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Connie Coll reflects on year volunteering at Springdale with her cat, Hero

Therapeutic Paws of Canada volunteer Connie Coll and her cat, Hero, are pictured here during a recent visit to Springdale Country Manor.

She says working with residents has reinforced the value pet therapy brings to people living in LTC homes

SPRINGVILLE, Ont. – Connie Coll says the support she and her cat, Hero, have received from Springdale Country Manor has been “wonderful” since the duo began volunteering at the Peterborough County long-term care home 15 months ago. Read more

Burnbrae Gardens staff and residents wear hockey jerseys in support of Humboldt Broncos

Burnbrae Gardens staff and residents are pictured here on April 12 wearing hockey jerseys in support of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team.

Administrator April Faux was impressed how there was no planning involved to join #JerseysforHumboldt campaign – it happened organically

Residents and staff members at Burnbrae Gardens showed their support for the Humboldt Broncos on April 12 when they joined the #JerseysforHumboldt campaign in support of those affected by the recent bus crash that claimed the lives of members of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team and employees. Read more

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

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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

Village Green takes new approach to serving pureed meals

Village Green nutritional care manager Miranda Ray stands with other team members, holding a plate of pureed turkey, mashed potatoes and carrots that look very different from the usual pureed turkey, mashed potatoes and carrots.

Nutritional care team is serving purees shaped like meat and vegetables. This is having a positive impact on food intake

The Village Green nutritional care team recently introduced pureed meat and vegetables that are shaped like the real thing, and it’s having a positive impact on meal intake. Read more

Easter brings intergenerational programming to Burnbrae Gardens

‘The look on the residents’ faces was worth every ounce of energy that it took to put together’

It was a busy Easter season this year at Burnbrae Gardens, with the Campbellford long-term care home hosting an Easter-egg hunt and inviting local schoolchildren to engage with residents. Read more

OMNI applauding 2018-19 budget for addressing small LTC homes, providing funding increases

But while funding earmarked in the budget will help make Ontario LTC homes more viable, there are still improvements that need to be made, says OMNI president and CEO

OMNI Health Care is applauding the Ontario government for commitments made in the 2018-19 budget to support the province’s long-term care sector and for the fact this year’s budget pays attention not seen before to small long-term care communities. Read more

West Lake’s partnership with hospice creates a positive outcome for resident affected by depression

Since one-on-one visits began three months ago, resident’s quality of life has improved

A West Lake Terrace resident who was suffering from depression is now eating better, socializing and participating in programming since he started getting one-on-one visits from a Hospice Prince Edward volunteer. Read more

Village Green participates in Nutrition and Hydration Week

Pictured above, Village Green hosted a taste panel to test new menu items on March 13. The event was part of the home’s focus on Nutrition and Hydration Week.

Global campaign aimed at promoting healthy eating and staying hydrated

Village Green joined an international campaign March 12-16, when the Greater Napanee long-term care home participated in Nutrition and Hydration Week. Read more

Training in LTC homes gives occupational therapy students important transferable skills

Fleming College instructor Jeanette Boersma (standing, far left) is seen here with some of her occupational therapy students and physiotherapist assistant Jody Harris.

Better communication and learning how to work with people with a broad range of abilities are some of the skills Fleming College students are perfecting at Riverview Manor

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Enhanced communication skills and experience working with people who have a broad range of physical and cognitive abilities – these are some of the key benefits Fleming College occupational therapy students are reaping through a nine-week placement at Riverview Manor, says their instructor, Jeanette Boersma. Read more

Fleming College students modify neck brace to help Riverview resident with Parkinson’s

Fleming College instructor Jeanette Boersma (standing, far left) is seen here with some of her occupational therapy students and physiotherapist assistant Jody Harris.

This is just one example of the benefits students bring to residents through placement partnership

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – A group of Fleming College occupational therapy students and their instructor recently modified a neck brace for a Riverview Manor resident affected by Parkinson’s disease who was having difficulty keeping her head up while walking. Read more