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Village Green BSO team stemming responsive behaviours, sharing knowledge

Village Green health-care aide Sylvia O’Brien (left) and RPN Denise Simpson (right) work on the home’s Behavioural Supports Ontario team.

The referral process the home uses is making everyone’s job easier and creating a stronger team

SELBY, Ont. – In the year and a half since Village Green was awarded funding from the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) for a part-time registered practical nurse (RPN) and personal support worker (PSW) to add to the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team, the Greater Napanee long-term care home has been able to stem responsive behaviours and also share valuable knowledge. Read more

Gardening program at Frost Manor is curbing agitation for residents with cognitive impairment

Frost Manor

The program, which was created by the home’s BSO team, is particularly having a positive impact on a resident who wanders

An indoor gardening program created by Frost Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team that’s aimed at curbing agitation in residents with cognitive impairment is making a positive impact, especially on one resident. Read more

Daily learning experiences come with being on Riverview Manor’s BSO team: BSO-RPN

Three of the members of Riverview Manor’s BSO team: From left to right, PSW Karlie Phillips, RPN Sarah Plumpton and BSO lead Becky Dennie.

Applying BSO education is reducing agitation and enhancing the quality of life for residents

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Registered practical nurse (RPN) Sarah Plumpton says working with Riverview Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team is providing her with new learning opportunities every day. Read more

Frost Manor’s new washroom signs decreasing confusion

BSO team comes up with solution to end washroom-tub room confusion

When Frost Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team noticed some residents were trying to enter the tub room while trying to find the washroom, they came up with an idea in December to get new signage to make things simple. Read more

RN says Frost Manor’s white board is streamlining communication among staff to prevent behaviours

Brittney Sharpe commends BSO team for creating multidisciplinary communication tool

Frost Manor RN Brittney Sharpe says the new white board created by the Lindsay long-term care home’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team is streamlining communication among staff members and fostering a strong team effort to prevent responsive behaviours from residents with cognitive impairment. Read more

BSO team creates communication tools to share information, enhance residents’ quality of life

Frost Manor RN Brittney Sharpe is seen here looking at the home’s new white board.

New communication boards at Frost Manor helping all staff members prevent responsive behaviours

Frost Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team has created new communication tools to help share information with other staff members from all departments to enhance quality of life for residents living with cognitive impairment. Read more

Frost Manor BSO team working to decrease wandering with new hallway murals

Pictured above, Frost Manor recently used money provided from the BSO initiative to have murals painted on the walls of the home to help residents navigate hallways.

Murals will make it easier for residents with cognitive impairment to navigate the home

Frost Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team is working towards decreasing wandering in residents with cognitive impairment with a new project to help make navigating the Lindsay long-term care home’ s hallways easier. Read more

Meet Kristyn Skitch, Streamway Villa’s new RPN-BSO

Streamway Villa’s new RPN-BSO, Kristyn Skitch (left), is seen here with the Cobourg long-term care home’s administrator and director of care, Kylie Szczebonski.

Kristyn says seeing BSO’s positive impact on residents helps drive her in her new role

Kristyn Skitch has been named Streamway Villa’s new RPN-BSO (registered practical nurse for the Behavioural Supports Ontario program). Read more

Streamway Villa helping other LTC homes implement BSO interventions

With BSO embedded in Streamway’s culture, team members are positioned to help others

Since implementing the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) initiative in 2012, Streamway Villa has had many successes improving the quality of life for residents with responsive behaviours. Read more

Sarah Wilson receives Elisabeth Hinton Award for work enhancing residents’ quality of life

Streamway Villa BSO-RPN Sarah Wilson (left) is seen here holding the Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award, alongside the home’s administrator and DOC Kylie Szczebonski. Wilson received the award at a June 9 ceremony at the Cobourg long-term care home.

Streamway Villa BSO-RPN Sarah Wilson (left) is seen here holding the Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award, alongside the home’s administrator and DOC Kylie Szczebonski. Wilson received the award at a June 9 ceremony at the Cobourg long-term care home.

BSO-RPN ‘goes above and beyond the call of duty for OMNI, Streamway Villa and the residents’

COBOURG, Ont. – Streamway Villa Behavioural Supports Ontario registered practical nurse (BSO-RPN) specialist Sarah Wilson is the recipient of the 2016 Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award.

The award was presented to Wilson during a ceremony at the Cobourg long-term care home June 9.

Wilson began her career at Streamway Villa in 2011, shortly after completing her nursing education. When Streamway Villa received funding for BSO education through the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), Wilson was “eager” to pursue an opportunity to learn about BSO and apply its techniques at the home, says Aimee Merkley, OMNI Health Care’s western director of operations.

BSO is a provincial initiative to help enhance quality of life for seniors affected by dementia and other conditions that cause agitation. The funding, which is provided to long-term care homes through Ontario’s14 LHINs, is largely put towards staff education.

A highlight of Wilson’s career has been her work to reduce antipsychotic medication administration to residents with responsive behaviours. After Wilson and administrator Kylie Szczebonski assessed antipsychotic usage at Streamway Villa in 2011, Wilson, by applying her BSO knowledge, helped reduce antipsychotic administration from 55 per cent to one per cent.

“Her dedicated work has put Streamway Villa on the map in the Central East LHIN as a (long-term care home) that manages responsive behaviours very well,” Merkley says.

“Her research and persistent conversations with families and physicians made this project successful.”

Additionally, Wilson has shared knowledge from her BSO training with her colleagues at Streamway Villa and with other long-term care homes in the region.

The Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award is presented to a registered nurse or registered practical nurse working in an OMNI long-term care home who demonstrates excellence in nursing and exhibits kindness and caring in everything he or she does.

The award is named after Elisabeth Hinton, the first director of nursing at Garden Terrace, an OMNI long-term care home in Kanata. A highly skilled, patient and calm nurse leader who carried herself with tremendous class and professionalism, Hinton passed away in 2007.

“Sarah deserves this award because she represents what Elisabeth Hinton was,” Merkley says. “The nursing managers nominated Sarah for the Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award because she goes above and beyond the call of duty for OMNI, Streamway Villa and the residents.”

Looking ahead, Wilson says she plans to continue training others in the methodologies she has learned, such as the Gentle Persuasive Approach and P.I.E.C.E.S. (physical, intellectual, emotional, capabilities, environment and social). While happy to receive the Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award, Wilson says she was surprised by the honour.

“This is absolutely incredible and emotionally overwhelming,” she says.

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