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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

Homemade baking: it’s the Almonte Country Haven way

Pictured above, just a few examples of the many homemade foods prepared at Almonte Country Haven every day.

Baking everything from scratch is a cornerstone of the home’s quality commitment to residents

If there’s one thing nutritional care manager Dave Benn takes great pride in, it’s the fact that virtually all of the baked goods he and his team serve each day at Almonte Country Haven are made from scratch. Read more

Country Terrace Everyday Hero brings humour, compassion, commitment to work each day

Country Terrace LEA Rachael LeBlanc is seen here with her Everyday Hero Award. The award was presented to Rachael June 17 during a ceremony at the home.

Rachael LeBlanc ‘is always going above and beyond what is required, (and includes) everyone in the home’

Life enrichment aide Rachael LeBlanc always wanted to work with seniors, and her passion for working with Country Terrace’s residents shows in her work, says Christie Patterson, the Komoka long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator. Read more

‘Hats off’ to Streamway Villa for creating fun, engaging program for residents

Pictured above, Streamway Villa residents were treated to their second Red Hat Tea Social on Feb. 16.

Recent donation inspires home to start a Red Hat club

When a friend of Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Christina Verleysen recently donated a large bag of hats she had collected over the years to the Cobourg long-term care home, the chapeaus were put to good use. Read more

New Burnbrae Gardens colouring program is proving beneficial to residents with dementia

‘I’ve never seen the residents so engaged and focused’

A resident at Burnbrae Gardens who is living with cognitive impairment sometimes becomes agitated and upset. But when life enrichment staff hand the resident some pencil crayons and pages from a colouring book, she will immediately become calm and focused. Read more

OMNI highlights for 2017: managers’ forum, capital redevelopment, continuing quality enhancement

President and CEO Patrick McCarthy discusses what’s most exciting for OMNI in 2017

The annual managers’ forum, continuing the journey of enhancing quality throughout the organization and starting its capital redevelopment process will be some of the most exciting highlights for OMNI Health Care in 2017, says president and CEO Patrick McCarthy. Read more

Springdale residents’ council replaces presidency with ‘executive team’

From left to right, Springdale Country Manor residents Juanita Blake, Elizabeth Burton and Noreen Chandler have found a new way to empower all members of the home’s residents’ council.

Move aimed at making council meetings more democratic

Springdale Country Manor’s residents’ council is taking a new approach to make the group more democratic.

Rather than having a president, the group has decided to make the entire council an “executive team.” Their reasoning is simple: residents want everyone to feel equally involved in decision making.

Elizabeth Burton, a past president of Springdale’s residents’ council, says she prefers the team approach to running the council.

Elizabeth says when the group has a president, residents might feel obligated to go along with the president’s ideas. However, when it’s a group-led approach, people feel more comfortable expressing their thoughts.

Meetings, she says, are more interactive these days.

“Everybody is satisfied this way, and you don’t this feeling of ‘she’s the boss’ during meetings,” Elizabeth tells The OMNIway. “And I think that’s the way it should be.”

Life enrichment co-ordinator Candice Stewart has acted as the primary assistant during residents’ council meetings. One of the things she has worked to instil in the group is the importance of residents being self-advocates.

“I see them becoming more independent and taking on council meetings for themselves, with staff members being there only as assistants,” Candice says.

A group-led approach to residents’ council, she says, is a good way to promote self-advocacy.

“If residents want something, they have to say something. If they see something that doesn’t seem right, they have to say something,” she says. This is their home first, so educating residents that this is their home first has been a big thing.”

Planning resident outings are an important function of residents’ council meetings. Council member Juanita Blake says it’s important everyone on the council feels comfortable providing ideas and advocating for the activities they would like.

“Spring is coming, and we want to get out of the home when the weather starts getting nice and find places to go, so planning outings is important (to council members),” Juanita says.

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Frost Manor gets 100% of staff members vaccinated for flu

Home wins contest for highest percentage of OMNI team members vaccinated

Tim Hortons outlets around the City of Kawartha Lakes can expect to see a little more business, courtesy of staff members at Frost Manor. Read more

Alzheimer Society creates new resources to help families and LTC staff collaborate on care

‘Families may have never been to a long-term care home before, so we’re trying to help them understand that they have a very important role to play’

The Alzheimer Society of Canada has recently created a new set of resources to help ease the transition for people living with cognitive impairment into long-term care homes. The resources are also aimed at helping long-term-care home staff and families work together to make the transition easier for new residents. Read more