Winterfest blows away the January blues

Village Green residents participate in week of fun laughter

January 21, 2013

Warm temperatures this month may have melted most of the snow in southeastern Ontario, but Village Green residents have been enjoying wintertime fun despite a snowless January.
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Staff, residents learn more about each other during outbreak

New games prompt encouraging results

January 18, 2013

Outbreaks in long-term care homes can be challenging for residents and staff members, but Woodland Villa has discovered an activity staff members can engage residents in that’s not only passing the time, it’s giving people a chance to know each other better.
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Have a wish? Country Terrace will make it come true

Home launches Key Wish program

January 17, 2013

Amanda Guthrie saw the positive impact a make-a-wish program had on residents — the smiles it brought them, the happiness they felt from having an important request granted — when she was working at a long-term care home as a co-op student.
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Looking for ways to recognize Alzheimer's Awareness Month?

Alzheimer Society offering tips to those wishing to raise awareness

January 16, 2013

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and if your long-term care home is looking for ways to raise awareness about dementia, a condition affecting about 747,000 Canadians, the Alzheimer Society of Canada can help.
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Staff, families helping keep Burnbrae outbreak-free

Ramping up disinfection, communication proving to be effective tools, says DOC

January 15, 2013

It has been widely reported that Canada is in the midst of a busy flu season that started earlier than usual, but Burnbrae Gardens has been successful at keeping outbreaks at bay, thanks to staff and family members.

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Making it easier to talk about dementia

Alzheimer Society launches campaign, and everyone can join

January 14, 2013

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and the Alzheimer Society of Canada has launched a nationwide campaign aimed at addressing myths and changing attitudes about Alzheimer’s disease and making it easier to talk about cognitive impairment.
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Singing helps heal

OMNI Health Care homes expanding the benefits of music therapy

January 11, 2013

KOMOKA, Ont. - Its benefits have been anecdotally and scientifically, recorded for decades – music therapy helps healing – in children with cancer, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, people with mental illness and even post-operative patients.
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Data benchmarking will help push quality agenda forward: McCarthy

Posting quality indicators ensures accountability, provides incentives for quality focus

January 10, 2013

OMNI Health Care president and CEO Patrick McCarthy says benchmarking of data will help enhance quality throughout the organization in 2013.
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Streamway Villa making wishes come true

'Wish box' open to suggestions starting today

January 9, 2013

In May 2011, Streamway Villa granted resident Elmer Arsenault’s last wish to attend a Toronto Blue Jays game. This kind gesture inspired another resident, Barb LeBlanc, to suggest before a recent residents’ council meeting the home do more to ensure people’s last wishes come true.
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Positive reinforcement pays off for Burnbrae managers

Front-line staff surprises home leaders with Christmas presents to show appreciation

January 8, 2013

Burnbrae Gardens administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator April Faux is extending her thanks to the Campbellford long-term care home’s front-line staff for the personalized gift baskets she and other managers received before Christmas.
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