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

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Expert uses interactive exercises to engage palliative-care network

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PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - Psychotherapist Dr. Brian Nichols recently provided a group of local caregivers — including several staff members from OMNI Health Care long-term care homes — with a series of interactive exercises to help them evaluate their work and encourage them to always make time for themselves.
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Resident-to-resident relations can create grey areas

When a long-term care home resident expresses romantic interest in another resident, it sometimes creates a grey area. What’s important, says Lesley Dale, is that residents’ rights are top of mind for home staff and family members.
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Supportive Measures key to preventing unwanted advances: administrator

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Although Pleasant Meadow Manor has not had incidents of residents making unwanted sexual advances on other residents, administrator and director of care Sandra Tucker says staff members would look first to a tried and proven intervention — Supportive Measures — if they occurred.
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Online test may be valuable tool in detecting Alzheimer's

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A new online test developed by Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center may help flag early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers.
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Prolific Canadian chiseler continues to create

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COBOURG, Ont. - From the town park and art gallery near her home at Streamway Villa in Cobourg to the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Frances Gage’s artistry graces many spaces for all to see.
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Article on resident violence highlights triggers

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Maclean’s story steers clear of laying blame

When a violent act occurs in a long-term care home, too often media outlets will cover the story, explain the incident in great detail but miss the bigger picture. The result is that fingers start pointing at the home and its staff members while the cause of the incident is ignored.
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Video proves to be engaging tool for educating staff on abuse

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When Country Terrace clinical care co-ordinator Kimberley Noftle had to lead an in-service recently focused on abuse, she didn’t want the session to be her merely standing in a room and talking in front of her co-workers. Because of the importance of the subject, she wanted everyone to be engaged and to walk away with an understanding of what abuse is so it can be recognized.
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Streamway Villa residents pay it forward

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Council helping people near and far

At their first meeting of 2014, members of the residents' council were ecstatic to learn that council's $300 donation to the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines was matched by OMNI Health Care and the federal government. The council also discussed the Christmas gifts they purchased for two local children in need through the Northumberland Mall Giving Tree program. The idea came from council vice-president Barb LeBlanc in consultation with other residents.
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Videos will discuss changes in LTC, demonstrate how OMNI is accommodating

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OMNI Health Care president and CEO Patrick McCarthy recently stopped by the newsroom to talk about the changing landscape in long-term care and what OMNI is doing to better accommodate those the changes.