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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

Unbelievably realistic pets bringing unbelievable joy to Burnbrae residents

Burnbrae Gardens resident Frank Trombley is seen here holding one of the Companion Pets the Campbellford long-term care home recently purchased.

Companion Pets enhancing quality of life for residents of all cognitive abilities

CAMPBELLFORD, Ont. – A Burnbrae Gardens resident sits with a life-size mechanical cat on her lap. She softly strokes the cat, which happily purrs in response. Read more

Streamway’s new RPN-BSO’s experience has made new role a ‘smooth transition’

Administrator Kylie Szczebonski discusses the strengths Kristyn Skitch brings to the position

Streamway Villa administrator and director of care Kylie Szczebonski says Kristyn Skitch has made a “smooth transition” into her new role as the Cobourg long-term care home’s RPN-BSO. 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

Enhancing quality of life is a team effort, Streamway Villa case study demonstrates

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 in June. Sarah presented a case study on

Streamway Villa BSO-RPN Sarah Wilson (left) is seen here holding her Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award, alongside the home’s administrator and DOC Kylie Szczebonski, in June. Sarah presented a case study on managing end-stage dementia and irreversible delirium during an Oct. 27 Central East LHIN BSO meeting.

Streamway BSO-RPN and NP present success story during Central East BSO meeting

Streamway Villa RPN-BSO Sarah Wilson and nurse practitioner (NP) Dmitri Goold presented a case study Oct. 27 focused on managing end-stage dementia and irreversible delirium during a Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) meeting on Oct. 27. Read more

Riverview RPN-BSO says best part of her work is enhancing residents’ quality of life

Vanessa Soto-Ward, pictured at right with BSO lead Becky Dennie, has been an RPN-BSO at Riverview Manor since July. Vanessa has worked at the Peterborough long-term care home since 2013. She says her previous experience working with residents has been an asset to her new role.

Vanessa Soto-Ward, pictured at right with BSO lead Becky Dennie, has been an RPN-BSO at Riverview Manor since July. Vanessa has worked at the Peterborough long-term care home since 2013. She says her previous experience working with residents has been an asset to her new role.

‘To see that change and to see them smiling is really nice,’ says Vanessa Soto-Ward

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Vanessa Soto-Ward says her favourite part of her job as a registered practical nurse (RPN) for Riverview Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) program is seeing the difference team members make when they enhance residents’ quality of life. Read more

Living OMNI’s values earns Logan Burrows an Everyday Hero Award

Riverview Manor PSW Logan Burrows (right) is seen here accepting the Peterborough long-term care home's Everyday Hero Award from OMNI president and CEO Patrick McCarthy on June 10.

Riverview Manor PSW Logan Burrows (right) is seen here accepting the Peterborough long-term care home’s Everyday Hero Award from OMNI president and CEO Patrick McCarthy on June 10.

PSW has also been a champion at making Riverview Manor’s BSO program successful

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Logan Burrows is always living OMNI Health Care’s values and is a resident-focused personal support worker (PSW) who enhances quality of life for the 124 people living at Riverview Manor, say her co-workers. It’s these attributes that earned her an Everyday Hero Award. 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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BSO knowledge sharing attributed to low resident agitation at Pleasant Meadow

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‘When we find something that works, we just make sure that it keeps getting passed on’

When Pleasant Meadow Manor staff members attend Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) educational sessions they always return with knowledge they can bring back to their colleagues, says Chris Garden. Read more