Staff enthusiasm lights up Woodland Villa Fair

Resident Bernedette Lefleche joins in removing RPN Jake Hulse’s beard as part of a fundraiser at the Woodland Villa Fair on Aug. 17

Resident Bernedette Lefleche joins in removing RPN Jake Hulse’s beard as part of a fundraiser at the Woodland Villa Fair on Aug. 17.

Attendance by residents from three other long-term care homes also lifts spirits

The annual Woodland Villa Fair had a bright energy this year as staff members enthusiastically participated and residents from three other long-term care homes joined the Aug. 17 festivities. Read more

Bonnie Loney’s heart of gold deeply appreciated at Woodland Villa

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‘The residents and their families hate the summer when she is gone’

While she was on vacation this summer, Bonnie Loney texted her colleague, Kim Lama, at Woodland Villa where they work. Loney, a personal support worker (PSW), was concerned about the health of one of the residents at the long-term care home. Read more

What can we learn from OMNI’s Inspired Leaders?

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Award recipients model mentor leadership, dedication to learning, professionalism, kindness

From director of care Janna Sabourin’s growth as a “mentor” leader to registered nurse Susan Kellar’s dedication to continuous learning, there is much to learn from the 2016 Inspired Leader awardees. Read more

Woodland DOC’s growth as a leader inspires award

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‘She is bringing the frontline staff in as part of the solution’: administrator Michael Rasenberg

Since stepping into her role as director of care (DOC) at Woodland Villa, Janna Sabourin has grown in her leadership ability, administrator Michael Rasenberg says. Read more

VIDEO: Strong data, preparing for new residents and efficient care highlight this week’s quality skits

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Team members from Woodland Villa, Country Terrace and Riverview Manor provide informative and entertaining skits in this week’s series of quality-focused videos. Read more

Woodland Villa embarks on culture-change initiatives to enhance quality

A mural at Woodland Villa is bringing love to everyone.

A mural at Woodland Villa is bringing love to everyone.

If staff members are happy, residents will be happy

The Woodland Villa team is working at changing the culture at the Cornwall-area long-term care home to ensure all-around high morale; and the new changes centre on a single idea: happy staff members result in happy residents. Read more

Woodland plans to share more stories in OMNIway to maintain high morale

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‘We are just trying to make our home the best that it can be’

Keeping a high level of team-member morale is important in long-term care homes, and Woodland Villa is planning to use The OMNIway as a means of keeping spirits up, says Christina Edgar, the home’s office manager. Read more

Former Woodland PSW returns Christmas Day to help out

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Melody Letford and her daughter do residents’ hair and makeup, make day easier for staff

Melody Letford just couldn’t stay away from Woodland Villa on Christmas Day.

Although she no longer works at the Cornwall-area long-term care home as a personal support worker (PSW), Melody is well aware of the challenges team members face during the busy holiday season.

So, on Dec. 25, she and her daughter, Meghan, stopped by Woodland Villa to do residents’ makeup and hair.

Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year for family visits at the 111-bed home, and residents always want to look their best. Knowing this, Melody didn’t think twice about volunteering her time.

“I wanted to do something with my daughter that was special on Christmas Day, and I missed being at the home,” Melody, who left her position at Woodland Villa about a month ago, tells The OMNIway.

“My daughter and I went over, and she did the makeup and I did their hair, and we had a great time talking to the residents. … It was really nice to be back to see the residents and the staff again.”

Ethel Britton, a registered nurse at Woodland Villa, says the gesture from Melody and Meghan was well-received by residents and staff members.

“On a busy day like Christmas, this meant a lot to residents and staff,” she says.

Kim Lama, Woodland Villa’s nursing administrative services manager, agrees.

“It was a great help for the PSWs working that day, and the ladies loved it,” she says.

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Woodland Inspired Leader, Everyday Hero share a common trait

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A ‘positive, upbeat and outgoing attitude’ make Kim Lama and Dorothy Gellately ideal award recipients

Director of care Janna Sabourin says the two Woodland Villa staff members who received the Cornwall-area long-term care home’s Inspired Leader and Everyday Hero awards this year share a common trait: their “positive, upbeat and outgoing attitude.” Read more

Loved ones, faith brighten lives of Woodland Villa residents

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Residents took time to reflect during home’s Country Fair in August

Asked about moments of joy and brightness in their lives now as residents of Woodland Villa long-term care home, most responses centre on relationships, people, loved ones.

“Mixing with other people is a great enjoyment,” says Iris Riviere, whose upbeat spirit clearly adds a vibrancy to home.
“Knowing not just the same old people, though I like the same old people, but we need to mix with new people.”

Riviere shares this response during Woodland Villa’s annual Country Fair in September, when the home opened its doors to the broader community for a day of festivities, food and fun. Riviere got right into the fun of the day, mingling with the crowds and also taking great glee in targeting the home’s administrator Michael Rasenberg during a pie-throwing contest.

For Bill O’Connor, his daily joy comes from being with his wife, Beth, who has advanced-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

“I’m 82 and Beth is three years younger than me,” O’Connor says. “My joy here at the home is to spend as much time as I can with her, making sure she eats well and that she has her health looked after.”

O’Connor adds that he feels reassured by the care his wife does receive at the home. “All of them look after her care and needs and that gives me great joy, know how well she is looked after.”

In addition to his time with his wife, O’Connor’s long-held fascination for mathematics energizes his mind.

“The thing that has always intrigued me in my life has been mathematics,” he says, referring to a particular computation that especially fascinated him, which had to do with a comet breaking up as it approached the planet Jupiter. Using mathematical formulas, scientists were able to predict when and where the comet pieces would hit the planet. “That really intrigued me,” O’Connor says.

Another resident mentions visits from extended family members as the times that rejuvenate him, though they happen less frequently than he’d like.

For Lucilla Maheu, also a resident of Woodland Villa, her faith is her biggest and most constant source of joy at this time in her life. A rosary that she has with her all the time reminds her that she is not alone and that she is cared for at all times.

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