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Here are the latest news stories from OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes across southern Ontario.

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

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.
Village Green resident Grace Huffman poses with entertainer Billy Bridger on Aug. 23 during a cruise of the Thousand Islands.
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Village Green cruise makes resident’s dream come true

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.
Village Green residents (pictured above) recently went to a car show at the A&W in Napanee.
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Car show helps connect Village Green residents to community, builds relationship for home

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.
Bonnie Duff dancing with a resident of Almonte Country Haven, Fran Murkar.
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Manager Bonnie Duff’s upbeat outlook causes ‘outbreak’

When music starts playing at Almonte Country Haven, you can be sure that if Bonnie Duff is nearby, her feet will start twitching. Soon enough, she’ll up and ready to dance and looking for a dance partner in a resident or fellow staff member.
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OMNI wants to see province’s first $10M BSO investment put towards staffing

OMNI Health Care wants to see the first $10-million Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) investment from the 2016-17 budget put towards increasing staffing levels in the province’s long-term care homes to help meet residents’ needs and provide supports for those living with dementia.
Two Anastasia’s: Anastasia (Anna) Chapman sitting with Almonte Country Haven resident Anastasia Coulas.
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Almonte’s Everyday Hero: ‘That Scottish lady with the sense of humour’

Anastasia (known as Anna) Chapman has long been known as “that Scottish lady with the sense of humour.” Now she’s got a new title, “Everyday Hero.”
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Music therapy calming agitation, enhancing quality of life at Riverview Manor

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - Music is proving to be an effective tool for calming agitation and enhancing quality of life for people living at Riverview Manor.
West Lake Terrace residents are seen here gathering around the "campfire" during an Aug. 17 program at the home.
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Campfire program spawns high engagement for residents of all abilities

A makeshift campfire in the activity room at West Lake Terrace on Aug. 17 proved to be the perfect tool for engaging residents of all cognitive abilities and garnering a lot of participation, says life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Janie Denard.
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VIDEO: Riverview Manor hosts carnival week for residents

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - Riverview Manor hosted a weeklong carnival for residents last week to make the most of the warm summer weather and bring OMNI Health Care’s core value of fun and laughter to the forefront.