesley Campbell says she and her pug, Gibson, get as much back as they give to the home

Lesley Campbell and her pet pug, Gibson, a St. John Ambulance therapy dog, have been volunteering every Monday at West Lake Terrace for about a year. Read more

West Lake LEC underscores importance of proactive end-of-life care planning

It’s especially important for staff to learn about the wishes of residents without families, says Janie Denard

When a resident without a family recently passed away at West Lake Terrace, staff members took it upon themselves to make arrangements and host a service at the home. Read more

When LTC staff becomes a resident’s family

West Lake Terrace LEC Janie Denard reflects on the emotional and learning experiences that come with being a resident’s closest connection

There’s a role long-term-care home staff members play that’s not often talked about, yet it’s a role they play frequently, says Janie Denard. That’s the role of being family to residents who have no relatives. Read more

Keeping hands busy fends off agitation, increases residents’ appetite: LEC

Finger-painting on an iPad and potato-peeling are among activities that are helping West Lake residents most

West Lake Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Janie Denard says programming aimed at enhancing quality of life for residents affected by cognitive impairment is not only preventing agitation, it’s also increasing appetites. Read more

West Lake Terrace forms new ‘small but mighty’ family council

New council seeks to create a partnership among family members, residents and staff

Life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Janie Denard made creating a family council at West Lake Terrace a goal for 2017. Thanks to her persistence, a group of family members has been formed to meet on a monthly basis. Read more

West Lake residents help design new décor in three areas of the home

Pictured above is some of the artwork West Lake Terrace residents have created to add to the home’s new decor.

‘This is their home, so we felt it was very important that they have a say in what colours were chosen’

When West Lake Terrace team members decided to make some renovations to the Prince Edward County long-term care home, they approached residents to help them design the new décor in the dining room, TV lounge and Montessori room. Read more

Local children’s choir performs for West Lake residents

LEA says intergenerational activity was beneficial for everyone

A choir made up of 14 children from nearby Emmanuel Baptist Church performed for nearly all of West Lake Terrace’s 47 residents on Dec. 29. Read more

OMNI team members know a good idea when they see one

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Creative, meaningful initiatives sparked by ideas from other places

The innovative initiatives introduced by team members at several OMNI Health Care homes this year have this in common: They came about because someone at the home recognized a good idea from somewhere else. Read more