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

Riverview Manor’s therapy partnership with Fleming College a ‘win-win’

Fleming College instructor Jeanette Boersma (standing, far left) is seen here with some of her occupational therapy students and physiotherapist assistant Jody Harris (standing, far right). The students are doing a placement at Riverview Manor as part of a partnership between the Peterborough long-term care home and college.

Residents get additional help in the physio program, while students gain valuable experience

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – A collaboration between Riverview Manor and Fleming College’s occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant program is a “win-win” for both the Peterborough long-term care home and the students involved with the partnership, says instructor Jeanette Boersma. Read more

Volunteer Jeanne Irvine has been making Village Green residents smile for 22 years

Village Green volunteer Jeanne Irvine is seen here playing bingo with residents.

Volunteering started as a way for Jeanne to spend her time during her retirement. It has turned into a mission of love

SELBY, Ont. – Jeanne Irvine has been a dedicated volunteer at Village Green for about 22 years. What began as a pursuit to keep busy in her retirement has turned into a passion for helping people living at the Greater Napanee long-term care home. 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

Village Green’s people have kept Judy McCullough volunteering

Village Green volunteer Judy McCullough.

‘I just love to volunteer, and this was a place that fit me’

SELBY, Ont. – Judy McCullough recalls how one day she walked into Village Green and there was a group of residents who were waiting to see what outfit she would be wearing that day. Judy always comes in at the same time, and the ladies were anxiously awaiting her arrival. Read more

Winter Games helps Forest Hill life enrichment team increase programming participation

Forest Hill residents pose with their medals at the close of the Winter Games on Feb. 26. The Ottawa-area long-term care home hosted events to coincide the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Hosting Olympic-themed activation increased resident participation, says LEC Craig Forrest.

Life enrichment team adds Olympic twist to scheduled events, much to residents’ enjoyment

Embracing the spirit of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games proved to be the perfect way to increase participation in activities at Forest Hill, says the Ottawa-area long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC). Read more

Love in the air at OMNI homes

Pictured above, scenes from the Valentine’s Day celebrations at Rosebridge Manor and Frost Manor.

Rosebridge Manor and Frost Manor make Valentine’s Day extra-special

From “Cupid” handing out flowers and stuffed animals to pureed chocolate cheesecake piped into “tulips,” Rosebridge Manor made Valentine’s Day an affair to remember. Read more

Working for Village Green is like working for family, says long-time employee

Mary Esterbrook, pictured above, has been serving Village Green residents for 38 years.

Mary Esterbrook, who has worked at the home 38 years, also says she has learned a lot and has seen many positive changes

Mary Esterbrook says one of the reasons she has remained a Village Green team member for 38 years is because working at the Selby, Ont., long-term care home is like working for family – literally. Read more

‘We’re following the OMNIway’

Maplewood anticipates, preps for accreditation

“Excited” is not the first adjective that naturally comes to mind to describe the accreditation process. Read more