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Editorial: Canada’s new dementia strategy creates opportunity for LTC sector

With the passing of Bill C-233 in June, Canada became the 30th country to launch a national dementia strategy. This, of course, is welcomed news for people living with dementia and their families as well as for the long-term care sector. Read more

Home-hospice partnership positions West Lake to enhance quality of palliative care

Partnership will strive to provide residents ‘with the best service and the best care that we can while they’re in our home’

Janie Denard says the partnership West Lake Terrace and Hospice Prince Edward are in the first phase of creating to help enhance seamless palliative care in the region will enhance quality end-of-life care for residents. Read more

Art program instilling a sense of creative pride in Village Green residents

Village Green residents are seen here painting away in the home’s Art with Martha program, which is overseen by volunteer Martha de Bruyn.

Residents will soon see their paintings adorning the halls

An art program at Village Green has instilled a sense of creative pride among residents at the Greater Napanee long-term care home, while encouraging people to try their hand at something new. 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

Frost Manor combines education and fun to raise awareness of LTC safety

Frost Manor

Frost Manor

‘It has been nice to do something fun and different and to get everyone involved’

Frost Manor recently hosted a health and safety week that married safety awareness with OMNI Health Care’s core values of knowledge, creativity, and fun and laughter. 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

Riverview Manor hosts barbecue to thank volunteers

Riverview Manor life enrichment aide Rosemary Roseborough cuts into volunteers’ “thank-you” cake during a June 14 barbecue at the Peterborough long-term care home.

‘Each and every one of you plays a very special role here’

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Riverview Manor honoured its volunteers on June 14 with a barbecue to thank them for their service to the Peterborough long-term care home’s residents. Read more

OMNI working to standardize food service for residents on dysphagia diets

Pictured above, a diagram of the IDDSI framework, which OMNI is working towards implementing.

Organization will become an early adopter of IDDSI framework, in an effort to enhance quality and safety

OMNI Health Care is embarking on a project to adopt the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI), a worldwide framework for creating consistent definitions of thickened fluids and texture-modified foods, in an effort to enhance food quality and safety in its 18 long-term care homes. Read more

Petting zoo engages Streamway residents on many levels

Pictured above, scenes from the petting zoo that Streamway Villa hosted on June 3.

‘The residents didn’t want to go back inside. It was one of those magical days where everything just worked out perfectly’

The return visit of Kristie’s Little Portable Petting Zoo to Streamway Villa brought about a lot of fun, laughter and reminiscing for residents, while providing a conversation piece for the surrounding community. Read more

Link between quality and care delivery strengthened at 2017 Quality Forum

Presentations highlight this important connection

CALABOGIE, Ont. – There is a strong link between quality and care delivery in long-term care, and one of the goals of OMNI Health Care’s 2017 Quality Forum was to highlight this connection. Read more