Willows Estate residents craft sentiments of love

Singer, candy carts part of Valentine’s Day celebrations

Love, flowers and candy are three things that come to mind for Willows Estate residents as they contemplate the meaning of Valentine’s Day. Read more

Christmas at the Willows: Great food and fun mark annual resident and family dinner

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Staff members from all departments worked together to make event successful

Willows Estate’s Dec. 5 resident and family Christmas dinner provided an evening of great food and great fun while raising money for the Aurora long-term care home’s residents’ council. Read more

Willows residents help volunteer send Christmas cards to Canadian soldiers overseas

Willows Estate volunteer Dianne Harrison, pictured here standing, poses for a photo with some of the Aurora long-term care home's residents who helped send signed Christmas cards to Canadian troops stationed overseas. Dianne has collected about 3,500 Christmas cards from the community this year.

Willows Estate volunteer Dianne Harrison, pictured here standing, poses for a photo with some of the Aurora long-term care home’s residents who helped send signed Christmas cards for Canadian troops stationed overseas. Dianne has collected about 3,500 Christmas cards from the community this year as part of an annual initiative to wish Armed Forces personnel a merry Christmas.

Residents sign 56 of the more than 3,500 cards Dianne Harrison will be sending

For 12 years, Aurora, Ont. resident and Willows Estate volunteer Dianne Harrison has been involved in an initiative to send as many Christmas cards as possible to troops serving in the Canadian Armed Forces overseas. Read more

Busy autumn underway at Willows Estate

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Home marks Halloween, gears up for bazaar

A staff member donning a silly hat or a fancy scarf dangling from a resident’s neck is bringing fun and laughter to Willows Estate. Read more

(VIDEO) ‘Fun with Flags’ and other quality focused videos from OMNI

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Team members from Village Green, Willows Estate and West Lake Terrace can be seen showcasing their knowledge of quality and quality improvement in the latest group of video skits from OMNI Health Care’s leadership forum.

The focus of Village Green’s skit is identifying “flags” or risk factors pertaining to individual residents, such falling or continence issues. Village Green’s skit, which is a parody of a newscast, can be seen here.

Meanwhile, team members from Willows Estate and West Lake Terrace explained the importance of setting priorities and how this relates to quality in long-term care in their skits. The folks from the Willows used a storytelling theme for their video, while the West Lake Terrace team used a question-and-answer session as their prop.

The Willows Estate video can be seen here.

The West Lake Terrace video can be seen here.

OMNI’s 18 long-term care homes were each tasked to create a skit focused on an area of quality. The skits were performed at the forum, which was held in Kingston May 17-19. The skits were judged in three categories: information value, entertainment value and their relevance to long-term care.

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Western-themed activities score high resident engagement marks

Riverview Manor resident Ulva Braden poses for her "most wanted" photo during the home's Western Week in June.

Riverview Manor resident Ulva Braden poses for her “most wanted” photo during the home’s Western Week in June.

OMNI values of fun and creativity lead to new discoveries for two homes

Fun and creativity are two of OMNI Health Care’s core values that help ensure a high quality of life for the more than 1,400 residents living in the organization’s 18 long-term care homes. Read more

Willows Estate’s Western Day brings residents together, promotes collaboration

Residents and staff members from Willows Estate recently celebrated Western Day at the Aurora long-term care home.

Residents and staff members from Willows Estate recently celebrated Western Day at the Aurora long-term care home.

Program underscores value of theme days in LTC homes, says LEC

A spur-of-the-moment decision brought a western-themed event to Willows Estate residents that proved to be a valuable engagement tool. Read more

Staff commended for helping make couple’s anniversary celebration special

Willows Estate resident Doreen Cowl and her husband Bill are seen here in two photographs: one from their wedding day in 1953 and one from their anniversary celebration on Sept. 30.

Willows Estate resident Doreen Cowl and her husband Bill are seen here in two photographs: one from their wedding day in 1953 and one from their anniversary celebration on Sept. 30.

Willows Estate helps resident Doreen Cowl and her husband toast 62 years

Willows Estate resident Doreen Cowl and husband Bill celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary at the Aurora long-term care home on Sept. 30 with the help of staff members. Read more

Willows Estate’s annual BBQ strengthens ties with families

 

Cheryl and Evie Roy are seen here with Elvis impersonator Dave Robinson during Willows Estate's recent family barbecue.

Cheryl and Evie Roy are seen here with Elvis impersonator Dave Robinson during Willows Estate’s recent family barbecue.

Almost 100 people attend this year’s event

Willows Estate’s annual family barbecue on June 24 was once again an opportunity to strengthen bonds with residents and their family members. Read more

Seven-year volunteer Jayne Philip reflects on experience at Willows Estate

Willows Estate volunteer Jayne Philip (left) is seen here with resident Sybil Bellmore during a knitting program at the Aurora long-term care home.

Willows Estate volunteer Jayne Philip (left) is seen here with resident Sybil Bellmore during a knitting program at the Aurora long-term care home.

‘I think the person that volunteers gets more out of it than the residents do’

AURORA, Ont. – Jayne Philip began volunteering at Willows Estate about seven years ago when she and a friend made a quilt for the Aurora long-term care home. Read more